For his role as football player Rod "Show Me the Money" Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire
, Cuba Gooding Jr won an Oscar for best supporting actor. At the Academy Awards ceremony, he rose and embraced co-star Tom Cruise before heading to the stage, where he danced around, enthusiastically shouting out a laundry list of thanks and I-love-yous ("I love you! Tom Cruise! I love you, brother! Everybody, I love you. I love you all. Cameron Crowe! James L Brooks! James L Brooks, I love you. Everybody who's involved with this, I love you. I love you!") which extended well past the orchestra's cue to end the speech.
"If there is anyone who has not been thanked by Cuba," host Billy Crystal joked as he returned to the podium, "please give me your name. He's waiting backstage."
[Gooding was nearly passed over for the Tidwell role because some of the producers felt he was too short to play a football player.]
[Cuba Gooding, Jr break-danced in the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. His first film role? "Boy Getting Haircut" in Eddie Murphy's Coming to America.]