93rd Oscars Onstage Speech Transcript: INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

SPEECH BY: Thomas Vinterberg (director)



Wow, thank you very much. Thanks to the Academy for voting in this film; this is beyond anything I could ever imagine. Except this is something I've always imagined. Since I was five or something, I've been preparing speeches, in train stations, at school, in the toilet. And here I am. It's real, it's amazing. Wow. This is a film about letting go of control in life and as I lost control in my own. And I want to thank my wife, Helene, who sits over here for being the angel of this project, for guiding me through this very difficult period. I want to thank my children, my family Nanna, Ida, Albert, Lily. My screenwriter, Tobias Lindholm, who’s my guardian angel in both living and writing. I’m sending you my praises.

There’s a lot of people to thank but I'll…I'll…I’ll get there. I'm sending my praises to Zentropa, Sisse, Kasper. Peter, [inaudible], [Kristina] Kornum, all of you. You had so much heart, so much strength at the same time. The crew who threw everything they had in their hands to rescue me and rescued this film. The investors, my agents, distributors. Samuel Goldwyn, Bart Walker, all of you, Christina Bazdekis, Jessica Sykes, Bumble. You’re all there. Cinetic, thank you for showing the bravery of investing in a movie that is about four, depraved, white, drunk men, basically, who teaches children to drink as well. I mean, pretty uphills, in my perspective. Those four white men being Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe, Thomas Bo Larsen, my old friend. The whole cast. You were brilliant, Susse, Maria, all of you took out your hearts for this and were all brilliant. I want to send a special thank [sic], of course, to Mads Mikkelson, [interjection] Mads Mikkelson. Yeah, give him a hand. Mads, you gave us your finest. Not just for the film, but for my daughter as well. And I'll never forget.

Okay, so we wanted to make a film that celebrates life and four days into shooting, the impossible happens. An accident on a highway took my daughter away. Someone looking into his cell phone. And we miss her and I love her. And…um…sorry. Two months before we shot this movie and two months before she died, she was in Africa. She sent me a letter and she’d just read the script and she was glowing with excitement. She loved this and she felt seen by this and she was supposed to be in this. And if anyone dares to believe that she's here with us somehow, she...you’ll be able to see her clapping and cheering with us. We ended up making this movie for her, as her monument. So, Ida, this is a miracle that just happened. And you're a part of this miracle. Maybe you've been pulling some strings somewhere, I don't know. But this one is for you. Thank you very much


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