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Penélope Cruz Oscar Speech + Goldie Hawn & Whoopi Goldberg: The Oscars

Penélope Cruz, Eva Marie Saint, Goldie Hawn

“This is not going to be 45 seconds, I can say that right now,” said best supporting actress winner Penélope Cruz (for Vicky Cristina Barcelona). “Has anybody ever fainted here? Because I might be the first one. Thank you so much to the Academy. I want to share this with my fellow nominees and with the amazing ensemble of actors that I had the privilege to work with in this movie. Thank you, Woody [Allen], for trusting me with this beautiful character. Thank for you having written over all these years some of the greatest characters for women.”

Cruz also thanked Bigas Luna and Pedro Almodóvar, and added, “I grew up in a place called Alcobendas, where this was not a very realistic dream. And I, always on the night of the Academy Awards, I stay up to watch the show and I always felt that this was, this ceremony was a moment of unity for the world because art, in any form, is and has been and will always be our universal language and we should do everything we can, everything we can, to protect its survival.”

At the end of her speech, she spoke in Spanish to dedicate her award to her fellow Spanish performers.

Cruz's award was presented by last year's winner, Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton).

Also on the Oscar stage were previous best supporting actress winners Goldie Hawn (1969, Cactus Flower), Whoopi Goldberg (1990, Ghost), Anjelica Huston (1985, Prizzi's Honor), and super-veteran Eva Marie Saint (1954, On the Waterfront), one of the best actresses of her generation.

Photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Goldie Hawn, Whoopi Goldberg, Anjelica Huston, Penélope Cruz, Tilda Swinton, and Eva Marie Saint

Goldie Hawn, Whoopi Goldberg, Anjelica Huston, Penélope Cruz, Tilda Swinton, and Eva Marie Saint

Tina Fey, Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, Steve Martin

Tina Fey, Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, Steve Martin

Dustin Lance Black

Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black

Jack Black, Andrew Stanton, and Jennifer Aniston

Jack Black, Andrew Stanton, and Jennifer Aniston

A. R. Rahman

A. R. Rahman

Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Kate Winslet and Reese Witherspoon

Kate Winslet and Reese Witherspoon

Yojiro Takita, Liam Neeson

Yojiro Takita, Liam Neeson

Danny Boyle and Penélope Cruz

Danny Boyle and Penélope Cruz

Anthony Dod Mantle, Natalie Portman

Slumdog Millionaire cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, Natalie Portman

Danny Boyle, Steven Spielberg, and Christian Colson

Danny Boyle, Steven Spielberg, and Christian Colson

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard

Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard

Christopher Walken, Joel Grey, Cuba Gooding Jr, Alan Arkin, Kevin Kline, Heath Ledger's sister, father, and mother

Christopher Walken, Joel Grey, Cuba Gooding Jr, Alan Arkin, Kevin Kline, Heath Ledger's sister, father, and mother

Michael Douglas, Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins and Robert De Niro

Christopher Walken, Joel Grey, Michael Douglas, Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins and Robert De Niro

Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, and Penélope Cruz

Oscar winners Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, and Penélope Cruz

Michael O'Conner, Sarah Jessica Parker and Daniel Craig

The Duchess costume designer Michael O'Conner, Sarah Jessica Parker and Daniel Craig

Jochen Alexander Freydank, Seth Rogen and Janusz Kaminski

Jochen Alexander Freydank, director of the Best live action short film Oscar winner Spielzeugland (Toyland), Seth Rogen and Janusz Kaminski

Simon Chinn, Philippe Petit, James Marsh

Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith

Photos: Bryan Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.

Anjelica Huston, Tilda Swinton, Goldie Hawn, Penélope Cruz, Eva Marie Saint, and Whoopi Goldberg

Anjelica Huston, Tilda Swinton, Goldie Hawn, Penélope Cruz, Eva Marie Saint, and Whoopi Goldberg

Tina Fey, Dustin Lance Black, and Steve Martin

Tina Fey, Dustin Lance Black, and Steve Martin

Chris Dickens

Slumdog Millionaire editor Chris Dickens

Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard

Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard

Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S. (Fey/Martin); Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Hugh Jackman at the Kodak Theater - Oscar 2009

Hugh Jackman at the Kodak Theatre

Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway

Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway

Tina Fey, Steve Martin

Tina Fey, Steve Martin

Frank Langella, Taraji P. Henson, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon

Frank Langella, Taraji P. Henson, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

Photos: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. (Portman/Dod Mantle); Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston

Anthony Dod Mantle, Ben Stiller, Natalie Portman

Anthony Dod Mantle, Ben Stiller, Natalie Portman

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel

Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

Eva Marie Saint, Jeffrey Hayden

Eva Marie Saint, with husband Jeffrey Hayden

Jennifer Aniston, John Mayer

Jennifer Aniston, John Mayer

Tina Fey

Tina Fey

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

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5 Comments to Penélope Cruz Oscar Speech + Goldie Hawn & Whoopi Goldberg: The Oscars

  1. theodoros sitziris

    to jennifer aniston.
    i am a very big fan of yours.
    and idol. i am greek from. greece. athens.
    i live toronto. canada. brampton. ontario.
    i love to win a date. with you. we can tailk to each other. greek.
    love and kisses. ts.
    yiasou koukla mou.

  2. ren

    I love seeing Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, I've always been a fan of both and I've just now discovered they are a couple, shows how young I am… but at least I got good taste.

  3. bv0

    i hope that tina fay will be the oscar hostess next year. she and steve martin were so funny

  4. Dave and Fran Schaffer

    Enjoyed seeing Eva Marie Saint and her husband Jeff as presenters. What a handsome couple!!! Thanks for letting us know.

  5. erno

    Eva Marie Saint looks so youthful. Incredible!