Best Actress Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy

  • Best Actress Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy

    BEST ACTRESS MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

    Rosamund Pike ‑‑ “I Care a Lot”

    Acceptance Speech:

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  Oh, my gosh.  Oh, my gosh.  Whoa.  Ladies, I salute you.  Wow.  I ‑‑ wow.  I bet it looks like I care a lot, and I do.  I do.  I care a lot.  Wow.

    HFPA, thank you, thank you, thank you for recognizing, I suppose, the dark side of comedy.

    My fellow nominees, I am so honored to be in this room with you.  I mean, in my movie, I had to swim up from a sinking car.  I think I still would rather do that than have been in a room with Rudy Giuliani.  Maria, I salute your brilliance and your bravery.

    J Blakeson was my director, my collaborator, my partner in crime.  It was from his ‑‑ the corridors of his mind that this character sprang.  Thank you for the words.  Thank you for Marla.  And the cast, Eiza, my wife, I love you.  Peter Dinklage, what an honor.  Dianne Wiest, it was maybe a career high to be in your chokehold.  Chris Messina, thank you to you and your suits.  And Netflix, thank you for giving us an audience.  And finally, maybe I just have to thank America’s broken legal system for making it possible to make stories like this.  Thank you, thank you.

    Backstage Interview:

    QUESTION:  Rosamund, congratulations.

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  Thank you, Rachel.  Thank you.  I mean, it is extraordinary.  Extraordinary to be all dressed up in a hotel room on your own.

    QUESTION:  That’s exactly what I want to talk about.

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  All dressed up and nowhere to go.

    QUESTION:  You look beautiful.  Everyone’s been talking about your dress.  You have to give me a breakdown of your dress and your fashion because you look stunning, absolutely stunning.

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  Well, you know, I did have some more sensible options, and then I thought, this is a — this is an outlying year that calls for outlying options.  You have got to express what it feels like to be all dressed up with nowhere to go.  And this dress just felt like, whatever happened, I would have fun, and I’d find something to laugh about, smile about.  And I’d float down a corridor within a deserted hotel and find something fun in that, like a pink ghost.

    QUESTION:  Hey, Rosamund, congratulations.  The viewership on this film has been — can you hear me?

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  Yes, yes, I can.

    QUESTION:  The viewership on the film has been staggering around the world, and I am just curious, in Toronto, when this was acquired, if anyone else had released it, do you think it would have had this kind of audience?  And I am just thinking about the parallels people have drawn to “Gone Girl” and your character there.

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  You know what, Matt, the audience this film has got over opening weekend has been the closest thing I have experienced to the appetite that surrounded “Gone Girl.”  And it’s been so exciting to hear people pass memes back and forth, quote lines, steal shots from the film and post them all over the Internet and talk about it, and also obviously the way it’s reopened the conversation about conservatorship.

    We are obviously delivering a comedy, dark, unsavory and delicious, but we are hopefully giving you that, something to indulge in and enjoy and also something to get angry about.  I think we delivered two punches, really, with this, and it is an important conversation.

    It is amazing, even in these lockdown times, the way that the audience has felt connected through conversation has been about as close as you could hope for outside of the cinema.  It’s been quite extraordinary, actually.

    The parallels with “Gone Girl,” well, in that respect, because I mentioned already, that’s been magnificent.  Maybe the connection is me, because I think Marla and Amy are very different women.  Marla is a much sort of scrappier street fighter, she’s just dressed up in designer clothing.

    But I do see what people respond to is they’re appalled at what they are actually doing and yet being so disinclined to switch off from them because there’s something so compelling about the ingenuity of their plans.  I think that’s the singularity.  It is probably what drew me to both characters, frankly.  Because when I am appalled and yet equally amazed at the audacity, I lean in.

    QUESTION:  Hi, congratulations.  My question is —

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  I didn’t hear.  Where were you from, which outlet?

    QUESTION:  BuzzFeed.

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  Oh, BuzzFeed, great.  Thanks.

    And my question is that you’ve become kind of a lesbian icon online, particularly on Twitter, for your rubble.  I am wondering whether you have seen this fan reaction, if you’ve seen the memes, and what you think about it.

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  I am honored by it.  I am delighted by it.  I am savoring every minute of it.  Because, goodness me, it’s — to be accepted, isn’t that what we all want?  And for Marla and Fran to be accepted in the public imagination, then that is just magnificent.

    And I’ll tell you what, Eiza González was the first person to call me right after I made my speech, she was the first one off the buzzer with the FaceTime, my wife.  We got so close.  And what a wonderful thing, the fun we have been having with Marla and Fran, that’s another thing.

    We made this movie, yes.  Of course it is a serious subject, but we are telling it in a deliciously unsavory way.  We will make you delight in it and get angry about it.  That’s kind of like a double punch.  That’s what we aim for.  It is exciting.  It is the closest thing to feeling the reaction of the audience in the theater, actually, and it’s been quite incredible.

    QUESTION:  Hi.  First of all, congratulations on tonight.

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  Thank you.  I mean, yeah, good, talk, because I can’t.

    QUESTION:  So I guess I wanted to get, what was your first reaction when you read this script?  Could you see where it was going?  And also, how much fun was it to spar with the great Dianne Wiest?

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  I did not know where the script was going when I read it, but each page had me thinking, no, but she — no, but she can’t, but she is, but she’s not, no, she’s going to, every page.  I thought, this is just fantastic material.  I mean, the audacity, how deplorable and how so utterly watchable.  I was completely — I just thought this was the most fantastic character I read in ages.

    When J Blakeson told me that Dianne Wiest had signed on to play Jennifer Peterson, I couldn’t believe it.  Dianne is so unexpected in the choices she makes.  She doesn’t make it easy to take advantage of her, I can tell you that.  She doesn’t make easy prey, because of course she’s not, and she surprised me with every single choice she made.  There is this charming, smiling, gorgeous woman that we have known from so many movies, and now here she is with this dark — this dark, wonderful kind of undertone in this picture.  I loved it.

    Are you still there?

    QUESTION:  Congratulations.  I think you realize that you —

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  Thank you.

    QUESTION:  You won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.  Does it feel that way when you think of the movie?

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  It does.  It does.  Because I think if we delivered this story about this subject matter in a way that tugged at the heartstrings and told the story from the victim’s point of view, it would have been unbearably difficult to watch.

    So writer-director J Blakeson took this, you know, terrible subject matter and flipped it and thought, well, how can I make it a kind of comic story in ambition.  So yes, we go on this fun, seductive ride, which is fun and funny, but we also get to get angry at the same time.  So he kind of delivered both things, I think.

    I mean, I had fun making the movie because Marla is so unexpected.  She’s so tenacious.  She does things, you know, I felt we were always floating an inch above reality.  I think that’s where the best comedy lies, in my mind.

    I should say — sorry, I should say an answer, if you can still record this for that previous question, I am utterly open to the debate as to whether this is a comedy or not.  What’s a movie unless there’s disagreement about it?

    Hello.  You are actually in LA at the Globes, or have you got a virtual background?

    QUESTION:  It is fake.

    I just want to know, was tonight’s win a total surprise for you and how will you be celebrating?

    ROSAMUND PIKE:  Tonight’s win is a total surprise.  I have given up drinking for Lent, which I do every year.  So there will be no champagne until the 4th of April, which is a shame, I have to admit, because it would be nice to toast it and to toast my fellow nominees and to toast my cast.  You don’t win in a vacuum, do you?  You win because you have got great support.  You can’t do it.  Marla is who she is because of who I had to play off.

    I tell you, had we been able to be in LA, I would have taken as many of those cast members with me tonight as I could have done, and yeah, we would have torn up the town afterwards, I think, I feel sure.

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