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Emma Stone Wins Her Second Oscar For Best Lead Actress For “Poor Things”

Emma Stone, who portrayed Bella Baxter in “Poor Things,” won the Academy Award for best actress on Sunday.

“The females in this group… In her award speech, Stone stated, “I share this with you,” while crying. “I’m so proud of you, and working on this with you has been such an honour.”

She also acknowledged the work that the entire cast and crew had put into making the movie by thanking Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of the picture, and them individually.

At the conclusion of her statement, Stone remarked in a raspy voice that she was going to celebrate her daughter’s third birthday.

The host of the show, Jimmy Kimmel, returned to the stage immediately after her win and joked about “Envelopegate,” a reference to the 2017 Oscars best picture envelope mix-up between “La La Land” and “Moonlight.”

After taking home the trophy for best actress in a starring role in 2017 for “La La Land,” Stone is now in her second Oscar ceremony.

Previous winners of the Oscar for best lead actress, including Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Yeoh, Sally Field, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Lange, took the stage to give the prize. Before Yeoh announced Stone as the winner, each of the current nominees gave a moving statement.

In “Poor Things,” Stone portrays a childlike mother whose unborn child’s brain is used to reanimate her by a crazy professor-type. This year, the strange and fantastical movie received 11 nominations for the Oscars, including best picture, best director for Lanthimos, best supporting actor for Mark Ruffalo, adapted screenplay, cinematography, and production design. In the end, the film won four prizes in total.

Stone and Lanthimos previously worked together on a 2022 short film and the Oscar-winning 2018 blockbuster “The Favourite.” They are collaborating on at least two upcoming projects, one of which is called “Kinds of Kindness” and co-stars Hunter Schafer of “Euphoria” and Margaret Qualley.

Stone faced off against Lily Gladstone for “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Annette Bening for “Nyad,” Sandra Hüller for “Anatomy of a Fall,” and Carey Mulligan for “Maestro” in the 2024 lead actress competition.

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