As expected, J.K. Simmons took home the Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in Whiplash. Simmons's acceptance speech was simple and yet memorable, simply because he told a worldwide audience to call—"Don't text, don't email, call"—a parent, if they have any living ones remaining.
Thank you. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to everyone involved in the making of Whiplash.
And i am grateful every day for the most remarkable person i know, my wife, the wonderful Michelle Schumacher. I'm grateful for your love, your Kindness, your wisdom, your Sacrifice and your patience,which brings me to the above average children.
Even though i may try their patience more, Joe and Olivia, you are extraordinary human beings, smart, funny, kind, loving people and that's because you are a reflection of your mother.
And if i may, call your mom. Everybody — i'm told there's like a billion people or so. Call your mom, call your dad. If you are lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them.
Don't text, don't e-mail.
Call them on the phone. Tell them you love them and thank them and will be to them for as long as they want to talk to you.
Thank you, Mom and Dad.