SPEECH BY: Kenneth Branagh
Thank you. Thank you, Academy voters. I thank you my fellow nominees. I salute you. This is an enormous honor for my family. It's a great tribute to an amazing city and fantastic people. I'm only standing here because of the incredible support of Dame Donna Langley, Brian Roberts, Peter Kujawski, fearless leader of Focus Features, Jason Cassidy and their amazing team, Northern Ireland Screen, our brilliant UK cast and crew led by Tamar Thomas, Laura Berwick, Becca Kovacik. This story is the search for joy and hope in the face of violence and lost. We lost some people along the way Johnny Sessions, Jim Dornan, and we'll never forget all of those lost in the heartbreaking, heart-warming, human story of that amazing city of Belfast on the fabulous island of Ireland. This means a lot. Thank you so much. Thank you.