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Monday, February 27, 2012

And the Oscar Goes to... Global Greek Alexander Payne! Μπράβο Αλέξανδρε!

Mom, this one's for you. Σ'άγαπώ πολύ

With a very sweet Σ' Αγαπώ Πολύ! (I love you very much) Alexander Payne (Alexander Constantine Papadopoulos) dedicated the Oscar he received for The Descendants, his 2nd Oscar, to his mother who was in the audience! We loved it!  Any mother would have loved to be in her place - bursting with pride and joy - let alone a Greek mother listening to her son thanking her and telling her he loves her in Greek on the stage at the Oscars!! It made all of us in the Global Greek World feel very proud of him. Almost as if we had won that Oscar ourselves! 

Congratulations Alexander!
 With the most beautiful words in the Greek language, you gave Greece, and every Greek around the world who heard you, a shot in the arm at this difficult moment! 

We are all very proud of you!

Mrs Payne looks on as her son dedicates his 2nd Oscar to her

Alexander Payne gives the acceptance speech 
while Nat Faxon and Jim Rash look on

 Angelina Jolie gives Alexander Payne 
his 2nd Oscar for the Descendants

In a brief but very warm acceptance speech, trying to speak over the laughs which erupted at the parody his fellow writer Jim Rash put on of Angelina Jolie's pose on the stage as she prepared to hand over the Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay for 2012 to them, Global Greek Alexander Payne received his 2nd Oscar last night at the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

This is Jim and this is Nat. I’m Alexander. We bow to our fellow nominees. Help, stop the counter. We bow to our fellow nominees. We want to thank Fox Searchlight and producer Jim Burke for all their good works. We share this with George Clooney and the rest of the cast for interpreting our screenplay so generously. And we also share it in particular with Kaui Hart Hemmings, our beautiful Hawaiian flower for her novel. And on a brief personal note, if I may, my mother is here with me from Omaha and, hold the applause, and after watching the show a few years ago she made me promise that if I ever won another Oscar, I had to dedicate it to her just like Javier Bardem did with his mother. So Mom, this one’s for you  S'Agapo Poly. And thanks for letting me skip nursery school so we could go to the movies. Thanks a lot.
 


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