Who hasn’t uttered, “Go ahead, make my day” at least once? Even if you have no idea who Harry Callahan—as played by Clint Eastwood—is or have never seen Sudden Impact (1983), you know the line by heart. With the office talking about who’s going to take home an Oscar this weekend, we’re also talking about our favorite catchphrases. Here, in no particular order, a few memorable words from past Oscar contenders and winners.
All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.
Gloria Swanson’s Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (1950)
You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips
together and blow.
Lauren Bacall’s Slim Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944)
Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
Peter Clemenza’s Richard Castellano in The Godfather (1972)
You’re gonna need a bigger boat.
Roy Scheider’s Martin Brody in Jaws (1975)
A martini. Shaken, not stirred.
Sean Connery’s James Bond in Goldfinger (1964)
La-di-da, la-di-da, la la.
Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall in Annie Hall (1977)
Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.
Barbra Streisand’s Katie in The Way We Were (1973)
Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing (1987)
I’ll have what she’s having.
Estelle Reiner’s diner in When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.
Kim Novak’s Madeleine Elster in Vertigo (1958)
I’m an excellent driver.
Dustin Hoffman’s Raymond Babbitt in Rain Man (1988)
And for all the fashion folks out there….No wire hangers, ever!
Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest (1981)
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