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May 232012

Memorable Moments from 2011 Oscars: David Seidler’s Oscar acceptance speech and Melissa Leo’s tribute to Kirk Douglas.

Millions and millions of people from all over the world were watching the Academy Awards’ Gala. Each of the viewers having their own subjective experience. For the Editor of US Celebrity Blog these were the memorable moments of 2011 Oscars.

David Seidler’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

David Seidler at the 83rd Academy Awards

Upon the receipt of the coveted golden Oscar statue for Original Screenplay for work done on “The King’s Speech”, David Seidler said:

“The writer’s speech, this is terrifying. My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly and often. I’d like to thank my daughter, Maya, my son, Mark, for having faith in their dad as I have faith in you. And I would like to thank my producers, my director, my cast, there’s so many people and they are saying “wrap up now.” I’m sorry. I would like to thank her Majesty, the Queen, for not putting me in the Tower of London for using the Melissa Leo “f” word. And I accept this on behalf of all the stutterers throughout the world. We have a voice, we have been heard, thanks to you the Academy.”

David Seidler is 73. His defiant “My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that this record is broken quickly and often.” left an indelible impression on me.

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Star From the Golden Era

The other memorable moment for me was the appearance of Kirk Douglas. Say what you will, but Hollywood is about legends, dreams and memories. As much as I found Anne Hathaway irresistible and James Franco charming in his own way, Kirk Douglas represents Hollywood from the years past. He is a legend from the Golden Era of Hollywood. In spite of his age, Kirk Douglas’ charm, sense of humor, acting talent and timing remain intact……..
When he announced that Melissa Leo, won an Oscar for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in “The Fighter”, she was quite surprised.

Kirk Douglas and Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo with her Oscar and Kirk Douglas. Photo credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

We’ll never know – after all she’s an Academy Award winner! – whether she’s planned the curtsy in front of Kirk Douglas or it was a spontaneous gesture. To me personally, for a split second it appeared to be a tribute. True, they both covered up the moment with humor. Still, whether the scene was improvised or deliberate,  it was an Oscar-worthy moment to behold. Since the Oscars are about peers honoring peers the curtsy couldn’t have been more poignant…….  (Way more memorable than her snafu during the acceptance speech.)