WELCOME TO THE BILTMORE HOTEL! Find your two teammates by the concierge desk.
The Biltmore opened in 1923 and was at that time the largest hotel west of Chicago.
JFK accepted his nomination here at the 1960 DOC. But the Biltmore is perhaps best known for hosting the first Academy Awards.
The Los Angeles Biltmore is known for being an early home to the Academy Award Ceremony for the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded at a luncheon banquet in the Crystal Ballroom in May 1927, when guests such as Louis B. Mayer met to discuss plans for the new organization and presenting achievement awards to colleagues in their industry. Legend has it that MGM art director Cedric Gibbons, who was in attendance, immediately grabbed a linen Biltmore napkin and sketched the design for the Oscar statue on it. Eight Oscar ceremonies were held in the Biltmore Bowl during the Academy's early years of 1931, 1935–39, and 1941-42. In 1977 Bob Hope hosted the Academy's 50th Anniversary banquet in the same room.
With this in mind, your Snowball task is to both perform and write your own Academy Awards speeches.
First find below, some sample speeches, and recite some of these for each other. Then write your own. What did you win for? Who you gonna thank? Do you have a social mission? Film your speeches. Post to Instagram. Tag @thesnowballparty and #lasnowball.
(Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1994)
Thank you. I'm standing here in lieu of my fellow nominees who are just as deserving, if not more so, of this moment. I'm standing here because of an army of people who over the course of a back-breaking schedule that was set by Bob Zemeckis -- who worked much harder than I did and had much more at risk if our efforts were not successful. I'm empowered to stand here thanks to the ensemble of actors, men and women who I shared the screen with, who in ways that they will never understand made me a better actor. And I am standing here because the woman I share my life with has taught me and demonstrates for me every day just what love is.
I -- man, I feel as though I'm standing on magic legs in a special effects process shot that is too unbelievable to imagine and far too costly to make a reality. But here is my mark, and there is where I'm supposed to look. And believe me, the power and the pleasure and the emotion of this moment is a constant the speed of light. It will never be diminished, nor will my appreciation and the meaning between two simple words that I can only offer you here: Thank you. God bless you in this room and God bless you all around the world.
(Best Actress, The Iron Lady, 2012)
Oh my god. Oh, c'mon! Oh! Alright. Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. I -- when they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, "Oh no! Oh, c'mon why? Her? Again?" You know? But, whatever. [Laughs]
First I'm going to thank Don, because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music, and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you've given me. And now secondly, my other partner. Thirty-seven years ago, my first play in New York City, I met the great hairstylist and makeup artist Roy Helland. And we worked together pretty continuously since the day we clapped eyes on each other. His first film with me was "Sophie's Choice," and all the way up to tonight when he won for his beautiful work in "The Iron Lady" thirty years later. Every single movie in between. And I just want to thank Roy, but also I want to thank -- because I really understand I'll never be up here again. I really want to thank all my colleagues, all my friends. I look out here and, you know, I see my life before my eyes: my old friends, my new friends. And really, this is such a great honor, but the thing that counts the most with me is the friendships and the love and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together. My friends, thank you, all of you, departed and here, for this, you know, inexplicably wonderful career. Thank you so much. Thank you.
CUBA GOODING, JR.:
(Best Supporting Actor, Jerry Maguire, 1997)
I know I have a little bit of time so I'm gonna rush and say everybody, and you cut away, I won't be mad at you. Tom said don't forget to thank your wife. I will never forget to thank my high school sweetheart and the mother of my children, Spencer and Mason. I love you, Sara. And my parents who are here, Shirley and Cuba the first. And... God, I love you. Hallelujah. Thank you, Father God, for putting me through what you put me through, but I'm here and I'm happy. I just want to... [Music begins to play]. Oh, here we go... Okay, the studio, I love you. And Cameron Crowe and... Tom Cruise! I love you, brother! I love you, man! [Applause starts.] Derek Brose, Shawn Suttles, Keith Butler, all my behind-the-scenes crew. Regina King, I love you! You did a great job when we made the movie! Everybody involved with the movie! [Loud cheering begins.] I love you! Oh my goodness! Here we are! I love you but keep going. [Unintelligible], everybody, I love you! I love you all! Cameron Crowe! James L. Brooks! [Standing ovation begins.] James L. Brooks, I love you! Everybody who's involved with this! I love you! I love you! I love you! ...Everybody involved!
(Best Supporting Actor, City Slickers, 1992)
Billy Crystal, [laughs] I crap bigger than him. You know, there are times when you reach a certain age plateau where the producers say, they talk about you and they say, "Well, what do you think? Can we risk it? Can we do it? Can we use him?" The other guy says, "I don't know, let's look at some younger ones. We can make them look older, but this one, you know, it's kind of difficult." They forget, they forget to ask that you go out there and you do all these…things. Like for instance, you know, [leaves podium] you go out there, you do these one-arm push-ups. [Does three one-arm push-ups on stage; returns to podium.] That's nothing, really. As far as the two-handed push-ups are concerned, you can do that all night and it doesn't make any difference whether she's there or not. And besides, it's a hell of a lot less expensive. Wow. You know, a long time ago in 1949, first picture, 1949, first film, I'd been shooting about two weeks and the producer came to me and he said, "Jack" – my name at that time was Vladimir, but he called me Jack. He says, "Jack, you're going to win the Academy Award." Can you believe it? Forty-two years later he was right. How the son of a bitch knew?! Thank you.
BEN AFFLECK (with comments by MATT DAMON):
(Best Original Screenplay, 1997)
I just said to Matt, losing would suck and winning would be really scary. It's really, really scary. We're just really two young guys who were fortunate enough to be involved with a lot of great people whom it's incumbent upon us -- there's no way we're doing this in less than twenty seconds -- upon whom it's incumbent of us to thank. Harvey Weinstein, who believed in us and made this movie. Gus Van Sant, for brilliant direction. Robin Williams, who delivered such great lines. Minnie Driver, whose performance was brilliant. Stellan Skarsgard, who was great. (Your brother.) My brother Casey, who's brilliant in the movie. (Cole Hauser.) Cole Hauser. My mother (Jon Gordon) and Matt's mother, (my mom) the most beautiful women here. (My dad right over there. Jack said hi to you. Alright!) Shhh... (Jon Gordon from Miramax.) Jon Gordon. Chris Moore (Chris Moore!), who produced the movie (Chris Moore!). Patrick Whitesell, the best agent in Hollywood! (Yeah! Patrick Whitesell!) And Cuba Gooding, for showing us how to give [an] alright acceptance speech! (All our friends and family! And everybody back in Boston watching us tonight!) And thank you so much to the city of Boston... And I know we're forgetting somebody. (Whoever we forgot we love you! We love you!) Thank you! Thank you so much!
(Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015)
What another lovely day. Very quickly, if Iain Smith, our amazing executive producer from Scotland, hadn't sent me a text saying, "whatcha doing at the moment?" and then got me on a plane out to meet George Miller and Doug Mitchell, I wouldn't obviously be standing here. It was a year of our lives in the Namibian desert. We had the most amazing crew. I hope that some, I'd heard they were on ticker tape, I thought they'd, that the names were going on the screen. But honestly, if anybody wants to know more about any of them just get in touch with me through my wonderful agents Wayne Fitterman from William Morris and Sue Latimer from ARG. But it was an incredible experience. But I just want to say one quite serious thing and I've been thinking about this a lot. But actually it could be horribly prophetic, "Mad Max," if we're not kinder to each other and if we don't stop polluting our atmosphere. So you know, it could happen.
Outstanding Makeup Achievement, "Planet of the Apes."
[The Oscar statuette is brought on stage by a chimp wearing a tuxedo.] How can I follow an act like that
May I thank the Board of Governors for this wonderful honor. And may I thank Mr. Zanuck, Mr. Jacobs, and Ben Nye and Dan Striepeke who share this award with me I say. But most of all, all those wonderful makeup men and hairstylists that worked so hard to make this picture a success. From all of us to all of you, God bless you and thank you so much.
Costume Designer, Amadeus, 1984
Ladies and gentleman, this is the biggest and the happiest day of my film career. I am very happy and proud and for me is it [sic] unbelievable because it is my first American movie. I thank the Academy of Motion Picture for the honor. And now, because the filmmaking is teamwork, I would like to send my thanks to all my collaborators in Czechoslovakia and Italy, mainly to my girl assistant, Zuzana Machova. But the biggest thanks are to Milos Forman because he made the great film, and if the film is great all other people on this movie they have their own chance. Thank you, Milos. Thank you.
(Producer, Shrek, 2001)
Thank you, members of the Academy, for inviting us to the party by creating this category to begin with. "Shrek" took five years and over 500 people to bring to life so I'm incredibly honored to be up here on behalf of the entire team. Special thanks go to John Williams who originally brought William Steig's book to DreamWorks, Laurie MacDonald who thought it might make a good animated movie, the amazing directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson. Our incredible cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow. Executive producers Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandy Rabins and David Lipman. Terry Press and Jim Tharp at DreamWorks and the entire staff of animators and artists at PDI/DreamWorks. Finally I want to thank my fellow producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has a love for animation that borders on obsession and who is the real reason we're here tonight. Thank you.