Kirsters Baish| Yesterday’s annual Oscar Award show aired on ABC. Hollywood celebrities gathered together to celebrate themselves. There was one actor who decided to celebrate something else. Gary Oldman won his well deserved Oscar award and felt it was necessary to thank America at the beginning of his speech. There were some moments in Oldman’s speech that got some applause from the audience, but the moment that he thanked this great nation was not one of those moments.
Oldman’s speech started, “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.”
No one said anything. No one clapped. In fact, it almost seemed like the room had been muted. You could have heard a pin drop.
The actor went on, “The movies, such is their power, captivated a young man from south London, and gave him a dream.”
Oldman went on to list co-workers and producers who he had been wanting to thank. There was applause for this moment.
He concluded, “I would just like to salute Sir Winston Churchill, who has been 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.”
You can watch Oldman’s speech below:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 5, 2018
It didn’t seem like Oldman’s speech went over too well with Hollywood’s elite, but a lot of regular Americans found his tribute quite touching. Oldman’s Twitter-using fans decided to share just how they felt about what Oldman had to say:
Finally! Thank God for Gary Oldman who’s thankful for the gifts America gave him. #Oscars2018
— Carl Jackson (@carljacksonshow) March 5, 2018
— Mark Reiter (@MarkDReiter) March 5, 2018
"I've lived in America for a long time and I am deeply grateful" — Gary Oldman on winning Best Actor #Oscars
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) March 5, 2018
Gary Oldman wins Best Actor. #Oscars90"I've lived in America for the longest time and I'm deeply grateful…for the gifts it has given me…my home..my life, my family and now Oscar"
— The Frame (@theframe) March 5, 2018
Oldman thanks America. And gets no applause.
— Just Karl (@justkarl) March 5, 2018
Props to Gary Oldman for thanking America when he accepted the Oscar for his role as Winston Churchill
— Tony Ramos (@tonyoramos1) March 5, 2018
Finally someone on the Oscars thanks America for all it has done for them instead of slamming our country! Thank you Gary Oldman! Job well done!
— Kristen Flabiano (@KristenFlabiano) March 5, 2018
Gary Oldman well deserved Oscar for his portrayal of Churchill.
He also appreciates what America has given him when it wasn’t necessary. Haven’t heard many American born film folks say the same. Well done to Gary. #Oscars
— jason wormser (@worm_66) March 5, 2018
Wow. Gary Oldman! Good for you for saying America gave you support for your dreams. #Oscars
— Pcesofeight (@Pcesofeight) March 5, 2018
Gary Oldman finally won his Oscar and was the first person I’ve seen actually thank AMERICA!!!!!!!! Wooo you go man ??????????
— Ben Davies (@BenDaviesActor) March 5, 2018
Gary Oldman offered a wonderful acceptance speech. He kept it simple and sentimental rather than dragging politics into it. This is what true class looks like.