Former winners reflect at Oscar party
Martin Landau, right, arrives at the 24th Night of 100 Stars Oscars Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actors Jon Voight, Martin Landau and George Chakiris all have one shiny, golden thing in common.
They're all former Oscar winners, and they all attended the annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar viewing party Sunday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, watching on enormous screens as younger talents such as best actor winner Matthew McConaughey and best supporting actor Jared Leto lived out emotional moments reminiscent of their own wins.
Voight, who snagged a best actor Oscar trophy back in 1978 for his heartbreaking, dramatic role as a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran in "Coming Home," was especially moved by "Dallas Buyers Club" duo McConaughey and Leto. The 75-year-old actor intently and quietly watched McConaughey on-screen as he delivered his energetic acceptance speech mentioning God, family, his future self and making a sly reference to his breakout role in 1993's "Dazed and Confused."
Jon Voight arrives at the 24th Night of 100 Stars Oscars Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Annie I. Bang/Invision/AP)
"Matthew has a wonderful, explosive way about him. He's passionate, and he goes for it. He doesn't edit. It makes his work very pure and beautiful too. I admired his speech," Voight said afterward. "Matthew mentioned God, which is a no-no at the Oscars, but he did it with great dignity. Jared is a likeminded soul, for me. He's a great actor. I'm so glad he won. I'm impressed with these guys. God bless them. This is a wonderful evening because of it."
Celebrating Hollywood's big night made Voight reflect back to his own win in 1978. Back then his idol Laurence Olivier was also nominated alongside him for the best actor Oscar, for "The Boys From Brazil." It was Olivier's longtime influence, and a speech that same night for a lifetime achievement award, that moved Voight most.