The Cove's Oscar Acceptance Speech

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The Cove Director's Oscar Acceptance Speech

[Ed. Note: First, read Dolphin Hunt Film "The Cove" Wins Best Documentary Oscar.]


Though Fisher Stevens, producer of Best Documentary winner The Cove, kept his remarks well under the suggested 45-second limit, the orchestra played off director Louie Psihoyos just as he was approaching the microphone.

“Fisher and I had this timed perfectly, with military precision, to 45 seconds, not a second longer,” says Psihoyos (pictured, left).

“We actually got it down to 44 seconds.”

Laughing, he added, “I’d spent about a week preparing and fretting over this. I would have enjoyed last week a lot more if I’d known I wasn’t going to get to speak!”

(Psihoyos — whose last name rhymes with “sequoias” — wonders if the show’s producers got spooked when activist/main Cove protagonist Ric O’Barry held up the “Text DOLPHIN to 44144″ sign you see here. The Academy did not immediately respond to EW’s calls for comment.)

In any case, Psihoyos sent us what he planned on saying. Here it is, straight from his email.

The Long version of the world’s Shortest Oscar acceptance speech

By Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove