得獎的是，自由大道的編劇：Dustin Lance Black
以下文字來源：81st Annual Academy Awards
“I heard the story of Harvey Milk and it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life openly as who I am, and that one day I could even fall in love and get married.
“I want to thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to.
“But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he would want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value, and that no matter what anyone tells you God does love you and that very soon I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.
“Thank you and thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk."
“You hear people say, ‘This is my reason for being here. This is my compass.’ For me, that’s ‘Milk.’ I wanted to maybe inspire the younger generation to start becoming activists in a grassroots way. There’s a lot of stuff that still needs changing — not just gay rights."