Sam Rockwell dedicates Oscar win to his 'old buddy' Philip Hoffman

Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards. azer Harrison  Getty Images

Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards. azer Harrison Getty Images

"Lawn Dogs" fame Sam Rockwell won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 90th Annual Academy Awards for his work in "Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri". He was very close to me and an inspiration to all my peers, people like Jeffrey Wright, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin.

"He was a great inspiration and a great theater director", said Rockwell.

"He was an old friend of mine, and he directed me in a play at the public theatre", Sam recalled when he showed up backstage.

"He was a great director, and he believed in doing theater". "You inspire me, and you always have", he continued. He added that he "was a bit of a jock, a wrestler and he played basketball. He was a good friend and a huge, huge inspiration on me".

Not only is Rockwell a star on screen, he has owned the stage in a number of theatrical productions, including his most recent performance in Sam Shepherd's Broadway play Fool For Love alongside Nina Arianda.

During his speech - a rushed one, as Rockwell joked he was trying to win the jet ski that host Jimmy Kimmel teased in his monologue - Rockwell thanked his fellow nominees and "Three Billboards" co-stars Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand. This was Rockwell's first-ever nomination, and gave a short but great acceptance speech after taking the trophy from Viola Davis, last year's Best Supporting Actress victor.

She quipped: "I did it all by myself".

The 43-year-old actress looked spectacular in a black and sheer J. Mendel design with silver detailing and delicate. Thank you for the gift of LaVona. "You're going to make me cry".

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