At the 89th Academy Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio announced Emma Stone as the 2017 Oscar winner for Actress in a Leading Role for her captivating performance as Mia in LA LA LAND. This is Stone’s first Oscar win and second nomination. She was previously nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role category for her performance in BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE). The emotional actress first thanked the other nominees in her category, which include Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep. "You are all so extraordinary and I look up to you and I admire you more than I can put into words," said Stone, who then went on to thank her family and friends. "I'm going to hug the hell out of you when the feeling re-enters my body."
Read the transcript of her speech below:
"Thank you so much to the Academy. To the women in this category, Natalie, Isabelle, Meryl, Ruth, you were all so extraordinary and I look up to you and I admire you more than I can put into words. It has been the greatest honor of all to stand along with you. To my mom and my dad and my brother, Spencer, and my soul sister, Chrissie, my whole family, I love you so much. Thank you for everything. To Doug Wald who stood by me all these years, Holly and Michelle and Craig and P.J. And Greta and Bob Cooper, thank you so much and I realize that a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity and so I want to thank Damien Chazelle for the opportunity to be part of a project that was so special and once in a lifetime. I'm so grateful to have been involved in this film and thank you for your faith and your patience and such a wonderful experience. And Ryan Gosling, thank you for making me laugh and for always raising the bar and for being the greatest partner on this crazy adventure. To our whole crew, everyone that put their heart and souls into this film, I -- I'm going to find you all individually, and I'm going to thank you. Along with my friends, who I love so much. I'm going to hug the hell out of you when the feeling re-enters my body. I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do. And this guy is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey and I'm so grateful for that. So thank you so much. Thank you."
In LA LA LAND, Emma Stone plays Mia, an aspiring actress who juggles her love for a jazz pianist with her attempts to find her own path to success. Watch the LA LA LAND trailer below: