WOW! It’s Monday, and I’m a little sleepy because I was up late watching the Oscars. I’m a movie lover, an actress myself, and a fashion enthusiast. I mean – this is my night.
There was so much to entertain us when it comes to the gorgeous gowns and hunky actors, Ellen Degeneres ordering and passing out pizza for the A-Listers, and learning about short and foreign language films I hadn’t heard of before. But what really got me were the acceptance speeches. On a scale of one to bawling-my-eyes-out there were some pretty good speeches last night. Not surprisingly and possibly very cliche, the Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) , Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey)and Best Actress (Cate Blanchett) speeches were my favorite. Here are a few Pinnable, Printable and Sharable quotes from the speeches last night:
New comer and Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o was a darling, grateful, cheerful doll. She actually went to Yale Drama with a friend of mine, who was spotted with her at a Knicks game and was rumored to be her beau… not true, but hilarious, and proof that this big world is pretty small. 12 Years a Slave was a great movie… and very hard to watch. I had to leave the room a few times, I’m not ashamed to admit. But it was truthful, well done, and it probably deserved Best Picture prize that it won. Here’s a full transcript of her speech:
Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.
Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it’s been the joy of my life. [Tears, applause.] I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.
Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into Solomon, telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much. You were my rock. Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you. Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you. Sean Bobbitt, Kalaadevi, Adruitha, Patty Norris, thank you, thank you, thank you — I could not be here without your work.
I want to thank my family, for your training [laughs] and the Yale School of Drama as well, for your training. My friends the Wilsons, this one’s for you. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you’re my best friend and then my other best friend, my chosen family.
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you. (via Washington Post)
And for a little extra motivation this Monday, check out Pharrell’s super fun “Happy” dance moves with Lupita, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. This song just makes me so happy! (The title is very telling.)
Matthew McConaughey thanked God, his family, and his own personal hero: himself in ten years. Strange, but touching. It also includes a shout out to one of his first (if not his first) movie roles in the cult classic (and personal favorite) Dazed and Confused. Boy is he having a great year, and has he come a long way. If you haven’t seen him in Dallas Buyers Club, go see it. Immediately. Alright, alright, alright.
Speaking of Dallas Buyer’s Club, Jared Leto has really turned into quite the actor! I mean, we all remember his My So Called Life days, but he said he hasn’t done a film in six years… what a way to come back to the movies. His role as Rayon was transformative, tender, and sublime. His speech, the first of the night, set the bar pretty high. He packed in a lot of gratitude when he thanked his Mom, his brother, his business people, and he even showed support for those with AIDS, those who are persecuted because of who they love, and those struggling with unrest in Venezuela and the Ukraine. So much family and world love! An all around uplifting speech that got my tears flowing.
Cate Blanchett gave a shout out to women! She says “Thank you to the audience that went to see [Blue Jasmine] and perhaps to the people in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money.” And added, to drive home this point: “The world is round, people!”
The Oscars remind me that hard work pays off, that dreams do come true, and that celebrity status can be used for good.
What were your favorite speeches of the night? Did you enjoy the red carpet? Did you like Ellen as a host? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet @hurraykimmay!