Watch: You've Never Seen This Version of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Classic Oscar Speech

Watch: You've Never Seen This Version of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Classic Oscar Speech

Mar 10, 2014

The dresses, the speeches, the… pizza — the Oscars can be one, big, beautiful mess. Sometimes we love to hate them, but when all is said and done, it’s always a delight to see your favorite film of the year take home the gold. However, according to this behind-the-scenes video of the Oscars TV truck, we’ve been watching the glitzy awards ceremony all wrong. It seems that the best action takes place not on the stage, but where a bunch of guys sit hunched over a desk and shout wildly at some TV monitors.

You’ve probably stumbled across Cuba Gooding Jr.’s 1996 Oscar acceptance speech at some point during your Internet travels. Gooding took home the award for Best Supporting Actor in the Tom Cruise-starring Jerry Maguire. The speech that followed was exuberant to say the least, but the crew directing the cameras during the ceremony have him beat tenfold. Watch one man snap his fingers like nobody’s business, call out camera numbers like a speed demon, and deliver the most thrilling performance of the evening that nobody got to see… until now. 


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