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How Would You Feel If You Won An Academy Award?

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Posted on March 04, 2016

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Have you ever won an award? How would you feel if you won an Academy Award?

It’s awards season, and now that the most controversial Oscars ever has just passed, we wanted to hear more about what it feels like to be honored by your peers.

We think it would be difficult to remain humble if we had just received something like an Academy Award, but audiences love a modest winner. Actress Helen Mirren, earning an Oscar in 2007, said, “It’s joyous, it’s thrilling and there’s a little bit of guilt. It’s not a race. It’s very clear in a sprint of a marathon who’s best, but you can never say who is best at acting or painting or writing. You’re all just as good.”

There’s an undeniable sense of elevation, a euphoria associated with being awarded a high level of recognition, even when it’s not an Oscar. “The validation felt brilliant,” said Thandie Newton, after receiving an award from the British Academy of Film and Television in 2006. “On the day, I was thinking: ‘I love this red carpet! I love all the people that wove it together! It’s all brilliant!’ – it was Cinderella-land to me.”

Writer/director Mat Kirkby was another recipient of an Oscar in 2015. He recalls what it felt like to win the award: “Before you know it, you’re in the wings getting high-fived by Gwyneth Paltrow, and you look down and you’ve got a 6 kg, 24-carat-gold, iconic object in your hands and you’re giggling.”

J.K.Simmons, during his acceptance speech for 2015 Best Supporting Actor, said: “Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you. Thank you. Thank you, Mom and Dad.”

Winning a highly coveted trophy like an Oscar usually generates plenty of gratitude. An article about this year’s Oscars could not be complete without mention of Leonardo DiCaprio, who expressed his deep appreciation for his peers, family, and friends. “Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to all of you in this room,” the actor said. “I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career … To my parents; none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly; you know who you are.”

We may not make the Academy Awards at Michelson’s Trophies, but you can be sure that we have a beautiful trophy for the Oscar winners in your team. Give us a call today at 305-687-9898 to honor your top players!


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