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Accepting the Golden Globe award for best screenplay at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Brian Hayes Currie, director Peter Farrelly and Tony Vallelonga’s son Nick Vallelonga apologized for taking so long to reach the podium.
“We’re the writers. We were sitting in the kitchen,” Vallelonga joked.
The fellow nominees “sitting in the kitchen” were Alfonso Cuaron for Roma, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for The Favourite, Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk and Adam McKay for Vice.
As he brought his parents to life on the page, Vallelonga felt a particularly emotional tether to the project. Addressing Linda Cardellini, he said: “I can’t even look at her. She played my mom. She makes me cry every time I see her.”
Vallelonga praised Golden Globe winner Mahershala Ali for his role in the film, calling him a “genius playing a genius.”
Noting that “I can’t even tell you” how much he loves Viggo Mortensen for playing his father, Vallelonga acknowledged “I owe this whole thing” to the real-life Tony Lipp, as well as Don Shirley. “My father blessed us with this story. I can’t thank you enough. This is surreal.”
But before Hayes Currie could step up to the mic for his turn, the music played the trio offstage.
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg hosted the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Jan. 6. Tune in after the telecast for The Hollywood Reporter and Twitter’s official live aftershow.
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