JK Simmons may have won an Oscar for his role as the terrifying and abusive Terrence Fletcher in Whiplash, but last night he proved he's a softie at heart.
The star was accepting the award for Best Supporting Actor when he begged viewers everywhere to call their parents and tell them how loved they are.
"If I may, call your mom, call your dad" the Juno star told the audience last night. "If you're lucky enough to have parents, or two, alive on this planet, call them. Don't text, don't email, call them on the phone, tell them you love them and thank them and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you."
JK dedicated the award to his wife Michelle Schumacher, telling her, "I'm grateful for your love, your kindness, your wisdom, your sacrifice and your patience."
He also gave a shoutout to his two kids, Joe and Olivia, telling them they were "extraordinary." What an amazing dad/husband/person!
Twitter was soon awash with viewers (and stars) gushing about their mums and dads:
How are u liking the Oscars?! That opening was a musical theater lovers dream! Gotta go now to call my mom & dad because JK Simmons said so.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 23, 2015
I just skyped my mum and dad this morning but now JK Simmons has made me want to call them again right now! #Oscars2015
— Sarina Bellissimo (@SBellissimo) February 23, 2015
— Anne Walls (@annabellewalls) February 23, 2015
Speaking to reporters afterward, JK said he was "somewhat taken aback" by the response to his emotional speech. So lovely!