Oscars 2020: Renee Zellweger wins Best Actress for 'Judy', dedicates award to Judy Garland calling her a hero
This is Zellweger's second Oscar win, having won the award for the Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for 'Cold Mountain'
Renee Zellweger has bagged the Oscar for Best Actress at the 92nd Academy Awards. The ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 9. The actor won the prestigious award for her stellar performance in the Judy Garland biopic 'Judy'. The award was presented by 'Bohemian Rhapsody' star Rami Malek.
This is Zellweger's second Oscar win, having won the award for the Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for 'Cold Mountain'. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in 'Judy', winning all three.
Interestingly enough, Judy Garland never won an Oscar, though she was nominated twice and honored once as a juvenile actor.
Zellweger dedicated the award to Garland in her acceptance speech, saying "our heroes unite us" across the boundaries of race, gender, and culture.
She also said it's an honor to have been considered alongside all the other nominees. Zellweger also thanked the cast and crew of the movie, among others.
Charlize Theron ('Bombshell'), Cynthia Erivo ('Harriet'), Saoirse Ronan ('Little Women') and Scarlett Johansson ('Marriage Story') were also nominated for the award.
In 'Judy', Zellweger plays the legendary Judy Garland, a woman whose work has truly dazzled the audience for generations. The movie focuses on Garland's final years as a stage actor in the UK.
The film also stars Richard Cordery, John Dagleish, Finn Wittrock, Bella Ramsey, and Michael Gambon in leading roles.
'Judy' was released in theaters on September 27, 2019, in the US and had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019.