I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all this. I'm just a girl from a
trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen, let alone
be nominated. And a working actor, for that matter. And now, this. I thank the
Academy. I'm eternally grateful for this great honor. I would also like to
acknowledge my fellow nominees, Annette, Imelda, Kate, and Catalina, your work
inspires me beyond words.
I am going to start by thanking my husband
because I'd like to think I learned from past mistakes. Chad, you're my
everything. Thank you for your support. It means the world. I would never be
standing here if it weren't for the -- each and every one of the brilliant
people I had surrounding me, supporting me and believing in me. Tom Rosenberg,
Gary Lucchesi, thank you for sending me this most marvelous script. You will
never know how grateful I am. Paul Haggis, for writing this beautiful script.
Our other producers extraordinaire: Al Ruddy, Clint, Rob Lorenz. Phyllis
Huffman, our casting director. My trainers, Grant Roberts and Hector Roca, you
pushed me further than I ever thought I could push myself up to that last pound,
actually to that last ounce. I thank you. My sparring partners who were so
patient. And everyone at Gleason's.
Well, the ever-amazing Morgan
Freeman. Tom Stern, our cinematographer, you are brilliant. Joel Cox, our
editor, you're amazing. You know? I'm going to thank my mom for believing in me
from the beginning. My dad, for his support. My agents, Josh Lieberman, Tony
Lipp, Kelly Tiffan, John Campisi. Jason Weinberg my manager (You can't do that.
I haven't gotten to Clint yet! I saved him for the end)
Jeff Bernstein, my lawyers. And then Clint. Clint Eastwood. Thank you for
allowing me to go on this journey with you. Thank you for believing in me.
You're my "macushla" Thank you. Warner brothers, as well. And you know what?
Wait! Troy Nankin, my best friend and publicist. Thank you!