J.K. Simmons has won his first ever Oscar at the age of 60. The actor took the Best Supporting Actor award for his part in Whiplash. It will go next to his numerous BAFTA, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards.
Simmons was extremely honest during his acceptance speech and his after-awards interviews. He explained that he had no real acting training when he started, and it was something that he fell into. Simmons explained to Robin Roberts from ABC that he started because he could sing. They needed a lead in a role at the Montana playhouse, and he was just the best choice. However, he performed horribly, but he kept going back.
The actor has a music degree. He spent his teenage years in coffee houses playing cheesy guitar tracks and then started moving into classical music. However, he rarely plays now, and definitely not that well—according to his own opinion. The good thing is that his music degree has not gone to waste. It was due to Simmons’ background in music that he got his part in Whiplash. He could look at the scores and understand them perfectly fine, including the more complex tunes like the title one.
Simmons explained that all the musicians in the movie really played their instruments. That included the star of the movie, Miles Teller. It was important for the director to have something genuine.
While it is not the first award for Simmons, it is his first ever Oscar and at the age of 60. He was up against big names in his category, and many people expected him to miss out again. The Marvel’s Avengers Assemble actor said that he was just honored to be nominated, and during his acceptance speech kept coming back to his wife to thank her for her support. Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo were also nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award.
Despite being up against the competition, Simmons won. He also walked away with SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice awards for the exact same movie. By the time the Oscars came around, some people wondered whether it would be another one. While being shocked, he did joke in his acceptance award that his wife and children were “above average,” as a way to connect with the movie where he plays a tough music teacher.
The 60-year-old actor had a very heartfelt message to all those with living parents. He encouraged people to call and speak to their parents, rather than text or use social media. Simmons believes that people take their parents for granted, and should call more.
Simmons has focused mostly on TV roles in recent years. Over the last two years, he has taken on the same character in a number of different TV shows around the Marvel universe. He has managed all this, despite saying that he had no formal training to be an actor. According to his IMDb profile, he has also walked away with 20 awards, being nominated 38 different times. However, Sunday night’s Oscar is Simmons first ever one at the age of 60.
By Alexandria Ingham
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