"I think sometimes this disadvantage can be an advantage. The fact that I come from another culture makes me special." –Ang Lee of Taiwan, encouraging Asian and other non-American filmmakers to take on Hollywood after he won the directing Oscar for "Life of Pi."
In recent years, everyone would head for the door as soon as the best picture winner – the last Oscar category in the show – was announced.
This year, organizers hoped to get attendees to stick around until the end of the show for a closing performance from Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth, which was dedicated to all the evening's Oscar losers.
–Derrik J. Lang
THANKING THE 'MOVIE GOD'
Ang Lee had his priorities in order when he gave one of his first thank you's to the "movie god."
The Taiwanese director pulled off a huge upset when he won an Academy Award for directing "Life of Pi." He beat out front-runner and two-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg.
Lee also gave a shoutout to the shipwreck story's lead actor, Suraj Sharma, but didn't thank the rest of the cast by name.
"I cannot waste this time talking about them," he said sheepishly.
He did slip in a quick mention of his agent, his lawyer and of course his wife.
"I have to do that," he said.