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And I'd like to thank...
The Oscars are over, and, before the fanfare dies down, it's interesting to look at the best speeches of the evening, the ones steering clear of predictable claptrap and cliche, and making us smile.

rediff.com looks at the best Oscar speeches, 2005.

Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actress
The Aviator

'Thank you very much. Thank you to the Academy who know Katharine Hepburn so well and is so intimately acquainted with her work. This is an indescribable surprise and honour. Thank you. I know you think it's cheesy, sweetheart, but I have to thank you, my husband. And Hylda Queally, and Robyn Gardiner, my uber-agents, and the wonderful Lisa Kasteler.'

'Everyone involved in The Aviator, when you play someone as terrifyingly well-known as Katharine Hepburn, it's a collaborative effort, you need as much help as you can get. And thank you, of course, to Ms Hepburn. The longevity of her career, I think, is inspiring to everyone.'

'But most importantly, and on behalf of everyone I know on The Aviator, thank you to Martin Scorsese. I hope my son will marry your daughter.'

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