I guess we got to do it again.
"Oh, Ah!" Yeah, you're ready. That's for Ray Charles. Give it
up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy. And thank you,
Ray Charles, for living.
I got so many people to thank
tonight. First I want to start it out with Taylor Hackford.
Taylor, you took a chance, man. I mean that love for Ray
Charles was deep, down in the earth. It's cracked open. And
it's spilling. And everybody's drowning in this love. I thank
you for taking a chance on this film. And thank you for
waiting 15 years to get me to do it. I want to thank you.
I want to thank Crusader. I want to thank my agents. I want to
thank Rick Kurtzman. I want to thank Kim Hodges. I want to
thank Steve Smooke. I want to thank my managers, Jaime King
and Marcus King. Let's live this African American dream. It's
beautiful. I'm glad I'm with you. I ain't never leaving you.
I'm glad I'm with you.
I got a chance to meet a whole
lot of people, experiencing this. And other people I want to
thank, I want to thank my sister. Four feet, eleven inches of
nothing but pure love. I want to thank my daughter for telling
me just before I got up here, "If you don't win dad, you're
I'm just ... I see Oprah and I see Halle.
I just want to say your names. I want to talk to you later.
Both of you. Because Oprah got -- allowed me to meet somebody
by the name of Sidney Poitier. And, yes, Sidney Poitier said,
"I saw you once. And I looked in your eyes and there was a
connection." And he says, "I give to you responsibility." So,
I'm taking that responsibility tonight. And, thank you,
This is probably going to be the toughest part
of this speech. My daughter shares my grandmother's name,
"Marie." My grandmother's name is Estelle Marie Talley. She's
not here tonight. And this is going to be the toughest part.
But she was my first acting teacher. She told me to stand up
straight. Put your shoulders back. Act like you got some
We would go places. And I would wild out. And
she would say, "Act like you've been somewhere." And then when
I would act the fool, she would beat me. She would whup me.
And she could get an Oscar for the way she whupped me because
she was great at it. And after she whipped me, she would talk
to me and tell me why she whipped me. She said I want you to
be a southern gentleman. She still talks to me now. Only now,
she talks to me, in my dreams. And I can't wait to go to sleep
tonight because we got a lot to talk about. I love you.