JEFF BRIDGES: Whoo! Oh! [standing ovation] Thank you. Thank you so much. Aw, this means so much to me. My god, this is a heavy thing. Whoa! This means so much to be acknowledged like this by my acting family. You guys, that’s what it’s like. It’s like a big family with you guys, playing “advanced pretend.” You know, my mom was real good at that. You always encouraged us to pretend, and it’s like this is just, you know, an advanced version of that. And it especially feels wonderful to be nominated in this great group of actors, with my buddy George, and all of you guys. You’re such wonderful actors. [applause]
I love being an actor. You know, pretending to be other people, getting into the shoes of other folks. Please wrap it up?! Oh man! [laughter] I wish I was – I mean, there’s so many people to thank. Okay, I’m just gonna have to—
MERYL STREEP: Don’t listen to them.
BRIDGES: Don’t listen to it? Just don’t – you did the best one. Yeah, I love that when you just... you know. Scott Cooper, the great director, writer. Thomas Cobb, the wonderful writer of the book. All of the wonderful actors in the movie, Maggie Gyllenhaal, her tenderness, her strength, it was so wonderful to be a part of. Colin Farrell, Bob Duvall, my god, what a dream working with those guys. [applause] T-Bone Burnett creating all that great music. [applause] My dear friend Steven Bruton. And, oh yeah, Bone turned me on to a great singing coach, if you guys need to do any singing, [laughter] Roger Love [sp], he’s very good. He does it over the phone, if you can believe it. [laughter]
And I gotta give a shout out to Lloyd Catlett, my stand-in over 50 years. You know, he’s from Texas. Anytime I gotta do a Texan, I just – and just Lloyd gives me a little Texas. You know, that’s – thank you, Lloyd. And my teachers, you know, in life and in acting: my mother, my father and my brother, thank you guys. [applause]
And my main teacher, where are you, I can’t see you? My wife, Sue, wave your hands. There you are! [applause] Thank you, sweetheart. And thank all of you guys. Love playin’ with you! [applause] [cheers]