Jeff Bridges' acceptance speech
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Before the 2010 Academy Awards, some considered Jeff Bridges one of Hollywood's most underappreciated actors. But on Oscar night, this five-time nominee got his due when he won Best Actor for his turn as a washed up cowboy crooner in Crazy Heart.

Though he already nabbed a Golden Globe®, Critics Choice Award®, Screen Actors Guild Award® and an Independent Spirit Award®, Jeff says he wasn't prepared for how it would feel to win an Oscar. "All your concepts and everything go out the window, and there you are," he says. "You know those things when we were kids—those magic slates? It kind of felt like that for some reason. Everything just went [whoosh]. Clean, clear, a lot of gladness."

After the ceremony, Jeff says he celebrated "very delicately" and managed to get four hours of sleep. "I didn't go too far; I was proud of myself," he says. "I kind of blew it when we finally went back to the hotel. I think I did a little too much champagne there with my sweetheart."

FROM: From the Kodak Theatre: Oprah's Annual After-Oscar Party 2010
Published on March 08, 2010

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