93rd Oscars Onstage Speech Transcript: WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

SPEECH BY: Emerald Fennell



Oh, my God. They said write a speech but I didn’t cause I just didn't think this would ever happen. But I'm going to be in trouble with Steven Soderbergh. I'm so sorry, I don’t want him to be cross with me. Oh, my God, he's so heavy and he's so cold. [Referring to Oscar statuette. Places it on table.] I’m going to lay him down. So the only speech I ever wrote was when I was 10. And I had a look to see if there’d be anything useful from it, but unfortunately, I mostly thanked Zack Morris from “Saved by the Bell,” who was my very supportive husband. Unfortunately, he hasn't been as much a part of my life as I'd hoped, and so that speech is not that useful. But all I can say is, I’m trying very hard not to cry, which is very difficult as an English person because you don’t cry ever.

This film was made by the most incredible people in the world, who made it in 23 days. Just, and brought their complete genius and love and humor to it. And I have so many people to thank. I feel mortified that I'm here by myself when it's not just my job at all. I want to thank Carey Mulligan for being not only the most talented person in the world, but the kindest and funniest. I want to thank the producers for standing behind this film always and, you know, never giving up, and Lucky Chap, Focus, FilmNation. The cast and the crew, the greatest in the world, the kindest in the world. They just made me look good and again, I'm just so grateful. And finally: my family, Mom, Dad, Coco, my husband Chris. Come on, come on. Our son, who did not arrive until a couple of weeks after shooting. Thank God because I was crossing my legs the whole way through. So thank you all so much. Steven, I hope that was all right. Thank you.


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