Acceptance Speech: COSTUME DESIGN

SPEECH BY: Jenny Beavan


Team CRUELLA.  Go team CRUELLA.  Now if you heard a really embarrassing noise, it's probably my family who's somewhere up there who supported me through this extraordinary experience which had massive amounts of fun, as you can see.  But also, it was slightly stressful.  The only one I'm missing is my darling son‑in‑law, David, who used to give me good advice at the end of every day but is no longer with us. 


Anyway, I just thought I should explain.  I obviously didn't go down well last time.  I'm honoring my inner Cruella.  A little bit of Matthew Marksom, random lapel; Tom Davies, eyewear; Tom Botsford, graffiti.  


And I have to tell, when Kristen Barr and Craig Gillespie asked me to do this movie, I truly didn't think we had the time.  I mean, I actually nearly said no.  Glad I didn't.  The only reason I didn't was because Clare Spragge, who's sitting just there sparkling, said she would come on board as costume supervisor and bring the team.  The team of the most phenomenal, creative, clever, generous, amazing people, I mean, without whom obviously it wouldn't have happened.  


And I also need to thank Nadia and Naomi and Julia, our makeup and hair team, because they complete the looks.  And it's a little sad putting a CRUELLA costume in my hair.  But also, the actors who just brought such life.  I think Emma Thompson hyperventilating over some of her fittings with joy was one of the highlights of my career. 


Anyway, I think that's all.  I kind of course left the thing in the car.  I could write it around here.  I think I ‑‑ people have made such wonderful speeches.  But the lovely thing I think about a film like CRUELLA is it does bring a bit of fun and joy in these terrible times, which others have mentioned.  But, you know, it ‑‑ it was great to do.  

Thank you to the Academy.  Thank you.

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