The 80th Academy Awards: Proof that Dreams Come True

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Javier Bardem
Best Supporting Actor, No Country for Old Men

I want to thank the Academy for the inspiration it gave me during tonight’s 80th Oscar presentation. After all, what greater showcase than Hollywood to remind us that dreams can come true?

The acceptance speeches of a couple of newcomers whose dreams were acknowledged with the coveted award this evening said it all for me–

You can touch a long-shot through belief and perseverance.

“I also want to thank my junior high guidance counselor for a meeting we had where he asked me, “What do you want to do with your life?” And I said, “I want to make movies.” And he said, “What else do you want to do with your life?” And I said, “Make movies,” and he said, “What if you couldn’t make movies,” and I said, “I’d find a way that I could.”–Brad Bird, Best Animated Feature Film, Ratatouille

“The fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this, it’s just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible.” –Marketa Irglova, Best Song, Once