The Hilarious Gotham Awards Acceptance Speech From Adam Sandler: With his moving acceptance speech for the performer tribute prize at the New York ceremony on Monday night, Adam Sandler lit up the 32nd Gotham Awards. Sandler was promoting his role in the Netflix basketball drama “Hustle” at the event, which was his first significant appearance of the awards season.
“I told my 16- and 14-year-old daughters Sadie and Sunny that I didn’t write a speech, and they reacted by saying things like, “You’re rude,” and “You’re mean,” Sandler began. “Daddy is so damn exhausted. Daddy puts in a lot of work; be calm. Can we write your speech, Daddy? asked the children. Therefore, you have something to say. I replied.
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“Dear well-dressed dignitaries, highly educated hipsters, and various other plus-ones of the Gotham Awards thank you for giving our dad, Mr. Adam Sandler, this prestigious lifetime, all-time, primetime G.O.A.T. achievement tribute award,” Sandler continued, adopting the growly southern accent he frequently uses for formal speeches.
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Whether it was true or not, the actor’s entire performance on stage was based on the premise that his acceptance speech was written by his daughters, providing an amusing window into the Sandler home’s internal conflicts.
We’re engaging in activities that we aren’t permitted to do when your father is at home, such as eating Yodels, trying on Spanx, and, dare we say it, laughing aloud at Ben Stiller movies, while he is with you tonight, he said playfully.
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The last time Daddy heard us laughing at the ‘Meet the Parents trilogy, he stormed into what he calls ‘The Screaming Room,’ which we just refer to as ‘the shower,’ and yelled, ‘Only the Sandman makes people laugh.’ The other comedians are all fuck.
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After that, Sandler gave a recap of his career in the entertainment industry, citing hits like “Billy Madison,” “Big Daddy,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” and “Uncut Gems.” In 1988, Daddy’s silly film career got its start, he said, “formed by two guiding principles: people in prison need movies too, and TBS needs content.”
Josh and Benny Safdie, the co-directors of Sandler’s “Uncut Gems,” paid homage to their star before introducing him to the audience. The trio has previously revealed that they will be working together on a new movie. One of the two actors at the celebration who received a performer tribute was the “Hustle” actor.
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Earlier in the evening, Paul Dano, Michelle Williams’ co-star from “Fabelmans,” presented her with her award. Don Katz, Peter Kujawaski, Jason Cassidy, Gina Prince-Bythewood, the cast of Hulu’s “Fire Island,” and other notable individuals were honored throughout the evening. Gina Prince-Bythewood directed “The Woman King.”