Philip Seymour Hoffman Gets Sam Rockwell Shoutout At Oscars In Best Supporting Actor Category

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Philip Seymour Hoffman received a shoutout by Oscar winner Sam Rockwell as he was accepting his award. Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor for for his performance as a volatile, racist small-town cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In doing so he gave a shoutout to the late actor who previously won Best Actor for Capote and was last seen in the Hunger Games series.

Hoffman, who was found dead February 2 on the bathroom floor of his New York apartment with a syringe in his left arm, died of acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, the New York medical examiner’s office said. The manner of death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said in a statement.

In his Oscars speech, Rockwell told a story to thank his parents for instilling a love of movies in him from an early age. “When I was eight years old I got called into the principal’s office. My father said, ‘It’s Grandma’. ‘What’s wrong with Grandma?’ ‘Nothing, we’re going to the movies’.” Nice, but he’s probably blown his chances of winning that jet ski. At the end of his speech, Rockwell dedicated the win to “my old buddy Phil Hoffman”.

Here are some reactions on social media to Rockwell’s shoutout to Hoffman at the Oscars.

Rockwell in January 2018 spoke to Larry King where he talked about Hoffman. Rockwell remembered Hoffman as “very wise” in his interview with King (video seen below).

Mimi O’Donnell has detailed the loss of her longtime partner, late actor Hoffman, in a very raw essay. In the piece published in Vogue, the costume designer turned director-producer speaks candidly of the Oscar-winner’s relapse which led to his death in 2014.

The 90th Academy Awards comes amid a tumultuous period for Hollywood. #MeToo and the “Time’s Up” movements will cast a long shadow over the ceremony, hosted by Kimmel for the second year in a row. The allegations against Harvey Weinstein have roiled Hollywood. Three of his accusers are expected to be presenters. And the wide-open best picture race could make for some suspense in the final minutes of the show. “The Shape of Water,” which leads all films with 13 nominations, is locked in a tight race for best picture with “Get Out” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

What did you think of Rockwell’s dedication to Hoffman in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Oscars? What has been your favorite Hoffman performance? Let us know in the comments section.

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