Oscar Acceptance Address for Best Actor in a Leading Role
delivered 25 February 2007, Hollywood, CA
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Thank you. Thank you. Just a second. Just a second. Okay, take it in.
I wrote something down 'cause I thought if it happened I might be a little overwhelmed -- and I am.
So, okay. When I was a kid, the only way I saw movies was from the back seat of my -- my family's car at the drive-in.
It wasn't my reality to think I -- I would be acting in movies.
So, receiving this honor tonight tells me that it's possible.
It is possible for a kid from East Texas, raised in South Central L.A. and Carson, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart; to touch them and to have them happen.
'Cause when I first started acting it was because of my desire to connect to everyone, to that thing inside each of us -- that light that I believe exists in all of us.
'Cause acting for me his about believing in that connection. And it's a connection so strong, it's a connection so deep that we feel it. And through our combined belief we can create a new reality.
And so I want to thank my fellow believers in the Last King of Scotland. I want to thank Peter, Jeremy, Andrea, Lisa, Charles, Kevin, James McAvoy, Carrie, Steven, Fox, DNA, Channel 4.
I want to thank the people of Uganda who helped this film have a spirit.
And finally, I want to thank my mom and my dad. I want to thank my wife Keisha, my children, my ancestors who -- who -- who continue to guide my steps.
And God: God, who believes in us all -- and who has given me this moment in this lifetime that I will hopefully carry to the end of my lifetime into the next lifetime.
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