With the Oscars 2014 starting in just a few hours, here is a brief overview of some of this year’s best quotes from the nominated movies.
Amy Adams in American Hustle
I am being real. This is who I am
says Amy Adams’ character (Sydney Prosser) in a scene from American Hustle where she reveals she is not British and was faking her British accent. She is so used to her fake British personality though, that as she is saying “I am done with her,” her “r” slips into the British pronunciation. She is wearing hair curlers in the scene—a repeated element throughout the film, as Christian Bale’s character is wearing a wig, and Bradley Cooper’s character is curling his hair too. All of them are somehow altering their image, in a way not “being real.” While Sydney is saying “This is who I am,” the camera shows her from behind, thus still not revealing her true identity. Amy Adams is nominated for Best Actress, one of American Hustle’s 10 nominations.
Anwar Congo In The Act of Killing
This is how you do it without too much blood
says Indonesian Anwar Congo in Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing. Anwar is showing how he was killing people with a wire during Indonesia’s 1965 genocide. Anwar appears happy and nonchalant about the fact he has killed more than 1,000 people.
Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo Di Caprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo Di Caprio and Matthew McConaughey are nominated for the Best Actor Oscar—Di Caprio for his performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. In The Wolf of Wall Street, the two actors appear together in a scene where McConaughey’s character is beating his chest and humming (video above). McConaughey explained (video below) explained the humming was not in the script originally, but is something the actor does to relax his voice and prepare for acting. When Di Caprio saw him doing the humming while preparing for the scene, he suggested to McConaughey to do it in the scene.
Ushio Shinohara in Cutie and the Boxer
Cutie and the Boxer documentary follows the lives of Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. They live in a shabby flat in New York and struggle with money, yet keep pursuing their artistic aspirations. In one of the archive footage scenes in movie, Ushio says:
We are the ones suffering the most from art.
Alexander Payne’s Nebraska
The black-and-white Nebraska is nominated for Best Picture. It if wins, it will be the second black-and-white film in three years to win the Best Picture—The Artist won in 2012.
June Squibb is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Nebraska. She has been acting for 84 years, but this is her first nomination.
Spike Jonze’s Her
Joaquín Phoenix’s is in a relationship with his computer Samantha. In one of the scenes, Samantha, who is an operating system without a human body, says:
I had this terrible thought…Are these feelings even real? Or are they just programming?
Her is nominated for Best Picture. Scarlett Johansson, who appears only as Samantha’s voice, would have been the major favorite for the Voice-Only Actress Oscar.
Jeremy Scahill in Dirty Wars
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill interviews an anonymous inside man in the Dirty Wars documentary, which investigates the deaths of innocent civilians killed by American soldiers in Afghanistan and other countries. The unidentified man says American soldiers have greatly abused their powers and committed acts of “questionable legality.” He also says:
The world is a battlefield and we are at war.