Jamie Lee Curtis, 64, could scarcely hold back the tears of pride at the Academy Awards after clinching the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once. Days later, emotions still appear to be running high for the actress as she sobbed during a TV appearance while reliving the special moment.
Jamie joined the Today show on Tuesday morning via video link and revealed that her coveted gong would be a “they” in honour of her transgender daughter.
“Here they are! In support of my daughter Ruby, I’m having them be a they/them,” she announced, while gleefully holding the award close to her face and stroking it affectionately.
“I’m just going to call them ‘them’, they/them. And they are doing great. They are settling in!”
The waterworks began again as the emotional actress viewed her acceptance speech at the ceremony.
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Jamie Lee Curtis opened up in 2021 about her youngest child coming out as transgender.
Speaking to AARP, the actress said that she and her husband, Christopher Guest, had “watched in wonder and pride” as their son “became [their] daughter, Ruby”.
Jamie Lee had previously described herself as a “grateful student” who was learning via her daughter the appropriate words to use for her transition.
In an interview with People magazine in the same year, she admitted she’d already “messed up twice” in one day by getting confused over the gender terminology.
Jamie and Christopher also share an older daughter, Annie, 34, whom they adopted in 1986. The couple then adopted Ruby nine years later.
Backstage on Sunday night shortly after her win, Jamie also told reporters that she was concerned about “gender disparity” in the awards ceremony.
Calling for it to be more inclusive, she mused: “Obviously I would like to see a lot more women be nominated.
“We’re not anywhere near there. And of course, that… involves the bigger question, which is, how do you include everyone when there are binary choices?”
Labelling it “very difficult”, she added: “As the mother of a trans daughter I completely understand that.”
Sam Smith was one of those who successfully campaigned for the BRITs to have gender-neutral award categories, but they later told Sunday Times it was a “shame” that female artists had been snubbed.
On the other hand, Jamie Lee has expressed that she isn’t necessarily ready to see the same happen at the Oscars, as “degendering” the category could lead to fewer opportunities for women, as seen this year in the UK.
“I’m concerned [that it] will diminish the opportunities for more women, which is something I also have been working hard to try to promote,” she continued.
“It’s a complicated question, but I think the most important thing is inclusivity and more women.”
Ruby, who is a Youtube video editor by occupation, has previously been seen by her famous mum’s side at showbiz events.
However, the actress also had another group of people to acknowledge when it came to clinching her Oscar – her devoted friends.
“The truth of the matter is that the people I really wanted to thank – and didn’t – are my friends… who wanted this for me more than I ever, ever would have dreamt of wanting it,” she exclaimed.
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