To the surprise of no one following this awards season, Renée Zellweger took home the Best Actress Oscar last night. It’s her second Oscar win. Her first was for Cold Mountain in 2003, when Billie Eilish was nothin’ but a baby on her momma’s teet.
As someone who watched the Judy trailer over two whole times, I can confidently say Renée deserved the win. And even though Liza Minnelli wasn’t a fan, I think she nailed Judy Garland’s fragility and watery cow eyes. And I think she looked gorgeous in her glittery one-armed white gown. Her speech, on the other hand? Well… it definitely happened.
Here’s a snippet:
This past year, conversations celebrating Judy Garland across generations, across cultures, has been a really cool reminder that our heroes unite us. Now, the best among us who inspire us to find the best in ourselves, when they unite us — when we look to our heroes, we agree and that matters.
And the full video:
"Though Judy Garland did not receive this honor in her time, I am certain that this moment is an extension of the celebration of her legacy."
— ABC News (@ABC) February 10, 2020
I had to re-watch the speech this morning, because last night I had no fucking clue what Renée was talking about. It didn’t help that Joaquin Phoenix had broken my brain mere minutes before. The only thing I got from it was a string of flowery adjectives and random names that clocked in at OVER FOUR MINUTES. If you want to read a full transcription of it, here you go.
The whole speech was like me desperately trying to make the word count in a college essay: “We can all agree that this theory clearly pertains to the idea that a myriad of heroes and their legacies are indeed everywhere, including Serena Williams and the legendary Bob Dylan.”
Renée has always reminded me of a fragile aunt on the brink of another nervous breakdown, so I’m happy she got a win. But lord, her speech really should’ve come with a Xanax, or two, because that’s what we all needed after trying to follow that mess.