The Best Quotes of 2013

2013, we’re not quite done with you yet. To close off our coverage of the year gone by, we wanted to hand over the mic to the actors, directors and other film professionals who made waves, headlines, faux pas, announcements, pronouncements or funny gags throughout the year. And we’re changing up the format this time out, scouring the whole Internet and not just our own archives for these little nuggets, mainly because we’re fairly sure you’ve all avidly consumed and committed to memory every word of each of the 200-odd interviews we ran in 2013, not to mention the thousands of news stories, and we’d be preaching to the choir.

And so we bring you this snapshot of the year just gone in an eclectic assortment of tweets, awards speech soundbites, print interviews, talk show snippets, press conference bombshells and various other samples of film industry chatterati gasbagging and gossiping their way through 2013. And since of all of them, none was more ubiquitous and more valuable as a source of an adorkable one-liner or twenty than Jennifer Lawrence, we’re giving her an honorary entry to close off each month, after opening the segment with a quote from one of that month’s releases.

So come with us as we finally wave adieu/flip the bird to 2013 at the movies, in the words of the people who made it what it was.


Gangster Squad, Sean Penn

“It's like they say, ‘All good things must one day be burnt to the ground for the insurance money.’” 
Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in our 14th Worst Film of 2013, “Gangster Squad.”

“If you want to talk about an immoral movie, those are the movies that are just blindly reinforcing these cliches of love at first site, first kiss … get married and ride off together into the sunset. It’s systematically ruining people’s lives.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt defends his porn-centric directorial debut “Don Jon” from accusations of immorality at Sundance.

"We don’t have to save her. We just have to get her through three weeks in July."
Paul Schrader, having a hell of a time finishing a movie because of his difficult star, quoted in an extremely entertaining NYT article about Lindsay Lohan and filming of "The Canyons."

“Meeting Oprah Winfrey, I cried like a baby. Meeting Steven Spielberg, I cried like a baby. Meeting Denzel Washington, I gushed like a crazy woman.”
Octavia Spencer gets starstruck at Sundance.

Wiig Ferrell Globes

"And that SCENE … where she's, like, you… you… get OUTTA HERE!"
Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, who had totally seen all the films, presenting the Globe for Best Actress in what is definitely the funniest clip from any awards show all year. Seriously, we just LOL-ed at it all over again.

"To be a part of the next chapter of the ‘Star Wars’ saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid."
J.J. Abrams in the Lucasfilm statement announcing him as the director of “Star Wars: Episode 7,” contrary to what he’d implied just a few months before.

“Ugh - NEVER going to a Ryan Gosling movie in a theater again. Apparently masturbating in the back row is still considered ‘inappropriate’ ”
Anna Kendrick, delighting us with her hitherto unsuspected lewdness on Twitter.

"You gave a stunning performance in 'Les Miserables.' I have not seen someone so alone and abandoned like that since you were onstage with James Franco at the Oscars."
Tina Fey shouts out Anne Hathaway while hosting the Golden Globes, the only place where "the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television," according to co-host Amy Poehler.

“[Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie] were two feet from my table!... They should be King and Queen of America. I would pay taxes to them and not even think twice.”
Jennifer Lawrence reveals a Royalist streak after an exciting evening at the Golden Globes.


Bullet To The Head Sylvester Stallone

"You had me at 'fuck you.' "
Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) in Walter Hill’s throwback actionerBullet to the Head."

“This Oscar season is rife with contenders who bank on the authenticity of their films until it’s challenged, and then fall back on the ‘Hey, it’s just a movie’ defense.”
Maureen Dowd in the New York Times questioning the fabrication of real-life events in Oscar contenders “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln” and “Argo

Paul Feig Melissa McCarthy

“I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go fuck himself.”
Director Paul Feig, responding to Reed’s incredibly snide swipes at star Melissa McCarthy’s weight in his New York ObserverIdentity Thief” review/pan. Despite poisonous notices, ours included, the film went on to be a huge hit, taking $134m.

“The story was so top secret that the director of the film is unknown to the Academy.”
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s refreshingly non-boob-related swipe at the snubbing of Ben Affleck for a Best Director nod.

"I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, and Meryl was Steven's first choice for Lincoln."
Best Actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis, accepting the Oscar from presenter Meryl Streep.

"You look like an old girlfriend of mine."
Jack Nicholson to Jennifer Lawrence backstage at the Oscars.

"Oh, really? Do I look like a new girlfriend?"
Jennifer Lawrence to Jack Nicholson in reply.