The 64-year-old said "It looks like I am standing up here by myself, but I'm not. I am hundreds of people," in an impassioned speech.
Jamie Lee Curtis won her first Oscar in her 45-year-long career on Sunday night during the 95th Academy Awards. The 64-year-old won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress beating Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Hong Chau (The Whale), Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) and her Everything Everywhere All at Once costar Stephanie Hsu. According to ET Online, the star won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Everything Everywhere All at Once and was also nominated at the Critics' Choice Awards, the Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards.
Curtis told the audience at Los Angeles's Dolby Theatre that it "looks like I am standing up here by myself, but I'm not. I am hundreds of people, I am hundreds of people." She then went on to address her "dream team," her agents, husband Christopher Guest and their two daughters, Annie and Ruby, the supporters of the "genre movies" she's made, and her late parents, emotionally telling them all, "We just won an Oscar." "To all of the people who have supported the genre movies I have made all these years, the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, we just won an Oscar together!" Curtis continued. "And my mother and my father were both nominated for Oscars in different categories," the Halloween star added. Her mother was actress Janet Leigh, and her father was actor Tony Curtis. "I just won an Oscar," she said with a bow before leaving the stage.
Curtis previously told PEOPLE that she planned on bringing special items to give to her fellow nominees at the ceremony. "I often like to bring all of the nominees in my category a gold shiny ball, which I hand out to everybody, so that [if] you lose — 'cause one out of five is gonna win, four out of five are gonna go home empty-handed — you're not going home empty-handed," she said. "So I have a bag filled with gold round things for all of my people and all of my friends who are nominated and I hadn't thought about myself, and now I have. What a beautiful thing to remind me to bring. And I will," she added.
"I've lost many [acting awards]; I've won a few, but I've lost more than I've won. And it feels s----y; I'm not gonna pretend it doesn't. It's not a great feeling. It's part of the game, part of the dance. It's a competition because it makes TV ratings good. I get all that," she continued. As a first-time Oscars nominee, she said, "I've participated, not as a nominee, but as a presenter, and have been to the big game and part of the circus of it. And it is quite an experience. This is very different."
Curtis also won an outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for the film at the 2023 SAG Awards. During her speech, she admitted she loved her profession and everything that comes with it per The Hollywood Reporter. “I married an actor. I love actors. I love acting. I love the job we get to do. I love being a part of a crew. I love being a part of a cast,” she continued. “I love what we do with each other. It’s such a beautiful job and I know that so many people in our industry who are actors don’t get to do this job and you look at nights like this and think, ‘Is that ever gonna be possible for me?’” " She added, "And I know you look at me and think 'Well, nepo baby, that's why she's there' — and I totally get it." Curtis said, "But the truth of the matter is I'm 64 years old and this is just amazing!"