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Thank you. Thank you very, very much. All right, first of all, thank you to Alan Ball for writing the screenplay of American Beauty. Thank you to Dan Jenks and Bruce Cohen who produced it with such love and enthusiasm. Thank you Sam Mendes who made us all a family and directed us with such love and freedom. Thank you so much Sam.

Thank you to my fellow actors -- You all look so serious. Okay. Kevin, thank you Kevin Spacey. Thank you very, very much. Peter Gallagher, Mena Suvari, Thora Birch, Chris Cooper, Allison Janey: Thank you so much all of you for your support and your love.

I want to thank my own family: my parents, Grant and Shirley Bening; my brothers and my sister: Brad and Byron and Jane. I want to also thank all of my friends and colleagues from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where I started. My own family: my children, my pride and joy -- Kathlyn and Ben and Isabel; and my husband, Warren Beatty, who is the best!

And just one last thing to all of you actresses out there: Don’t wait to have a baby, do it now. Thank you!