Sam Rockwell is glad people heard his tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star’s tribute to Hoffman almost fell on deaf ears, as the Oscars’ orchestra began playing him out.

Rockwell, 49, was accepting his Oscar trophy for Best Supporting Actor on Sunday night. “This is for my old buddy,” said the actor when dedicating his award to his late fellow Oscar-winner.

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Hoffman died in 2014 from acute mixed drug intoxication.

Rockwell also shared a cute story about how his parents fostered his love for film.

“When I was 8-years-old I was called into the principal’s office and my father was looking very solemn and he said, ‘We gotta go, it’s grandma,'” recalled Rockwell.

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“When we got in the car, I said, ‘What’s wrong with grandma?’ and he said, ‘Nothing, we’re going to the movies,'” he revealed. “My mom and dad’s love of movies became my love of movies.”

The actor also injected some humour into his speech, thanking “anyone who has ever looked at a billboard.”

When speaking to the press after accepting his award, Rockwell was relieved to find out his tribute was not washed out by the orchestra playing him off stage.

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