Adam Sandler laughs off Oscar snub after win at Independent Spirit Awards
Adam Sandler may have been snubbed by the Academy, but, just like when he dropped his high school yearbook superlative for”best looking” into a”feather-headed douchebag,” he is taking it all in stride.
“Tonight as I look around this room, I realize the Independent Spirit Awards are the ideal character awards of Hollywood,” he said to wild applause at Saturday’s indie gala. Implementing one of his trademark silly voices, Sandler continued,”So let all of those feather-haired douchebag motherf–kers get their Oscars tomorrow night. Their handsome good looks will fade in time, while our independent personalities will shine on forever.”
Accepting the award for Best Male Lead, the”Uncut Gems” star also poked fun at collaborators Josh and Bennie Safdie, who won Best Director for A24’s crime thriller, Ted Sarandos, the Netflix executive whom Sandler needed to get”stoned,” and”Uncut Gems” producer Scott Rudin.
“The person who shared my life, my house, my laughter, my tears — Scott Rudin,” he quipped of the veteran manufacturer. “Two decades ago, Scott said the words that would forever change my life. ‘No, those aren’t rabbis that are homeless, those are the Safdie brothers. ”’
In closing, Sandler thanked his wife and kids for finally convincing him to make”Uncut Gems.” He also paid tribute to the films that turned him.
“Independent films have been a big part of the Adam Sandler ecosystem,” he started. “From my very first film — a fearless look in the American education system through the eyes of a privileged sociopath by the name of Billy f–king Madison — into my searing exploration of American faculty foosball and it’s manipulation of socially challenged athletes such as the Mr. Bobby Boucher, I have attempted to sell my truths with a truly independent spirit, while also cashing some genuinely disturbingly large paychecks.”
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