ONE-SENTENCE SUMMARY OF ACTUAL SPEECH: "I had a gay theater teacher, and I hope my kids have teachers just as gay as him."
WHAT WOULD'VE BEEN MORE HONEST: "Ignorance occurs when people are too afraid to talk about something. Well, if this little golden statue has earned me anything, I'd like to think it earned me the courage to talk about something that most people in Hollywood are too afraid to discuss. Something that I never would have thought to talk about before this film.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am NOT gay. I had a gay theater teacher in high school, and he was cool, and I hope my kids have a teacher as cool, and possibly as gay as him. But you'll notice there that I said I had kids. The sort that come out of women who've had sex with men. Heterosexual men like me.
I took this role because my agent told me it would be brave. Had I known that every stage designer from Chelsea would be taking it as documentary evidence that I wanted to have sex with him on the set of Sleepless in Seattle I would have just made Joe vs. the Volcano 2: Joe vs. the Predator like I had planned.
In closing, I'd just like to reiterate that gay guys are great. And I would be totally fine with it if they taught my kids. But the fact that I have kids proves that I have vaginal sex with women. Thank you."
ONE-SENTENCE SUMMARY OF ACTUAL SPEECH: "I love my grandmother and Oprah and I'm not afraid to cry!"
WHAT WOULD'VE BEEN MORE ACCURATE: "First, I want to thank Ray Charles for dying recently. Without his well-timed and highly publicized death, I wouldn't be standing here in front of you today. [Weeps, looks skyward] Thank you, Ray. I'd also like to thank random chance, for making me kind of look like Ray Charles. Well, not really that much like him, but, combined with the fact that Denzel was booked, and if you squint real hard, I'm close enough--it worked.