Renée Zellweger wins best actress

Renée Zellweger wins best actress for “Judy”

This was the second Oscar win (and fourth nomination) for Zellweger, who previously won best supporting actress for “Cold Mountain.”

Her speech then began meandering a bit, as she ruminated on the legacy of Judy Garland, saying, “this past year of conversations celebrating Judy Garland across generations and across cultures has been a really cool reminder that our heroes unite us, the best among us who inspire us to find the best in ourselves. When we look to our heroes, we agree. And that matters."

Zellweger then namechecked a number of those “heroes,” everyone from Neil Armstrong to the Williams sisters to Bob Dylan to Harriet Tubman. “When we celebrate our heroes, we're reminded of who we are, as one people, united. And though Judy Garland did not receive this honor in her time, I'm certain this moment … [represents] her legacy of unique exceptionalism and inclusivity and generosity of spirit. It transcends any one of our artistic achievements."

“This is certainly for you,” she concluded.


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