J.K. Simmons just nabbed his first Oscar, but it’s parents everywhere who truly won the night.
The Whiplash star began his acceptance speech Sunday by thanking his “remarkable” and “wonderful” wife, Michelle Schumacher, whom he married in 1996. Then, he turned his wit to his two “above average” kids.
“Even though I may try their patience, Joe and Olivia, you are extraordinary human beings,” said Simmons, 60. “And that’s because you are a reflection of your mother.”
His plea to young viewers everywhere?
“Call your mom,” the Best Supporting Actor quipped. “If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them. Don’t text, don’t email … and thank them and listen to them, for as long as they want to talk to you.”
In the (slightly edited) words of Amy Poehler in Mean Girls: He’s a cool dad!
Speaking to the press after his win, Simmons explained how much the honor means to him – and gives him a wider audience than the Farmers Insurance commercials he’s known for.
“Maybe more people saw me tonight than see me in the commercials. Those are seen by more people than the films,” he said. “This is the cherry on top of this enormous experience that Whiplash has been for me.”