Adam Sandler got a rapturous reception for his Best Actor acceptance speech at the Independent Spirit Awards

The actor, whom many believe was widely snubbed from awards season despite receiving critical raves for his performance in Uncut Gems, took his time to address a somewhat controversial career.

Employing one of his trademark comedy voices, Sandler quipped how his film Funny People, which also starred awards host Aubrey Plaza, was “actually the last time critics pretended not to hate me for like 5 f***in’ minutes.”

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He went on to greet his fellow nominees in the category as “the guys who lost a Film Independent Spirit Award to f***ing Adam Sandler”.

He also credited the low-budget films that had transformed him into one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.

“Independent films have been a big part of the Adam Sandler ecosystem,” he began. “From my first film – a fearless look in the American education system through the eyes of a privileged sociopath by the name of Billy f***ng Madison – to my searing exploration of American college foosball and its manipulation of socially challenged athletes like Mr Bobby Boucher, I have tried to sell my truths with a truly independent spirit, while also cashing some truly disturbingly large paychecks.”

He recalled how a classmate ("a jean jacket-wearing, feather-haired douchebag by the name of Skipper Jenkins") from the “brief time I attended school” had won “Best Looking” over him, while Sandler instead received the dubious “Best Personality” award, making him realise that the Independent Spirit Awards are the “Best Personality awards of Hollywood”.

“So let all of those feather-haired douchebag mother***ers get their Oscars tomorrow night,” he declared.

“Their handsome good looks will fade in time, while our independent personalities will shine on forever.”

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