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Renee Zellweger- Winner's Acceptance Speech, Best Actress, EE British Academy Film Awards in 2020

2 February 2020

Winner's acceptance speech by Renee Zellweger for Judy in the Leading Actress 

RENEE ZELLWEGER:  Always a gentleman.  Bob just said, "This is very heavy."

Thank you to the British Academy.  This is very humbling.  Saoirse, Charlize, Scarlett, Jessie, what an honour to be here tonight.  

Jessie Buckley, you are a superstar.  I'm so proud of you for this evening.  You're such a special person.  You elevate everything that you do, and I love you and I admire you and I'm so grateful for our collaboration.  Thank for our friendship.  Thank you.

And to Finn Wittrock and Rufus Sewell and our entire cast, including the feather girls dancing and all our pals in the audience at the Hackney Empire who worked so hard.  

Ms Rosalyn Wilder, your treasured memories of time shared with Judy Garland and The Talk of the Town helped light the way, and inspired us all, so thank you.  

My team back home and here, thank you.  

My partners in crime, David Livingstone and Rupert Goold.  Thank you for your creative brilliance.  It was such a pleasure to watch and experience.  Thank you for your faith and for your guidance,.

Tom, thanks for those great words.  Jeremy, for your magic make-up.  Jany for those unbelievable costumes, and I have to thank my stage mums.  Composer, Matt Dunkley, Geoff Foster.  I can't forget -- Paul Chandler.  Lynne, Luke, Jen, Andrew and Tricky Dicky, Kane, Milligan, Tora and Brett.  Your support and your patience meant everything.

And to all of our crew.  Look what we did.  Invited to the BAFTAs in this town where Judy played her final shows, lived her final days, alongside a film about that last chapter, made in this town by a group of folks who just wanted to collaboratively celebrate her.  And look, it's pretty neat.

Sharing this experience and this evening with you is among my life's great blessings and I'm so grateful.

Ms Garland, London town, which you have always loved so much, still loves you back.  This is for you.  Thanks everyone.  Goodnight.