"We are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood. I think that's probably a good thing. We are the ones who talked about AIDS when it was only being whispered ... We talked about civil rights ... I'm proud to be part of this Academy, proud to be part of this community, proud to be 'out of touch.' This group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the back of theaters." (McDaniel, the first black performer to receive an Oscar, won for her role in "Gone With the Wind.")
-Proud Liberal George Clooney
The characters "taught all of us who made Brokeback Mountain so much about not only gay men and women whose love is denied by society, but just as important the greatness of love itself."
-Ang Lee, the first Asian to win the Academy Award for best director