Adam Sandler wasn’t doing a character at the Oscars; he was playing himself, the insanely successful comic icon whose early films were the big bang that created the modern-day man-child movement in big-screen comedies. Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore were the proton and neutron that lead to Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Jason Segel crawling out of the primordial nothingness. (Judd Apatow is God in this scenario.) - “That Was Our Boy: Adam Sandler’s Inexorable March Toward Truth”. Grantland.