A. Thank you.
Q. You were talking about sitting on the bed, your dad giving you all the pointers of being an actor. From that day to this moment, what kind of ride has this been? And did you ever see this happening?
A. Well, you know, ups and downs, what does the Dude say? Strikes and gutters, man. That’s about it. That’s about it.
Q. I just wanted to know what part of Bad Blake do you identify most with? And also, will you and Colin Farrell please make a country band?
A. Say that again.
Q. What part of Bad Blake do you most identify with personally, and also, will you and Colin Farrell please form a country band?
A. The music, that’s what I most identified with Bad. I have been writing music, playing music since I was a kid. Unlike Bad, I have you know, I didn’t think he had great parents. Certainly didn’t have he had four, probably, great wives that he got rid of, you know.
But I have a very strong marriage, you know. Bad didn’t have that. There’s a lot of stuff he didn’t have. But the music, I don’t know about forming a country band. Sounds like a good idea. I’ll talk with those guys, maybe.
A. Thank you so much.
Q. One of the fascinating things about the Oscars in recent years, including this year, is that some of the acting, the key acting categories, are won by people in pictures that are not in the Best Picture category. Very odd, but interesting. And I am curious if you have any insight into that and what it means to be able to elevate the profile of a picture like Crazy Heart with this kind of triumph.
A. Well, that’s the exciting thing to me, because this award brings some attention to that great movie. I was kind of surprised. We got 10 nominees and Crazy Heart didn’t make it. Oh, God. But, of course, Scott, you know, but… bitch, bitch, bitch, right. I mean, God.
Did I answer your question? Say that again. Yeah, yeah. That’s, in a way, that’s one aspect of what these awards are all about to bring attention to all these great movies that we made, you know. And so I’m all for this ten Best Pictures. I think that’s wonderful. And I hope a lot of people can see Crazy Heart because of this.
Q. Jeff, over here. Congratulations, I loved this film. Loved it.
A. Thank you so much.
Q. What are you going to do with this newfound power? Any projects you’ve been associated with or that you’re going to sprinkle this stardust on?
A. Yeah. Well, certainly, the music, that’s going to bloom for me. That’s something that I’ve been doing for a long time. And this is going to help me continue that. But also, you know, there’s upsides and downsides of things.
The downsides, you lose some of your anonymity, and for an actor, that’s kind of tough. But the upside is, you know, hopefully, this award will help bring peace and understanding and prosperity to our world, you know. I think, because, really, movies are more than just entertainment, they are connecting us, you know.
And music is the same way. We have, you know, a movie about music here, but music and movies are a common link for all of us. And I am hoping that this will kind of raise my profile, and I am all about getting us, you know, getting us all together, getting the world healthy.
Sometimes I’ll think of movies as a great example for the way the world can work. You have all these, you know, different opinions, and all these different ways we can work together. And we can make the most beautiful movie we can make, and we have the opportunity to make this the most beautiful world too. So I hope that furthers that idea.
Q. As we see tonight, for a lot of your career you’ve been defined by one movie, The Big Lebowski. Will this put that to rest?
A. I’m digging the Dude. You know, I love him. That’s wonderful. You know, the success that he’s had. I was a little disappointed, when it first came out, it didn’t do much. But now we have Lebowski fests and all kinds of things.
Q. I was wondering what you were listening to on your iPod this morning when you were walking through Beverly Hills?
A. I was digging a little Benji Hughes. Do you know Benji Hughes?
Q. I don’t.
A. Check him out.
Q. I’ll look him up right now.
A. Good, good.
Q. That’s all.
Q. Everybody said tonight that you’re a successful man in every area. Now you are the Best Actor of the year. What would you say is your personal key for success?
A. Oh, well, first thing that pops into my mind is my wife, my support, you know. She holds that kite string. Lets me go way out there, and then it’s so sweet being reeled back in. I love coming home. She pointed out the other day, we’ve been apart 11 of the last 14 months. So I went, whoo, really far out there. But my wife and my girls, I guess the girls are the tail of the kite, keep me centered like that. My girl, my daughters.
Q. Thank you so much, and congratulations.