With her Sharp Objects co-star, Amy Adams, wiping away tears in the audience, Patricia Clarkson delivered a characteristically classy acceptance speech after her Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series Or Movie Made for Television.
Showing her southern Gothic roots (at least geographically) that helped her memorably bring to life matriarch Adora Crellin, Clarkson got emotional as she moved beyond the obvious list of thank-yous (Adams, HBO, the Hollywood Foreign Press, etc.) “This really is for my extraordinary mother and father,” the New Orleans-area native said. “I share this with you, mom and dad, in New Orleans. Cheers.”
Clarkson, who also brought plenty of arch wit to the role, showed her dry humor as well during the minute-long speech. After telling Adams, “I owe you so very much,” she added a salute to director Jean-Marc Vallée. “You demanded everything of me except sex, which is exactly how it should be in our industry,” she joked. Vallée played along when NBC zoomed in for the inevitable close-up, pointing at the camera and flashing an amused expression.
Clarkson had been widely expected to win, and most of the smart money has also been on Adams. Her fellow nominees — Alex Borstein for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Penelope Cruz for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Thandie Newton for Westworld and Yvonne Strahovski for The Handmaid’s Tale — had their admirers but Clarkson from an early stage seemed the front-runner.
In 2004, Clarkson was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her supporting role in the film Pieces of April.