It’s always the most anticipated night for the Irish during Oscars week – and this year’s Oscar Wilde party delivered again.
Not only were VIP guests treated to a seriously good party in JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot offices, the speeches this year were something special.
While Melissa McCarthy had the entire crowd laughing non-stop as she introduced Glenn Close, and Aidan Gillen dazzled guests with his humour and humble acceptance – it was Chris O’Dowd’s speech that got everyone talking.
The Moone Boy creator used his moment to slam the government in power in the USA right now.
He said that he was “painfully aware that my journey from home to here has been immeasurably smoothed by the colour of my skin and the contents of my purse.”
Speaking specifically on the treatment of immigrants in America, Chris added:
“To witness the bombardment of terms like border wall, caravan and separation camps breaks my heart.
“I’m reminded of Oscar (Wilde’s) words – ‘the world’s a stage, but the play is badly cast.’ My humble advice to those in the lead roles, to paraphrase our friend J.J. – ‘Please, I beg you, act better.’ Your children are watching.
“And for those with names like Hannity, O’Reilly, Mulvaney, Pence, Bannon and Conway, I’d like to remind you that your immigrant ancestors are listening and you’re making their ears bleed. Well-chosen words can garnish your life with immortality.
“Remember where you came from or you’ll be long forgotten. Choose better words or choose different roles.”
The speech was met with cheers and claps making what was an incredibly proud moment for Chris, even more important.
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