Oscar 2021: Emerald Fennell Thanks “Kindest” and “Greatest” Cast and Crew in Best Original Screenplay Speech

Brit Emerald Fennell Thanks “Kindest” and “Greatest” Cast and Crew in Best Original Script Speech


Emerald Fennell
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The writer-director of ‘Promising Young Woman’ recalled that the film was made in just 23 days “by the most incredible people in the world.”

Emerald Fennell accepted the best original screenplay award for Promising Young Woman.

“So, the only speech I ever wrote is when I was 10, and I looked to see if there would be anything useful from it, but unfortunately I only thanked Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell, who was my very supportive husband,” joked Fennell at the podium in front of the socially distanced audience. “Unfortunately, he hasn’t been as much a part of my life as I’d hoped, and so that speech is not that useful.”

Fennell continued, “All I can say is — trying hard not to cry, which is difficult as an English person because we don’t cry ever — this film was made by the most incredible people in the world, who made it in 23 days, and just brought their complete genius and love and humor to it.”

She said at one point, “Lucky chap, focus!” to herself, before continuing her speech. Fennell thanked the film’s producers for “standing behind this film always, and for never giving up.” She went on to thank the cast and crew, “the kindest in the world, and the greatest in the world.”

In winning the award, Fennell beat out Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7.