Transcript Monster's Ball

Oh, thank you so much. I am so proud to be an actor, I can’t tell you. It has saved my life. Acting has enriched my life, and it has made me learn so much about life, and I’m so proud to be here. Thank you so much to the actors for choosing me this year. Thank you. [cheers and applause]

I want to thank the entire cast. Any actress knows that she is only as good as the cast that surrounds her. I want to thank Coronji Calhoun, a first time acting job; Sean Combs; Heath Ledger; and especially Peter Boyle and Billy Bob Thornton. [applause] They are so good, and every single day they forced me to grow, to learn, and to be better at the craft of acting. And this is so much as much theirs as it is mine.

I want to thank our fearless leader: our director, Marc Forster, who was amazing, and who I loved and I trusted. [applause] And he guided me through this – this work. And Ivana Chubbuck, who helped me get to the heart of who this woman was; my manager, Vincent Cirrincione; CAA; our producer, Lee Daniels; and my life partner, Eric.

Thank you so much for--[applause]--encouraging me to take this risk. And it has paid off big time tonight! Thank you so much!