Jared, now that you've won an Academy Award, it's high time for me to express my gratitude for getting to look at you. Your reflection in my eyes makes everything sparkle.
I first saw you when you were Jordan on My So-Called Life. I didn't catch the show when it was on during 1994-95. I watched it some time later on DVD. As I gloried in each episode, you were my hottie du jour.
I didn't know what happened to you, but all of a sudden, you turned up nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award! And I still liked looking at you.
I haven't seen Dallas Buyers Club yet, and I might have ignored it because I have a serious dislike thing going on with Matthew McConaughey. But I know you will make this movie good, Jared. And you're still pretty. Hard to believe you're 42.
Now that I'm looking at photos of you, I realize you've been around all along. I didn't recognize your different looks in Fight Club and Prefontaine. You had corn rows in Panic Room. That was YOU? And I had no idea you're in a band called Thirty Seconds to Mars with your older brother Shannon.
I knew you were favored to win Sunday night for your role as a transgender addict with AIDS.
And you came through, baby.
How cool is it that you brought your mom to the show?
You acceptance speech was as beautiful as you are. I wish I could embed a video of you, shooting star, but the show is copyrighted by the Oscars. However, Time Entertainment printed what you said:
“Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I’m so proud to share this journey with you. I’m in awe and have so much respect for you all. To the Academy, thank you.
In 1971, in Bossier City Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged here kids to be creative and work hard and do something special. That girl was my mother and she’s here tonight. I just want to say ‘I love you mom, thank you for teaching me to dream.’
To my brother Shannon, the best big brother in the world: Thank you so much for sharing this insane adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars and for being my best friend
To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to to say we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen and live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight.
[Then he did the typical Oscar thank you....before moving on to a more heartfelt subject:]
This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS. And to those of you who have ever felt injustice because of who you are and who you love, I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.
Thank you so much, and good night.
Infinities of love,
P.S. I thought Ellen was great. She makes hosting look so easy. In Memoriam got me caught up on deaths. I didn't know Billy Jack was gone (one tin soldier rides away). Loved Bette Midler. Great performance of Happy by Pharrell Williams. That song always puts me in a toe tapping good mood, so let's finish with the video.