He dedicated his win to late pal Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Sam Rockwell today won the Academy Award for the Best Actor in a supporting role for his portrayal of a racist-yet-redeemable police officer in Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".
The Oscars kicked off with a bang on Sunday in LA, and the night's first victor was Sam Rockwell.
In his one-and-a-half-minute acceptance speech (yesm host jimmy Kimmel timed it), the actor remembered Philip Seymour Hoffman, his parents and thanked the team of film. Whoever was in my age range, Phil Hoffman was the guy. he inspired me. We're going to the movies.' My Mom and Dad's love of movies became my love of movies, so thank you for that, Mom and Dad.
"When I was 8-years-old I was called into the principal's office and my father was looking very solemn and he said, 'We gotta go, it's grandma, '" recalled Rockwell.
Backstage, Rockwell addressed some of the criticism aimed at "Three Billboards" over its treatment of race relations.
"It's a complicated issue", Rockwell began, then pointing to an essay by Kareem Abdul Jabbar he said captured his thoughts. who wrote on the complicated theme of race and redemption in the film. "Thank you to the formidable Frances McDormand".
'They're not redeemed at the end of the movie. "It's a dark fairytale of some sorts", he said.
He won for his performance as deputy sheriff Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In addition to Sunday's result, the 49-year-old actor previously emerged victorious at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards, SAG Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and BAFTA Awards.