Acceptance Speech: ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

SPEECH BY: Jessica Chastain

FILM: "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"

Thank you.  Oh, my gosh.  You guys.  Okay.  All right.  So thank you so much to the Academy for this.  I definitely would not be up here right now, I probably wouldn't even have a career if it wasn't for Hilda Queally, Paul Nelson, Steve Warren, Nicole Perna.  I love you guys.  Thank you very much.  I just have to say your names because I love you, Kristen, Nicole, Penelope, Olivia, I love you guys so much and to be included in the conversation with you is such an honor.  I have to thank Michael Showalter, my director, who created a space that inspired creativity and love and courage, the incredible hair makeup team, Linda, Stephanie, Justin, who really helped me find her, producer Kelly Carmichael, Rachel Shane, Gigi Pritzker.  I have to thank David Greenbaum, Michael Showalter all of Searchlight for shepherding my film, my scene partner and collaborator, Andrew Garfielld, the brilliant Andrew Garfield.  Thank you so much for bringing out the best of me by showing up every day with the best of you.  Thank you.

 

And right now we are coming out of some difficult times that have been filled with a lot of trauma and isolation, and so many people out there feel hopelessness and they feel alone.  And suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States.  It's touched many families.  It's touched mine and especially members of the LGBTQ community who oftentimes feel out of place with their peers.  There is -- we're faced with discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us.  There's violence and hate crimes being perpetuated on innocent civilians all over the world, and in times like this I think of Tammy, and I'm inspired by her radical acts of love.  We've talked about love a lot tonight.  I'm inspired by her compassion, and I see it as a guiding principle that leads us forward and it connects us all and the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are, accepted for who we love and to live a life without the fear of violence or terror.  And for any of you out there who do in fact feel hopeless or alone, I just want you to know that you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you.  Mio tesoro, Giulietta, Augustus, you are my heart, and I thank you all very, very much.  Thank you. 

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