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“So, the only speech I ever wrote is when I was 10, and I looked to see if there would be anything useful from it, but unfortunately I only thanked Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell, who was my very supportive husband,” joked Fennell at the podium in front of the socially distanced audience. “Unfortunately, he hasn’t been as much a part of my life as I’d hoped, and so that speech is not that useful.”
Fennell continued, “All I can say is — trying hard not to cry, which is difficult as an English person because we don’t cry ever — this film was made by the most incredible people in the world, who made it in 23 days, and just brought their complete genius and love and humor to it.”
She said at one point, “Lucky chap, focus!” to herself, before continuing her speech. Fennell thanked the film’s producers for “standing behind this film always, and for never giving up.” She went on to thank the cast and crew, “the kindest in the world, and the greatest in the world.”
In winning the award, Fennell beat out Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Promising Young Woman was also up for best picture, while Fennell was nominated for best director. The film lost out to Nomadland and director Chloe Zhao.
Carey Mulligan competed in the best actress category for Promising Young Woman, and Frédéric Thoraval was nominated for his editing.
Backstage, Fennell called the British film industry “an amazing place to come from.” She added, “I think it is just getting better and better. It has been amazing to see so many British people succeed.” Of her future filmmaking endeavors, Fennell commented, “I think I always hope to make something that people would want to go and see, even if it is about something difficult and troubling. “
The 93rd annual Academy Awards were held at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with nominees and presenters walking an outdoor red carpet and participating in socially distanced interviews.
Televised live on ABC, the 2021 Oscars were produced by Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher.
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