Watch Adam Sandler’s Epic Independent Spirit Awards Speech

"I'd like to give a shout-out to my fellow nominees, who will now and forever be known as the guys who lost to Adam Sandler."

Adam Sandler accepts the Best Male Lead award for 'Uncut Gems' onstage during the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
Adam Sandler accepts the Best Male Lead award for 'Uncut Gems' onstage during the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / February 9, 2020 10:47 am

He may have been snubbed by the Oscars, but Adam Sandler’s Uncut Gems performance finally got some recognition at last night’s Independent Spirit Awards, with the Sandman taking home Best Male Lead — and, as you might have guessed, he addressed the Academy’s oversight in his acceptance speech.

Sandler recalled how in high school, he lost the Best-Looking yearbook superlative to some “feather-haired douchebag” but was awarded the Best Personality distinction instead. “Tonight as I look around this room, I realize the Independent Spirit Awards are the best personality awards of Hollywood,” he said in his speech. “So let all of those feather-haired douchebag motherfuckers get their Oscars tomorrow night. Their handsome good looks will fade in time, while our independent personalities will shine on forever.”

The comedian also referenced some of his previous work and joked about those movies’ independent spirit. “Independent films have been a big part of the Adam Sandler ecosystem,” he said. “From my first film — a fearless look in the American education system through the eyes of a privileged sociopath by the name of Billy fucking Madison — to my searing exploration of American college foosball and its manipulation of socially challenged athletes like the Mr. Bobby Boucher, I have tried to sell my truths with a truly independent spirit, while also cashing some truly disturbingly large paychecks.”

You can watch Sandler’s speech in its entirety below.

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