“I am shocked and in awe and honored to be in this group of extraordinary women,” said Mulligan as she appeared on video alongside her fellow nominees. “I am so floored by each and every one of their performances.”
“I always think independent film is so much fun because you get to do it in 28 days or 29 days and it’s so much fun to be on. I think a 23-day shoot for the crew is just grueling,” Mulligan said of her experience with the film, adding that the crew was “painstakingly thoughtful” and “beautifully sensitive with each scene.”
The actress concluded her speech by noting she wanted to dedicate her win to “a true independent spirit and actress” whom she will always look up to — the late Helen McCrory. The beloved English stage and screen star, known for roles in Peaky Blinders, The Queen, Skyfall and three Harry Potter films, died April 16 after a battle with cancer.
The actress beat out fellow nominees Nicole Beharie for Miss Juneteenth, Viola Davis for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sidney Flanigan for Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Julia Garner for The Assistant and Frances McDormand for Nomadland. Promising Young Woman also earned a win for best screenplay.
Speaking with press following her best actress win, Mulligan said when she first read Emerald Fennell’s script, the actress remembered feeling “like there was a risk in there” to discuss a subject that “touches so many people and is so very sensitive and very serious, but also doing that in some places with humor.”
The actress also confirmed she would be attending this Sunday’s Academy Awards in person with her husband.
Judas and the Black Messiah film director Shaka King served as honorary chair.