FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
RENÉE ZELLWEGER: Oh, wow. Hello, my family.
What an honor. What an honor from my actor family.
Thank you so much for this. And thank you for inviting
me here alongside my extraordinary sisters, whose work
touches me so deeply. I celebrate y'all whenever you
come out with anything with a popcorn breakfast at the
theatre, and it's migrate honor to be here tonight
alongside y'all. And I'm just so grateful and for the
privilege of reflecting on the life of one of our own
and most beloved.
I have to thank my fellow actors: The gifted
Jessie Buckley and Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Darci
and Bella and Andy and Royce and Lewin and Dan and
Sharing the celebration of Judy Garland's
legacy will always be one of my greatest life blessings.
And if I could squeeze in a "thank you" to
Helen Cates from Texas. Thank you for sharing early
days with me and letting me sleep on your couch. I
still look up to you.
Tom Cruise, for your example of professionalism
am on set and striving for excellence and generosity and
And Vincent D'Onofrio, thank you for showing me
how to work and the seriousness of work so that it can
And to this community, y'all have taught me so
much along the way, and I'm so grateful to you,
especially to my sisters. Your example inspires me. I
feel so lucky to be a member of this family of story
tellers, who gets to do work that reflects the
experience of being human and fosters understanding and
empathy and unity and, with some luck, maybe pushes
history a little bit closer to the light.
Judy Garland, 50 years later, your community is
thinking of you tonight. This is for you.
Thank you so much, everyone. Thank you so