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What they were saying at the Oscars

Notable quotes from the 84th annual Academy Awards presented Sunday in Los Angeles:

"Next year this'll be called the Flomax theater." — Host Billy Crystal, referring to several elderly nominees this year, including Max von Sydow and Christopher Plummer.


"You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?" — Christopher Plummer, on winning for best supporting actor for "Beginners." At 82, he is the oldest Oscar winner in the 84-year history of the Academy Awards.


"When they said my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America, 'oh no, oh not her again,' but whatever."

"I really understand I'll never be up here again. I see my life before my eyes." — Meryl Streep, winning for best actress for "The Iron Lady," her third Oscar in a record 17 nominations.


"A year ago today we were sitting in our editing room, depressed thinking nobody was ever going to see this movie and a friend said, "don't worry, next year you'll be at the Oscars" and we said, "you're an idiot." So we'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to him and say you're a lot smarter than we thought." — Dan Lindsay, on winning best documentary feature for "Undefeated."


"I know it's a huge thrill to be nominated, but it's awesome to win and it's really underrated." --- Rob Legato, on winning for visual effects for "Hugo."


"At this time many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics." — Asghar Farhadi, director-writer-producer, on winning best foreign language film for "A Separation."


"I was genuinely starstruck when I met Kermit the Frog. Like many stars here tonight, he's a lot shorter in real life." — Bret McKenzie, who won best original song for "Man or Muppet:"


"I just want to thank everybody who's here tonight and everybody who isn't and everybody who's ever been born or may be born or be born again or reborn. If I've forgotten anybody then you probably know who you are." — Philip Stockton, winning for sound editing for "Hugo."


"I don't have to wait for a wedding to tell the world how wonderful she is." — Terry George, who won for best live action short "The Shore" with daughter Oorlagh George.


"My mother is here from Omaha. She made me promise that if I ever won another Oscar, I'd dedicate it to her just like Javier Bardem did with his mother." — Alexander Payne, on winning best adapted screenplay for "The Descendants."


"If George Valentin could speak, he'd say, 'Wow! Merci beaucoup! Genial! Formidable!'" (Wow. Thank you very much. Great. Fantastic.) — French actor Jean Dujardin, winning for best actor for "The Artist," referring to his character in the silent film.


"Let's get out of here." — Kirk Baxter, on winning achievement in film editing for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."