At this weekend’s Academy Awards, Jaime Lee Curtis won her first Oscar for her performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once. The film was the most awarded film of the night, taking home the golden statues for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Picture.
In the category for Best Supporting Actress, Curtis was stacked alongside Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Angela Bassett, her Everything Everywhere All at Once co-star Stephanie Hsu, The Banshees of Inisherin actor Kerry Condon and The Whale actor Hong Chau. It was a tight race between Curtis, who had won the SAG award, and Bassett, who had won the Golden Globe.
When taking the stage, Curtis immediately recognized everything her career and win stood for. “I know it looks like I’m standing up here by myself but I am not, I am hundreds of people. I’m hundreds of people…To all the people who have supported the genre movies that I’ve made for these years, the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, we just won an Oscar together!,” she said.
Jaime Lee Curtis made her feature film debut in John Carpenter’s 1967 horror classic Halloween. She has since gone on to star in six of the film’s sequels, as well as other iconic comedic roles in Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, Christmas With The Kranks, Freaky Friday, and Knives Out.
Despite joking acknowledging her role as a “nepo baby,” Curtis recognized her parents, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh, saying, “And to my mother and my father, who were both nominated for Oscars in different categories — I just won an Oscar!”
You can watch Curtis’s acceptance speech here:
And click here for a recap of the night’s winners.