I know that’s saying a lot, especially given Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance and how oft-repeated that phrase is going to be. But the speech was fresh and original from the second sentence: “You’re too old to be standing” and proceeds from there. She says the honour is exacerbated given that it comes from Daniel Day Lewis, then humbly admits that the award is subjective.  

It shouldn’t matter, really. The fact that she uses such bright language shouldn’t be such a banner piece of information. But it is, and she does. I love listening to her speak. I know that every word is carefully considered, that she knows what to say to make her husband feel heard.

I actually have to extract a portion here to highlight. Cate said:

“…those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences..they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”

This is carefully considered. This is making the most of what you want to say, knowing that if you are a public person and you’re granted a microphone (literally or otherwise) you owe it to yourself and to people who care about you not to squander it. I have a lot of respect for that.

The dress, however, Cate’s done better. This seemed like a harmless choice, not a joyful one. A “yes, that’ll do”. Her dress at the Independent Spirit Awards is more the casual, Santa Monica Saturday version of what I thought she would wear – colours and off-centre designs and just a willingness to play. I’m not sure why, in the year they’re most likely to win, the women step away from the showstoppers – but it need not be the case. Bring on the weird, please.