J.K Simmons urged viewers to call their parents Sunday during his Oscars acceptance speech after winning the award for best supporting actor for his role in “Whiplash.” which was last year won by Lupita Nyong’o.
Simmons took home the first statuette of the night for his role as Terence Fletcher, a seemingly-psychotic jazz teacher known for his extreme teaching techniques. Simmons revealed his approach to acting is not unlike the relentless way in which Fletcher drove his music students to persevere.
“I was struggling, for many years doing regional theater for not much money all over the country and doing odd jobs in between,” Simmons told the Daily News. “I always felt that if there’s something else you can do for a living and be happy, you should do something else; but if you look deeply within yourself and the answer is that there is nothing else that will bring you satisfaction, then there’s your answer.”
The actor has been crushing it in the best supporting actor category at this year’s awards shows, bringing home the honor at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and BAFTA Awards.
That moment when the man with the golden statue makes you feel like an award yourself! A hearty congratulations to Mr. #JKSimmons for the recognition he has received for his work in #Whiplash. Best Supporting Actor #Oscars 2015 @theacademy.