By Rita Kokshanian
Updated Feb 22, 2015 @ 11:37 pm
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It's safe to say J.K. Simmons is having a good night. The actor, who starred in Whiplash alongside Miles Teller, took home an Oscar tonight for best supporting actor for his role in the film. Following an acceptance speech where Simmons encouraged viewers to call their parents whenever they have the chance, the actor went backstage to continue his thoughts with the press.

"For me the lean times were some of the best in my life," Simmons said backstage. "I look back on those times with great fondness." The actor joked that more people had seen him tonight than in the series of commercials he did for Farmer's Insurance.

Regarding his win, Simmons noted that he thinks it will mean more opportunities for him in the future. "I think there's much to admire in Fletcher's passion for his art," he said. "I don't think there's much to admire in his pedagogy."

—With reporting by Scott Huver