- Adam Sandler gave a career-spanning and hilarious speech after winning Best Male Lead at this past weekend's Independent Spirit Awards.
- He addressed his past movies, as well as his Oscar snub for Uncut Gems.
- His speech was given in character, and it was super memorable.
He may not have gotten the Oscar experience he so deeply deserved, but Adam Sandler still got a memorable moment of his own, delivering a hilarious speech at this weekend's Independent Spirit Awards. Sandler gave a career-spanning address, much to the delight of the recognizable faces in attendance after winning Best Male Lead for Uncut Gems.
After receiving his award from presenters Octavia Spencer and Rachel Brosnahan, Sandler quickly jumped into a speech, shifting a voice to one we've heard before; definitely doing a character, some version of himself, but not the same voice he initially approached with. You'll understand what we mean.
He made reference to the movie he made with Spirit Awards host Aubrey Plaza ("Aubrey and I did a movie titled Funny People 11 years ago. That was actually the last time critics pretended not to hate me for five fucking minutes."), and also praised his fellow Spirit Award nominees ( "who will now and forever be known as the guys who lost to fucking Adam Sandler").
But the most poignant part in the speech came when Sandler addressed his Oscar snub of a few weeks ago. He said that the ordeal reminded him of his High School days, when he was "overlooked" for the Best Looking superlative, instead being bestowed with the "allegedly less prestigious" title of 'Best Personality.' He continued to say, though, that he looked around the room and realized that the Independent Spirit Awards are the 'Best Personality' of Hollywood.
"Let all those featherhead douchebag motherfuckers get their Oscars tomorrow night," he said. "Their handsome good looks will fade in time, while our independent personalities will shine on forever."
He went on to describe films from his own canon through the lens of independent films, and did so majestically. For instance, there was his first film, Billy Madison ("a fearless look at the education system through the eyes of a privileged sociopath"), and also The Waterboy ( "my searing exploration of American college foosball, and it's manipulation of socially challenged athletes").
It was no Oscar, but the Sandman's Independent Spirit Awards speech was one to remember, and one certainly worth watching. You can check out Sandler's entire Independent Spirit Awards speech below:
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