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    What are some single lines of dialogue from movies that won an Oscar for its screenplay (original or adapted) that stand out to you as weird that it’s award-winning dialogue? There’s one that I always think about, from Birdman:

    “He has a thing for nuns… in diapers.”

    I know there are plenty of these (Juno and Green Book both have ones that people cite a lot) but was wondering if anyone else had any other especially weird ones they remember?

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    Funny you mentioned Birdman as there’s another line from that film I thought of immediately after reading the title of this thread:

    “We share a vagina.”

    This reads like a badly translated quip that might make sense in another idiom but in English simply jars on the ear rather than raises a laugh.

    And this clunker from The Imitation Game, released the same year:

    “Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”

    It’s supposed to be profound and inspirational but the way it’s phrased is just so ungainly, even for spoken dialogue.

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    Funny you mentioned Birdman as there’s another line from that film I thought of immediately after reading the title of this thread:

    “We share a vagina.”

    This reads like a badly translated quip that might make sense in another idiom but in English simply jars on the ear rather than raises a laugh.

    And this clunker from The Imitation Game, released the same year:

    “Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”

    It’s supposed to be profound and inspirational but the way it’s phrased is just so ungainly, even for spoken dialogue.

    I remember thinking that line was so weird! I remember my first thought was she meant they were sleeping with the same woman (influenced by the shot of her kissing Andrea Riseberough in the trailer) and was like that’s kind weird but I guess makes sense but then when I realized it meant that they were sleeping together I was just like WHO WOULD EVER SAY THAT, WHAT WOMAN WOULD EVER SAY SHE SHARES A VAGINA WITH THE GUY SHE’S SLEEPING WITH

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    One of the most bizarre winners ever was GHOST, and one line in particular that really stood out as jarring was the first meeting of Oda Mae and Molly as Sam tries to communicate that Molly’s in danger:

    Sam: His name is Willy Lopez and I know where he lives.

    Oda Mae: His name’s Willy Lopez. He’s Puerto Rican.

    What???????

    That isn’t what Sam said. What makes you so sure he is Puerto Rican? Why is this even a factor anyway?

    Another line was: “Oda Mae, where did all these ghosts come from?”

    This may be an easy shot but take any melodramatic monologue from CRASH, especially Sandra Bullock’s whole “I HAD A GUN…POINTED IN MY FACE…”

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

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