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Update: Remembering Tom Hanks' 1994 Oscars Speech

Before the Oscars fade into memory for another year let's take a look at this somewhat school-related moment from 1994 that is included in Salon's roundup of best Oscar moments:

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8. Tom Hanks eulogizes AIDS victims, outs his high school drama teacher, 1994
In his acceptance speech for Philadelphia, Hanks spoke powerfully about the AIDS epidemic:  "The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels," he said, choking up. "We know their names. They number in the thousands for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the creator of us all, a healing embrace that cools their fevers, that clears their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident, common-sense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all and was written down on paper by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia 200 years ago."

An amazing speech, only somewhat overshadowed by the fact that Hanks also unintentionally outed a former drama teacher and classmate (but it all worked out in the end).

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Tom Hanks, a former student at Sacramento State University should have stayed in school, possibly avoiding this unitended mistake. One interesting point, in which I heard him address during an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes was that his drama teacher told him that he would never make it as an actor. I just wonder if that mistake included that instructor, but of course, as the article noted, everything worked out in the end.

I find these awards ceremonies really over the top, especially since a majority of them are egotistical narcasits. But what I do find interesting is that when required to speak without a script, many fold under the pressure and excitement of the moment.

Interesting article and review.

Tom Hanks, a former student at Sacramento State University should have stayed in school, possibly avoiding this unitended mistake. One interesting point, in which I heard him address during an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes was that his drama teacher told him that he would never make it as an actor. I just wonder if that mistake included that instructor, but of course, as the article noted, everything worked out in the end.

I find these awards ceremonies really over the top, especially since a majority of them are egotistical narcasits. But what I do find interesting is that when required to speak without a script, many fold under the pressure and excitement of the moment.

Interesting article and review.

Yes, it did all work out in the end.

Hanks is a loyal Skyline High School graduate (Class of 1974, in Oakland, CA). He's been very kind to his former public high school.

Several years ago, Hanks donated a large amount for the renovation of the school's theater/auditorium, matched by community contributions. At the gala celebration of its opening, Hanks brought his former teacher up on stage and rededicated the beautiful theater as the "Rawley T. Farnsworth Theater" in his honor. It was a very touching and special moment.

Go Titans!

Yes, Hanks is great graduate from Skyline High School. He improve school's system in good way.

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