In the video below, Irish people relive a few of the most memorable Oscar acceptance speeches throughout the years. Their reactions are a mix of laughter, astonishment, and even a few tears.
Who can forget the young Ben Affleck and Matt Damon taking home the award for the Best Original Screenplay in 1998 for Good Will Hunting? Or the year before, when Cuba Gooding Jr won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jerry Maguire?
"This is more touching than that whole Jerry Maguire film,” remarks an Irish viewer, while watching Cuba’s rambling acceptance speech.
“Ah man he’s loving life!” says an Irish lad of a jubilant Roberto Benigni, who stood on his seat when his name was announced for the Best Actor win in 1998 for Life is Beautiful.
Facts. posted the video “Irish People Watch Classic Oscar Speeches” to their YouTube channel in honor of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, airing tonight (Feb. 28).
Ireland boasts nine nominations this year, including Saoirse Ronan for Best Actress for Brooklyn, Michael Fassbender for Best Actor for Steve Jobs, and Lenny Abrahamson for Best Director for Room.