It’s an unofficial Oscar tradition -- an excited winner making their victory speech exceeds their allotted time and is abruptly played off stage by the orchestra. However, at the 87th Academy Awards director Pawel Pawlikowski gave a speech while accepting the award for best foreign language film that went so long that even the music could not stop him.
Pawlikowski’s speech was unique from the start, commenting on the irony of his film – “Ida” – winning the award.
“We made a film about the need for silence, withdrawal from the world and contemplation, and here we are at this happy center of noise and attention,” said Pawlikowski.
The director went on to thank his crew, who he said would be watching from home drunk.
"You can totally take a drink,” the director told his crew.
However, things got even stranger when the Polish filmmaker continued to ramble on, cueing the dreaded cutoff music. Pawlikowski, though, did not skip a beat. He continued to speak until the show’s producers had no choice, but to stop the music and let the director finish. Eventually, the microphone had to be lowered back into the stage to get the excited Oscar winner to leave the stage.
Watch the entertaining speech below:
Pawlikowski was accepting the award for best foreign language film for “Ida,” the story of a nun who puts off taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret concerning the Nazis during World War II. With the director’s lively speech, perhaps more people will make an effort to see the little-seen foreign film. It's currently available to watch on Netflix.