Thank you so much
it’s quite overwhelming
Thank you to the members of the Academy for this honor
My dear friends who are here tonight
for your kind words
To my hero
to the cast of ‘Blood and Honey’
and most of all, to my family
Your support and your guidance make everything that I do possible.
I’m not gonna cry, I promise.
I won’t embarrass you.
You and your brothers and your sisters are my happiness
And there is no a greater honor in this world than being your mom.
I’m very humble to be here tonight among so many extraordinary artists.
She loved film.
She supported any crazy thing I did.
But whenever it had meaning,
she made a point of telling me, ‘That is what film is for’.
And she never had a career as an artist,
she never had the opportunity to
express herself beyond her theater class,
but she wanted more than for herself.
She wanted for Jamie and I
to know what it is to have a life as artists.
And she gave us that chance.
She drove me to every audition,
and she’d wait in the car for hours,
always make me feel really good all the times I didn’t get the job.
And when I did,
我们会高兴得跳来跳去 像个小女生一样 兴奋得尖叫
we would jump up and down and scream and yell like little girls.
She wasn’t really the best critic,
since she never had anything unkind to say,
but she did give me love and confidence
and above all, she was very clear
that nothing would mean anything
if I didn’t live a life of use to others.
And I didn’t know what that meant for a long time.
I came into this business young
and worried about my own experiences and my own pain
and it was only when I began to travel
and look and live beyond my home
that I understand my responsibility to others.
当我遇到战争 饥荒 强奸的幸存者
And when I met survivors of war and famine and rape,
I learned what life is like for most people in this world
and how fortunate I was to have food to eat,
a roof over my head,
a safe place to live
and the joy of having my family safe and healthy.
And I realized how sheltered I had been.
And I was determined never to be that way again.
We are all,
everyone in this room
I have never understood
why some people are lucky enough to be born with the chance that I had,
to have this path in life.
and why across the world,
there is a woman just like me, with the same abilities
and the same desires,
the same work ethic and love for her family,
who would most likely make better films and better speeches.
Only she sits in a refugee camp
and she has no voice.
She worries about what her children will eat,
how to keep them safe,
and if they’ll ever be allowed to return home.
I don’t know why this is my life
and that’s hers.
I don’t understand that
but I will do as my mother asked,
and I will do the best I can with this life, to be of use.
And to stand here today means that I did as she asked.
And if she were alive, she would be very proud.
So thank you for that.