- Halle Berry becomes the first black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar, Monster's Ball, 2000
- Kim Basinger, Best Supporting Actress, L.A Confidential, 1997
"I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen."
- Ben Affleck, Best Original Screenplay together with Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting, 1997
"Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, 'Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding.'"
- Robin Williams, Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1998
- Shirley MacLaine, Best Actress, Terms of Endearment, 1984