On Sunday night, Gary Oldman won a long-deserved Oscar for best actor and delivered a simple, emotional speech, passionately thanking America for all it had given him, including that prize.
But his praise of America falls flat for the Hollywood audience. At a point where most Americans probably would have clapped, there is a stony silence.
From Daily Wire:
Oldman began, “My deepest thanks to the Academy and its members for this glorious prize. I owe this and so much more to so many. I’ve lived in America for the longest time and I’m deeply grateful to her for the loves and the friendships I have made and the many wonderful gifts it has given me: my home, my livelihood, my family, and now Oscar.”
Oldman continued, “The movies, such is their power, captivated a young man from south London, and gave him a dream,” then added a list of co-workers and producers whom he wanted to thank, which elicited applause at one point.
Oldman continued on to thank, beautifully, both Winston Churchill, the character he was playing and inspired by, and his mother who was in her home in England, watching the Oscars.
I would just like to salute Sir Winston Churchill, who has been a marvelous company on what can be described as an incredible journey, and my wife, Gisele, for traveling that road with me and being at my side. … I would like to thank my mother who is older than the Oscar. She is 99 years young next birthday (applause) and she’s watching the ceremony from the comfort of her sofa. I say to my mother, thank you for your love and support. Put the kettle on, I’m bringing Oscar home.
How nice it actually is to hear an actor grateful for the gifts that he has received from America.
And, in a way, how sad it is that while Oldman gets it, so many American actors don’t seem to understand the benefits they have received from living in this country, run it down as much as they can or fail to acknowledge it as they did Sunday night.
And while Hollywood didn’t seem to acknowledge it, other Americans did.
So thanks, Gary, for the shout out! And hope Mom enjoys it.
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