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Who Had The Most Powerful Oscar Moment? This Actor… And It Was Only A Few Words.

The Oscars were Sunday, and wow, what an event!  Viewers were lavishly treated to red carpet beauty, fancy dresses, TV production at its finest, cinematic genius, and celebrities galore.  But did you catch the highlight of the entire show?  It was brief and easy to miss, yet hidden within the pageantry and glamor was a very humble and moving message from one of the night’s big winners.

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J.K. Simmons, a native of Detroit Michigan, has been acting for almost 3 decades.  The 60 year old has enjoyed a great career, but Sunday night was certainly his highpoint when he won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Whiplash.


In his acceptance speech, Simmons took the opportunity to convey an often overlooked but critically important message: pursue your family.  Amidst many bold statements from actors and directors honored at the Oscars, it was a subtle, yet powerful moment that revealed a critical need in our world.


Directing his comments at children everywhere, these are the powerful words that he uttered: “Call your mom, call your dad. . . . Don’t text.  Don’t email.  Call them on the phone.  Tell ’em you love ’em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”


We couldn’t agree more: family is unbelievably important.  It is so important that many argue it is the singly most critical tangible aspect of society. For it is at the family level that people are first impacted.  Families play a critical role in shaping a person and shaping our society…and it all starts with a simple bit of communication.  Whether tight-knit or estranged, it still comes back to picking up the phone and speaking intentional words of love.


Please share to spread this message and help family relationships….and call that person!

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