This camera director was in the zone during Cuba Gooding Jr’s famous 1996 Oscars acceptance speech. You’ll be exhausted just watching him. Courtesy hw6420/YouTube
IF YOU saw Cuba Gooding Jr. deliver his acceptance speech when he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997, then you know what passion, dedication and excitement looks like.
The Jerry Maguire actor’s litany of thank-you’s and I-love-you’s was emotional, fast-paced and unstoppable.
But little did you know, things were just as exciting behind the scenes.
Recently released footage of the ceremony shows what was going on in the stage production box while Gooding Jr. was giving his insanely enthusiastic and moving speech.
The video shows just how much effort goes into getting a single person up onto the stage for an approximately one-minute speech.
At the end of the sequence, the lighting director shouts “What a f****** opening! Woo! Phenomenal!” Indeed.