Adam Sandler’s Best Actor speech for ‘Uncut Gems’ at the Spirit Awards was amazing

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There’s a lot of fashion to cover from the Independent Spirit Awards, but just know this: no one at tonight’s Oscars will give a speech like Adam Sandler did at the Spirits. Adam was “snubbed” for nearly every major award nomination for Uncut Gems, making him the J.Lo of the men’s side – the one stretching his dramatic chops for some gritty independent film work, only to be shut out in favor of more establishment nominees. Unlike J.Lo, Adam actually won an Spirit Award though, and he came prepared with a brilliant speech. This is NSFW but absolutely worth it. It was hilarious and props to Sandler. It killed in the room too. I wish we could see something like this at the Oscars!

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Here’s Idina Menzel in Michael Kors (she stars in Uncut Gems too). It’s not my taste, but it’s a sort of vintage-flavored suit and it looks nice on her.

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Rachel Brosnahan in Brandon Maxwell – as a blonde, she looks like Evan Rachel Wood, so when I saw her, I was like “damn, why isn’t ERW wearing a pantsuit?” This is fine though.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Well I did not expect to be so thoroughly CHARMED by Adam F*cking Sandler, but here we are! That was adorable.

    • lemonylips says:

      I watched the film and was just thinking how I couldn’t believe that I utterly enjoyed a film with Adam Sandler and him as an actor. He nailed it, was great in it. You know what, I’d watch another film with him as long as he doesn’t talk like a man child, cause he obviously has talent.

    • EM says:

      Amazing. Adam Sandler was charming and adorable. There’s hope for 2020 yet.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Couldn’t have said it better.

    • Emma33 says:

      That was absolutely HILARIOUS! I heard him interviewed by Terry Gross a few months ago and I thought he seemed so quietly charming and self-deprecating in an honest way. He seems like he really has his feet on the ground.

  2. sunny says:

    It was great! It was so warm and funny and charming. I love that he recognized so many of the people he worked with prior including everyone he worked with on his comedies. He also obviously gave hilarious shoutouts to the Safdie’s and he also shouted out Noah Baumbach and they all mentioned Adam in their speeches as well.

    My fav speech of the whole night though was Josh and Benny Safdie winning for best director- they gave 2 speeches at once and talked all over each other which is basically the style of all of their movies. You could hear the audience laughing- it was wonderful.

  3. Ali says:

    I had no idea Adam Sandler is such a nice guy. I’m so glad he won for best personality lol.

  4. Other Renee says:

    Adam Sandler and I have mutual friends and apparently he’s a lovely person. I met him once briefly and he seemed nice. Unfortunately I absolutely hated that movie and walked out. I did, however, appreciate his acting skills. I just hated the characters, especially his and just couldn’t watch the film and left.

  5. No Doubt says:

    Awww…he gets some crap for his silly movies, but he has made some good ones over the years and they all have heart. 50 First Dates is one of my all time favorite comedies. Great speech and I’m glad he got some love!

  6. ooshpick says:

    big smiles over here!

  7. Pamspam says:

    Oh my gosh I’ve never been a fan, but this speech might make me reconsider.

  8. Charfromdarock says:

    I feel the same way about Sandler that Kaiser feels about Dern.

    However, the speech is the only time he didn’t completely Annie the crap out of me.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      annoy autocorrected to Annie!

      Of course that happened on a Sandler comment.

    • Allergy says:

      I like Annie better! It’s like when you know you shouldn’t pay any attention and let yourself be annoyed and distracted, but you just – can’t – help – it. You are Annied.

  9. Golly Gee says:

    He’s starting to look like Sean Penn– Yikes! At least in the bottom picture.

  10. Sayrah says:

    Great speech! I do love Sandler as a goofball comedic actor. I’ll have to see uncut gems.

  11. Ann says:

    I love Adam Sandler and Billy Madison is unapologetically one of my favorite movies. Sandler has given us decades of comedy (hit and miss, sure, but steady) and I’ve only ever seen him be an absolute sweetheart in public. His ode to Chris Farley at SNL a few years ago still makes me cry. I’m happy he won and I hope he gets some major prestige awards at some point.

    • Greywacke says:

      He was poking fun at himself. There is much irony in fact that he had made so much money in Hollywood films, many that have also been reviled by critics, but here he is – defying even his own expectations – by getting an Independent Spirit Award. This irony was not lost on him. But his humor isn’t for everybody.

  12. Justwastingtime says:

    I guess I am the only one who didn’t find his speech charming. The first part was cute.. but then it began to be all about his entire career and his life and how much money he has made .., which was annoying. It was as if he will never get an award again… which is probably true. He should have talked more about the film in my opinion. I guess for Adam Sandler that was a good speech?

    Oh and yes, there were some awesome outfits last night…

  13. June says:

    So happy for him. Very talented. Will be watching Oscars to see Brad Pitt win. He has so much support in the Academy. Nice to see him recognized too.

  14. BeanieBean says:

    I don’t understand Rachel’s outfit at all. It’s like she put the top on, maybe spilled wine on the skirt, and just threw on a bath rowel & headed out the door. And I saw a lot of black background floral prints. Ugh. Are we really doing that again?

  15. ChillyWilly says:

    Very funny and warm hearted speech. I’ve always found him endearing. I loved Punch Drunk Love.

  16. Sass says:

    ERW and Rachel have an inside joke that they’re the same person 😂 they have posted about it on Instagram.

    I prefer Brosnahan as a brunette. And I adore her in Maisel, costuming for that show is on point. I first saw her in Manhattan and it was a similar aesthetic, less bright and bubbly of course. But I haven’t cared for her recent offscreen ensembles this past season.

  17. Trish-a says:

    Aww that was sweet!!! He’s a good guy.

  18. SJR says:

    Adam Sandler has new-ish comedy stand up on Netflix, in which he reminded me why I always check out whatever he is doing. Some good, some bad, some that should never have been made..Jack & Jill, I mean you.
    But the Netflix show, he sings some heartfelt song about Farley that just got me, tears be flowing. Sandler has talent, no denying his box office power either.

    I will watch Uncut Gems when it hits either Prime or Netflix. Looks good but, these days no one gets me out to the The Movies except Keanu Reeves. (And not every Keanu movie either, he has made his share of stinkers too)
    Streaming, 60″ tv, excellent recliner, and I do not have to tolerate other people who have no manners at the movie theater.

  19. Naddie says:

    People forget things so easily, suddenly he’s a nice guy. Sure.

  20. Some chick says:

    Michael Kors is knocking off Betsey Johnson. And perhaps Mugler. (Arguably, the red/pink print skirt in the last photo is also a “tribute” to Betsey.)

    Let it be known!

    IMHO he is a terrible “designer.” Successful, but terrible. (YMMV.) Hold onto yr wallet.

  21. paranormalgirl says:

    I got to meet Adam Sandler when he was in town (on Long Island) filming a movie. He was really nice, warm, genuine, and down to earth.

  22. Bella says:

    Uncut Gems was amazing! The character he played was hard to like, but he always plays it where nice to the female leads. This was no exception. I also love Spainglish which he wrote, directed and starred. It had lots of heart in it, which I feel all of movies even Uncut Gems. The character has a serious gambling problem, and could not help himself. You saw him struggling with it and also how he loved his wife but was in love with his mistress. Great movie!