Stephen Colbert on Slavery's Big Oscar Night: ‘We're Even Now’

Stephen Colbert on Slavery's Big Oscar Night: 'We're Even Now'

Colbert says slavery had a happy ending, thanks to the Oscars

Stephen Colbert says the big winner on Oscar night was slavery.

He said on “The Colbert Report” Monday that the Best Picture win for “12 Years a Slave” means something important for America.

“Let this win send the resounding message forth: We're even now,” he said.

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He added: “Since the terrible evil of slavery resulted in a Best Picture Oscar, that means ultimately slavery has a happy ending. Just like the tragedy of the Titanic. If those people had lived to hear Celine Dionne sing that song, I'm sure they would gladly have drowned themselves.”

Colbert also had some praise for Matthew McConaughey‘s personal hero, Matthew McConaughey. (He noted, “I've been a McConahead forever.”)

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He the played a clip of McConaughey's acceptance speech, in he explained that his personal hero is always himself in 10 years – but that when 10 years pass, he imagines his hero as himself in another 10 years. It's McConaughey's way of forcing himself to improve.

“Only Matthew McConaughey has the humility to admit that however great he seems now, he's only getting better,” said Colbert.

Laugh if you want: McConaughey's system got him from “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003) to “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013).

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  • Robert Lee

    12 years a slave – did not even mention about 3700 black, African-American slave owners. No mentioning that first, official slave owner was black, Anthony Johnson.