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Tiffany Haddish Brings the Laughs and the Tears During Epic Acceptance Speech

Tiffany Haddish remained true to her showwoman status when she accepted an award at a film critics gala Wednesday. The “Girls Trip” star won Best Supporting Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle gala and stole the show. Ranging from jokes about how she managed to audition for her breakout 2017 role to moments of gratitude, Twitter users delighted in Haddish’s 18-minute speech.

“I tried to get an audition,” she says Jan. 3. “And my agent is like, ‘Oh, they only want to see names.’ And I said, ‘You tell them I’ve had a name since 1979, and it’s Tiffany motherf—— Haddish. You get me in there.’ And they finally got me in there, and I did a pre-read, and another read, and another read — and finally I got to do the Skype audition for [director] Malcolm [D. Lee], which I thought was crazy as hell because I’m used to Skype sex. So I didn’t know … it worked out good. I didn’t take my shirt off. Nothing inappropriate happened, so good job. That was a great joke; that was the truth.”

But the speech wasn’t all fun and games. Haddish also took a moment to express appreciation for the award and assured there were more actresses like her waiting for their opportunity.

“I know some people in here are going to talk s— about me,” she says. “It’s OK. You know why it’s OK.? Because you care enough to say something. If you didn’t say nothing, then you didn’t care. So if you said something, thank you. I don’t care if it’s positive or negative. I appreciate you; I’m glad you see me. Because it’s been so many years nobody saw me.


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“When you’re a little kid going through the [foster-care] system, you wonder, ‘Does anybody even know I’m alive?’ To be able to be this example to so many youth — there’s [sic] so many people like me that you guys have no clue about. But they coming. Because I kicked the f—— door open.”

The hilarity — and sincerity — had Twitter users bursting with joy.

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