Monday, March 8, 2010

My Lover Meryl Streep

I didn't watch all of the Oscars last night, but I caught most of it. Even though I hadn't seen most of the films, I still couldn't help get caught up in it. My deep seated love of pop culture draws me to them year in and year out. Mostly I just watch for the dead celebrity montage (which was infinitely better this year, and the tribute to John Hughes: so unexpected and nice).

Every now and then a moment comes along that justifies the 5 hour time investment. Sandra Bullock gave one of the best acceptance speeches for an Oscar I've ever seen. I'm sure they'll pull this down from YouTube in minutes (because if they leave it up no one will by the DVD of the entire ceremony), so watch it now if you missed it:

Such a more humorous, touching, and heartfelt speech, and I've never seen anyone thank the other nominees like that. They might mention them, they might rattle off their first names quickly, but she not only said something meaningful about each, she connected with them in that moment while doing it. And the Meryl Streep stuff was classic.

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