“When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going “Oh no. Oh come on, why? Her, again” You know… but, whatever!
First I’m going to thank Don, because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech, they play ‘em out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives, you’ve given me.
And, now, secondly: my other partner. 37 years ago, my first play in New York City, I met the great hair stylist and make-up artist Roy Helland, and we’ve worked together pretty continuously since the day we clapped eyes on each other. His first film with me was “Sophie’s Choice”, and all the way up to tonight, when he won for his beautiful work in “The Iron Lady”, 30 years later. Every single movie in between.
I just want to thank Roy, but also I want to thank, because I really understand I’ll never be up here again… I really want to thank all my colleagues, all my friends. I look at here and, you know, I see my life before my eyes. My old friends, my new friends. And really, this is such a great honour, but the thing that counts the most with me is the friendships, and the love, and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together. My friends, thank you! All of you, departed and here for, you know, this inexplicably wonderful career. Thank you so much… thank you!