It happens almost every year: when more than one people win the same Oscar, each recipient only has a few moments at the microphone to thank their friends and colleagues. One speaks, then another, but one always gets cut off by the orchestra -- and that person is left speaking into a microphone that no longer works.
Such was once again the case during last night's 91st Academy Awards. Marvel fans rejoiced when Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, a win that was expected by many. But perhaps one of the most bittersweet moments from the acceptance speech was the one we didn't get to hear.
After producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller first spoke, co-directors Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey and Bob Persichetti took the microphone. However, when Persichetti was cut-off by the in-house orchestra, he was actually about to thank Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Following the prestigious win, the co-director revealed in a backstage interview his intent to thank the famed Marvel creators. "We were just going to thank Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for inspiring this whole thing," Persichetti said, "and for being a force of believing that all of us, human beings, have the potential, the capacity, to be heroes."
He continued by saying that, like Lee and Ditko's comics, their movie was meant to "challenge the audience to believe in themselves and believe in their neighbour and really be positive and make a difference in the world."
Stan Lee passed away last November at age 95, leaving behind an incredible legacy. The writer and executive producer was even honored during the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment. Steve Ditko also passed away last year, aged 90.
Last night's Oscars were a big win for Marvel. Not only did Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse take home the Best Animated Feature statue, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther won awards for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Score.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn. The film will be coming to home release on Blu-Ray, UltraHD, 4K and DVD on March 19 and on digital HD February 26.