It's typical that an Oscar acceptance speech is packed with a nod to any number of important causes that are reflected in modern cinema. But it's not every day that an Academy Award winner urges viewers to pick up their phone and call mom.
Don't text. Don't email. Have a real conversation for as long as she likes.
Taking the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as an abusive band teacher at a prestigious school in "Whiplash," J. K. Simmons used his stage time to thank his parents and remind the audience to call theirs:
After a touching shout-out to his wife and kids, the 60-year-old father of three says,"Call your mom, everybody. I've told this [to], like, a billion people, or so. Call your mom, call your dad. If you're lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them. Don't text. Don't email. Call them on the phone. Tell them you love them, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you."
Simmons, who has gained fame both on television and in films, beat out a tough crowd to take the statue for his first Oscar nomination. The competition included Edward Norton ("Birdman"), Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"), Ethan Hawke ("Boyhood") and Robert Duvall ("The Judge").