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Hey Ma, I'll thank you later

The 2006 Oscars might be remembered for many things, but definitely not for good writing.

Even last year, some speeches memorably stood out. But 2006 was a different ball game, with Reese Witherspoon and Philip Seymour Hoffman, toppers in the acting department, rattling off familial names weepily.

But a few people took their trophies with style, surprising us with their wit, their frankness, their sheer irreverence and their unpredictability. Here are 2006's best acceptance speeches:

George Clooney - Best Supporting Actor

'Wow. Wow. All right, so I'm not winning Director.

It's the funny thing about winning an Academy Award, it will always be synonymous with your name from here on in. It will be Oscar winner, George Clooney, Sexiest Man Alive, 1997, Batman, died today in a freak accident at a...

Listen, I don't quite know how you compare art. You look at these performances this year, of these actors and unless we all did the same role... Everybody put on a batsuit, and we'll all try that. Unless we all did the same role, I don't know how you compare it. They are stellar performances and wonderful work, and I'm honoured, truly honoured to be up here.

And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talked about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theatres. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch. And I thank you so much for this.'

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