Acceptance Speeches

Hollywood Film Awards (2017)
November 5, 2017
Hollywood Foreign Language Film – First They Killed My Father

Introduction by actress Jacqueline Bisset, who is also her godmother
“Thank you very much, thank you. To the Hollywood Film advisory team, to Ted Sarandos and to Netflix for being so supportive of this film. I’m very proud to be to standing next to this woman. Loung and Rithy and I are very grateful. When Khmer Rouge took over the country, they targeted and tortured artists. The wast majority of them were slaughtered for their voices and for their influence. To be a Cambodian artist for many has really not been very easy. Every single Cambodian crew member was affected by this war. And yet, they stepped forward bravely to tell their story through art. And so for all that the reign did, to destroy art and artists in Cambodia, they failed. So this is for everyone back hom,e in Cambodia. They made this film. This is for them. Loung.”

Followed by Loung Ung’s speech.

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix
Loung Ung, author and producer
Rithy Panh, producer
Michelle Schryer, unknown
Geyer Kosinski, long-time manager, he was fired in 2013 but came back to her life in the end of 2016

James (Jaime) Haven, brother

Kid’s Choice Awards (2015)
March 28, 2015
Favorite Villain – Maleficent

“Thank you so much to all the kids who voted. I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different—and I felt out of place, and too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something, something I hope you all realize. Different is good. When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud. And as your villain, I would also say — cause a little trouble. It’s good for you.”

Academy Governors Awards (2013)
November 16, 2013
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Honored with introductions by actress Gena Rowlands, director George Lucas and the cast of “In the Land of Blood and Honey”

Thank you! Thank you so much! It’s quite overwhelming. Thank you the Academy for this honor, my dear friends who are here tonight. Gena and George, for your kind words. To my hero Louis Zamperini. The cast of “Blood and Honey” and most of all to my family. My love, your support and your guidance makes everything that I do possible. Mad, I’m not going to cry, I promise. I won’t embarrass you. You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness. And there is no greater honor than to be your mom. I’m very humble to be here tonight among so many great artists.

My mother loved art, she loved film. She supported any crazy thing I did, but whenever it had meaning she made a point of telling me, “That is what film is for.” She never had a career as an artist. She never had the opportunity to express herself beyond her theater class. But she wanted, more than for herself, she wanted for Jamie and I, to know what it is to have a life as artists. She gave us that chance. She drove me to every audition and she would wait in the car for hours, always making me feel really good all the times I didn’t get the job. And when I did, we would jump up and down, and scream and yell like little girls.

She wasn’t really the best critic, since she never had anything unkind to say. But she did give me love and confidence. And above all, she was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others. I didn’t know what that meant for a long time.

I came into this business young and worried about my own experiences and my own pain. It was only when I began to travel, and look and live beyond my home that I understood my responsibility to others.

When I met survivors of war and famine and rape, I learned what life is like for most people in this world. And how fortunate I was to have food to eat, a roof over my head, a safe place to live, and the joy of having my family safe and healthy. And I realized how sheltered I had been, and I was determined never to be that way again. We are all, everyone in this room, so fortunate.

I have never understood why some people are lucky enough to be born with the chance that I had, to have this path in life. And why across the world there’s a woman just like me, with the same abilities and the same desires, same work ethic and love for her family, who would most likely make better films, and better speeches - only she sits in a refugee camp. And she has no voice. She worries about what her children will eat, how to keep them safe, and if they’ll ever be allowed to return home.

I don’t know why this is my life and that’s hers. I don’t understand that, but I will do as my mother asked, and I will do the best I can with this life to be of use. And to stand here today means that I did as she asked, and if she were alive she’d be very proud, so thank you for that.

Gena Rowlands, actress and friend
George Lucas, director and friend
Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran, friend and whom the movie Unbroken is based on

James (Jaime) Haven, brother

Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2007)
December 13, 2007
Acting and Activism Award

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Academy Awards (2000)
March 26, 2000
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Girl, Interrupted
“God, I’m surprised no one’s ever fainted up here. Oh, I’m, I’m in shock. And I’m so in love with my brother right now. He just held me and said he loved me. And I know he’s so happy for me. And, thank you for that. And, thank you to Columbia. Winona, you’re amazing. And thank you for supporting all of us through this. And all the girls in this film are amazing. And Whoopie, everybody.

And, and my family for loving me. Janine Schryer and your sister Michelle. Michelle, we love you. Geyer Kosinski, my mom who’s the most brave, beautiful woman I’ve ever known. And my dad, you’re a great actor but you’re a better father. And, uh, Jamie This is, You’re just. I have nothing without you. You’re the most amazing man I’ve ever known and I love you. And thank you so much.”

Winona Ryder, co-star
Whoopie Goldberg, co-star
Janine Schryer, unknown
Michelle Schryer, unknown
Geyer Kosinski, long-time manager, he was fired in 2013 but came back to her life in the end of 2016

James (Jaime) Haven, brother

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
March 12, 2000
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Girl, Interrupted

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I just, uh, I was just reminded of all the other performances when I was up there watching. And I, I, Chloe’s at my table. And she’s so amazing to me, and uh, it always feels funny that we’re all in competition. But, um. I, I, just can’t believe I’m standing here right now in front of everybody. And, and I cant believe that we were able to do this film. And I, I love being an actress so much. And I was able to have this experience where we could be so brave and open with each other. And, and I hope that’s how I can live my life. And I hope that’s how we can all accept each other.

And, uh, and uh. Lisa was and is, she’s alive. And, and, uh, I hope to meet her and I hope she’s okay with this. She’s a beautiful person. And, uh, and I love you just as you are. And I don’t think you need any help. [Nervous laugh.] Because, because I know deep down you just want to be a good person. And so do I. And I just want to thank my family for being so supportive and loving me and being so wonderful. And my friends, Geyer, Janine, and, uh, Michelle. We love you. And, um, my brother and everybody. Sorry I went on. But thank you so much. And it means a lot to me.”

Chloë Sevigny, nominated actress for Boys Don’t Cry
Lisa, the real person she portraits
Geyer Kosinski, long-time manager, he was fired in 2013 but came back to her life in the end of 2016
Janine Schryer, unknown
Michelle Schryer, unknown

Golden Globe Awards (2000)
January 24, 2000
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Girl, Interrupted

“I had to bring my brother, I always wanted him to see. I just, he had to see the view from up here, it’s kind of amazing.

This, this, this means, this means so much tome , because this film means so much to me. And the experience of it, just being, justing being with people and being together and just exposing ourselves to each other and taking care of each other. And really that is what we should be doing every day. And, thank you so much for, for letting me be free and telling me it’s ok.

And Winona, thank you so much, for all your hard work and you’re so brilliant in this film. And, and you should up here with me. Just Colombia Pictures all the producers in it and all the girls in this are just so amazing. Jillian, Clea, Josie, and God the Foreign Press. Thank you, you guys, you are just so kind to me. And, uh, like someone has to be paying you. But, thank you, so much.”

Winona Ryder, co-star
Jillian Armenante, co-star and also Maddox godmother
Clea DuVall, co-star
Josie Gammell, co-star

Golden Globe Awards (1999)
January 24, 1999
Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV – Gia

“‘Maybe I should give it to you?’
‘No no no, Relax!’
‘Oh, thank you so much!’
Is Jack Nicholson here? He will take it!’

Oh God, thank you so much, thanks to everybody at HBO and everyone that worked so hard on this film. Michael, I know how nervous you are now and I love you so much and I trusted you and you made me feel so safe. And you loved her as much as I did.

And Faye, Mercedes and the very beautiful Elizabeth Mitchell who isn’t here now, but I love you.

And Marvin Worth, he is not here with us anymore but he was very wonderful and everyone at the Hollywood Foreign Press, Jenny, Manny, Jonny, Tim, you’re all my friends, everybody that I care about.

My Family, Geyer who said he wouldn’t represent me anymore if I didn’t take this film. My family, who I love so much and mom I know you wanted to be an actress and you gave it up to raise me and thank you. And Jaime, my brother, I love you so much and I have nothing… you’re just… you are my… this is yours! Thank you.”

Michael Cristofer, director as well for Original Sin later
Faye Dunaway, co-star
Mercedes Ruehl, co-star
Jenny, Manny, Jonny, Tim, unknown but staff at Hollywood Foreign Press who votes for which movies should be nominated etc.
Marvin Worth, executive producer
Geyer Kosinski, long-time manager, he was fired in 2013 but came back to her life in the end of 2016

James (Jaime) Haven, brother

Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
March 7, 1999
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries – Gia

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“I just want to thank everybody involved with this production. It’s such an amazing group of people who are now my friends. This film really meant so much to me. It changed me and she meant so much to me.

When I was working I kept wondering what was different about us that make s us go in such different directions. She didn’t have a place to express herself and feel she was sharing and connecting to anybody, and I do. You’ve given me that. And thank you so much. Thank you to everybody because you’re just so amazing to me. All of you, thank you.”

Golden Globe Awards (1998)
January 18, 1998
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV – George Wallace

“Oh, God, I’d like to thank everybody involved with George Wallace, it was such a, I was so priviledged to be part of that film. Gary you’re just brilliant and so brave and so amazing. And John Frankenheimer I wish you were here, I know you are feared by many, and at first I was terrified of you. But you turned out to be the most generous, sweet man and I’m crazy about you. And Mare, I just can’t say enough about you and Clarence and everybody involved and TNT. Guyer Kazinsky thank you, Emily, Hi.

Thank you the Hollywood Foreign Press. And most of all my family. Mom stop crying, stop screaming, it’s ok. Jamie, my brother my best friend I couldn’t do anything without you. I love you so much. Dad, where are you? Hi! I love you. Thank you so much. Thank you.”

Gary Sinise, co-star
John Frankenheimer, director
Mare Winningham, co-star
Clarence Williams III, co-star
Geyer Kosinski, long-time manager, he was fired in 2013 but came back to her life in the end of 2016
Emily, unknown

James (Jaime) Haven, brother