Adam Sandler takes on film critics in thunderous NYFCC Awards speech


Sandler presented his “Uncut Gems” filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie with the NYFCC Best Director Award.

Awards season got a crazy dose of adrenaline last night at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards when Adam Sandler took the stage to present the Best Director award to his “Uncut Gems” filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie. Sandler is considered a dark horse to land an Oscar Best Actor nomination for his performance in “Uncut Gems,” and his five-minute introduction to the Safdie brothers at the NYFCC proved the Oscars would be that much better with Sandman in the spotlight. building. Sandler, speaking to dozens of New York’s most notable film critics, didn’t let the critics off the hook.

“All you critics, I know what you’ve said about me over the years,” Sandler said. “It’s okay. I have two words for you: you’re mean! But it’s about the boys. The Safdie brothers.

Sandler then launched into a thunderous Safdie Brothers roast that left even Bong Joon Ho and Martin Scorsese overwhelmed with laughter. As “Uncut Gems” nears $40 million at the domestic box office and continues to win awards throughout awards season (Sandler will receive the National Board of Review’s Best Actor award tonight in New York ), it’s clear that no one has a more exhilarating time on the circuit than Sandler and the Safdies.

“How do you distinguish the Safdie brothers? Sandler asked the NYFCC audience. “Well, Josh looks like a crazed yeshiva student who could possibly shoot you, and Benny looks like a nice dentist who could possibly shoot you too.”

“The more I got to know the Safdies, the more I learned they had similarities,” Sandler continued. “They’re both powerhouse film historians and virtuosos who graduated from Boston University and feel more comfortable naked wearing a yarmulke. They can both roll joints so big Bob Marley would say: “I can’t smoke all this shit!” I have things to do this week. And they both like to write and edit movies that make you want to text your therapist and say, ” I need a date right now, fuck!” Help me! Help me!”

As for what it’s like to work with Josh and Benny at the same time, Sandler likened the experience to a threesome. “You can’t make one seem more pleasurable than the other,” the actor said with a laugh.

Sandler has won several Critics’ Panel Awards for Best Actor and many have called his performance “Uncut Gems” the crowning achievement of his film career (on par with or even better than his work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love”) . Before the Safdie brothers took the stage to accept their best director award, Sandler reported his speech to the film critics in the room.

“I can’t thank these guys enough for getting critics to say something nice about me for the first time in 30 fucking years,” Sandler said as the NYFCC crowd erupted in applause.

“Uncut Gems” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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