Memorable lines from Oscars’ 2014 best-picture nominees


The Academy Awards are renowned for great acceptance speeches, but actors couldn’t thank the academy without reading great lines from films first.

’12 Years a Slave’

“I don’t want to survive. I want to live.”
— Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor)

“I will not fall into despair ’til freedom is opportune!”
— Solomon Northup

‘American Hustle’

“Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, but you had to survive?
— Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale)

“When you are offered a favor or money, take the favor, not the money. Jesus said that, didn’t he?”
— Irving Rosenfeld

‘Captain Phillips’

“I am the captain now!”

— Muse (Barkhad Abdi)

Phillips: “There’s got to be something other than being a fisherman or kidnapping people.”
Muse: “Maybe in America.”

— Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) speaking with Muse

‘Dallas Buyers Club’

“I’m the drug dealer? No, you’re the (expletive) drug dealer. I mean, (expletive), people are dying, and y’all are up there afraid that we’re gonna find an alternative without you.”

—- Ron Woodroof (Mathew McConaughey)

“Let me give y’all a little news flash. There ain’t nothin’ out there that can kill (expletive) Ron Woodroof in 30 days.”

— Ron Woodroof


“I’m different from you. That doesn’t make me love you any less. It actually makes me love you even more.”

— Samantha (Scarlett Johansson)

“Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel, and from here on out I’m not gonna feel anything now. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.”

— Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix)


“Have a drink with your old man. Be somebody!”

— Woody Grant (Bruce Dern)

Will: “So, you told the sheriff that you were walking to Nebraska?”
Woody: “That’s right. To get my million dollars.”

— David Grant (Will Forte) talking with father Woody.


“I’d like to know if Anthony ever thought of me.”
— Philomena (Judi Dench)

“I did not abandon my child. He was taken away from me.”

— Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

“My Name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made $49 million, which really pissed me off, because it was three shy of a million a week.”

— Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio)

“Sell me this pen!”

— Jordan Belfort

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