The Academy Awards were last night, which reminded me of what a travesty it was that Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby never won an Oscar. It’s a damn shame, and emblematic of what’s wrong with this great nation.
At one point in the movie (I’m pretty sure, anyway) Ricky says: “I’m a winner! I can do what I want!” which is the theme of the entire movie. If you’re not first, you’re last. More expository dialog:
(Ricky’s sons, Walker and Texas Ranger, are talking smack to their grandfather at the dinner table.)
Chip: [to Ricky Bobby] Are you just going to let your sons talk to their grandfather like this?
Ricky Bobby: Hell yes I am! They are winners! That is how winners talk!
Carley Bobby: If we wanted two wussies, we would have named them Dr. Quinn and Medicine Woman!