Memorable lines from Oscars' 2014 best-picture nominees

The Academy Awards are renowned for great acceptance speeches, but actors couldn't thank the academy without reading great lines from films first. USA TODAY's Scott Bowles offers some of the memorable dialog from this year's best-picture nominees leading up to Sunday's Oscars.

'12 Years a Slave'

"I don't want to survive. I want to live."

— Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor)

"I will not fall into despair 'til freedom is opportune!"

— Solomon Northup

'American Hustle'

"Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, but you had to survive?

— Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale)

"When you are offered a favor or money, take the favor, not the money. Jesus said that, didn't he?"

— Irving Rosenfeld

'Captain Phillips'

"I am the captain now!"

— Muse (Barkhad Abdi)

Phillips: "There's got to be something other than being a fisherman or kidnapping people."

Muse: "Maybe in America."

— Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) speaking with Muse

'Dallas Buyers Club'

"I'm the drug dealer? No, you're the (expletive) drug dealer. I mean, (expletive), people are dying, and y'all are up there afraid that we're gonna find an alternative without you."

—- Ron Woodroof (Mathew McConaughey)

"Let me give y'all a little news flash. There ain't nothin' out there that can kill (expletive) Ron Woodroof in 30 days."

— Ron Woodroof


"I'm different from you. That doesn't make me love you any less. It actually makes me love you even more."

— Samantha (Scarlett Johansson)

"Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel, and from here on out I'm not gonna feel anything now. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt."

— Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix)


"Have a drink with your old man. Be somebody!"

— Woody Grant (Bruce Dern)

Will: "So, you told the sheriff that you were walking to Nebraska?"

Woody: "That's right. To get my million dollars."

— David Grant (Will Forte) talking with father Woody.


"I'd like to know if Anthony ever thought of me."

— Philomena (Judi Dench)

"I did not abandon my child. He was taken away from me."

— Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

"My Name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made $49 million, which really (expletive) me off, because it was three shy of a million a week."

— Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio)

"Sell me this pen!"

— Jordan Belfort


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