It's Not What They Win, It's How They Accept the Oscar

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Pimping is harder than it looks and being out of touch is en vogue -- at least according to a couple of Sunday night's Oscar winners.

There were several acceptance speeches that will stand out in the minds of Oscar watchers -- Reese Witherspoon's earnest and humble tribute to her mother and grandmother, George Clooney's politically charged speech, "Crash" producers' surprise at beating out "Brokeback Mountain" for best picture, and, of course, the rap group clad in sneakers and jeans that couldn't believe its good fortune at winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Three 6 Mafia, the hip-hop group that took home the Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," a song featured in the movie "Hustle and Flow," politely censored itself for its live performance. But group members could barely contain their excitement when they beat out country legend Dolly Parton for the award.

D.J. Paul, Juicy J and Crunchy Black accepted the award with such enthusiasm that it prompted host Jon Stewart to tell the seasoned filmmakers in the crowd, "That's how you accept an Oscar."

"My heart was beating so fast, it nearly popped out of my mouth," Juicy J said after the show. "I couldn't believe it. He [his band mate] was running up there. I'm running behind him -- I'm like are the police chasing us or what?"

As far as cutting the profanity from the song, the group was more than happy to comply.

"It was OK. We didn't mind at all, man," Juicy J said. "It's like when they nominated us, we were so excited."

Besides, Juicy J added, "My momma's watching, man."

Crashing the Party

With all the Oscar hype and predictions surrounding "Brokeback Mountain," "Crash" producers, who made the film on a shoestring budget, never expected to garner enough votes to pull off a best film Oscar.

"I knew I wasn't [going to win]," said producer Paul Haggis. "I was ready to stand up and shake ['Brokeback Mountain' director] Ang Lee's hand. … We had all these people to work into a schedule and no time and no money. I wrote two pitches five years ago: 'Million Dollar Baby' and 'Crash.' I never thought either would be made and then to see them both win."

Besides the upset victories for Three 6 Mafia and "Crash," the big Oscar winners were, for the most part, accurately predicted by the experts.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was grateful, but not surprised by his best actor win for "Capote" because he had won many of the awards -- including the Screen Actors' Guild -- leading up to the Oscars. He did not bark his speech like he had promised his old roommate at New York University.

"I wanted to thank a lot of people I hadn't thanked yet -- and I wanted to make sure that was done," he said.

Hoffman gave a special thank you to his mother.

"Be proud, mom, because I am proud of you, and we are here tonight and it's so good," he said. "Thank you."

Rachel Weisz won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in the thriller "The Constant Gardener" and maintained an air of calm.

"That's what happens to me when I get really nervous," she explained. "I go very, very like seemingly calm. Inside I'm kind of a hurricane."

Man of the Hour

But it was the man who won the Oscar for best supporting actor who was perhaps the most watched person at the awards and who decided to use his acceptance speech as a bit of a platform. George Clooney embraced the assertion, made by Stewart, that Hollywood was far removed from the American mainstream.

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