1. In 1998, Robin Williams won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as psychologist Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting.
2. He had already been nominated three times, but 1998 was his year.
Williams was nominated for Oscars for his performances in 1987’s Good Morning, Vietnam, 1989’s Dead Poets Society, and 1991’s The Fisher King.
3. His Good Will Hunting screenwriters and co-stars, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, gave him a huge hug before he went on stage to accept his Oscar.
5. Here’s the full text of Williams’ speech:
Thank you. Oh man, this might be the one time I’m speechless. Oh… thank you so much for this incredible honor. Thank you for putting me in a category with these four extraordinary men. Thank you, Ben and Matt. I still want to see some ID. Thank you, Gus Van Sant for being so subtle you’re almost subliminal. I want to thank the cast and crew, especially the people of South Boston — you’re a can of corn, you’re the best. I want to thank the Mishpachah Weinstein — mazel tov! And I want to thank Marsha for being the woman who lights my soul on fire every morning. God bless you. And most of all, I want to thank my father, up there — the man who, when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful, just have a backup profession like welding.’ Thank you. God bless you.
7. You can watch the full speech here:
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