2002 Oscar Acceptance Address for Best Leading Actress
delivered 24 March 2002
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Oh, my god. Oh, my god. I'm sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I'm so honored. I'm so honored. And I thank the Academy for choosing me to be the vessel for which His blessing might flow. Thank you.
I want to thank my manager, Vincent Cirrincione. He's been with me for twelve long years and you fought every fight and you've loved me when I've been up, but more importantly you've loved me when I've been down. You have been a manager, a friend, and the only father I've ever known. Really. And I love you very much.
I want to thank my mom who's given me the strength to fight every single day, to be who I want to be and given me the courage to dream, that this dream might be happening and possible for me. I love you, Mom, so much. Thank you. My husband, who is just a joy of my life, and India, thank you for giving me peace because only with the peace that you've brought me have I been allowed to go to places that I never even knew I could go. Thank you. I love you and India with all my heart.
I want to thank
Lions Gate. Thank you. Mike Paseornek, Tom Ortenberg
for making sure everybody knew about this little tiny movie. Thank you for believing in
me. Our director Marc Forster, you're a genius. You're a genius. This moviemaking
experience was magical for me because of you. You believed in me; you trusted me and you
gently guided me to very scary places. I thank you. I want to thank Ivana Chubic. I could
have never figured out who the heck this lady was without you. I love you. Thank you. I
want to thank Lee Daniels, our producer. Thank you for giving me
this chance, for believing that I could do it. And now tonight I have this. Thank you.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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