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Jamie Lee Curtis says she'll call Oscars statue 'they/them' to honour transgender daughter

Dominic Smithers

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Jamie Lee Curtis says she'll call Oscars statue 'they/them' to honour transgender daughter

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Jamie Lee Curtis says she's giving her Oscars statue 'they/them' pronouns, in honour of her trans daughter.

It's been quite a couple of days for the Hollywood legend, having won her first Academy award on Sunday (12 March) night for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once. Here's what she had to say about her win:

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The bonkers sci-fi dramedy saw the Curtis steal the show as the curmudgeon tax inspector Deirdre Beaubeirdre.

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Speaking to the Today show, the 64-year-old said she was over the moon and that she was going to use it to honour her daughter.

Host Savannah Guthrie asked the film star: "Have we named her?"

To which Curtis replied: "In support of my daughter Ruby, I'm having them be a they/them. I'm gonna just call them them. They/them."

She went on: "And they are doing great and they're settling in.

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Jamie Lee Curtis has given her Oscars statue 'they/them' pronouns. Credit: Today/NBC
Jamie Lee Curtis has given her Oscars statue 'they/them' pronouns. Credit: Today/NBC

"In my life, I never thought in a million years, that I would have this couple days. And I'm very, very moved by the whole thing."

But while it's been a long time coming for the Halloween star, not everyone was best pleased with her victory.

Curtis was up against some stiff competition this year, with the likes of Hong Chau (The Whale), co-star Stephanie Hsu, Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin), and Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) also nominated.

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And when Curtis' name was read out, the entire theatre stood up to applaud her.

Well, almost everyone, Bassett remained seated and didn't appear to clap.

I mean, it's understandable, this is the pinnacle of an actor's career, so there's a lot riding on it for them. While she came in for a bit of heat online, I think she deserves to be cut some slack.

Jamie Lee Curtis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Credit: ABC
Jamie Lee Curtis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Credit: ABC
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Accepting her Oscar, Curtis said: “I know it looks like I am standing up here on my own but I am not. There are hundreds of people and hundreds of people.

"We just won an Oscar. To my family, my beautiful husband, Christopher Guest, my daughters, Annie and Ruby, my sister Kelly - we just won an Oscar.

“To all of the people who have supported the genre movie’s that I have made for hundreds and hundreds of thousands, we just won an Oscar together.”

Looking up to the sky, the actor - whose parents were Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh - added: “And my mother and father were both nominated for Oscars in different categories, I just won an Oscar.”

Topics: Oscars, TV And Film, Entertainment

Dominic Smithers
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