RUPERT EVERETT: I don’t know why they asked me to do the talking. But when Harry Weinstein called me up and said we’re making Shakespeare in Love and you’d make a perfect Marlowe, I took on a far away glazed look. And Harvey, I said, I’m born to play Shakespeare. [Laugh] But unfortunately not this season. And thanks to Harvey’s sheer magnetism and subtle power of persuasion I can now say with great pride I am Marlowe.
And I feel very lucky to be involved in such a fantastic movie. So on behalf of the cast: Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Jim Carter, Martin Clunes, Tony Sher, Imelda Staunton, Tom Wilkinson we all thank you, Geoffrey rush sorry. [Laugh]
Um, John Madden for giving each and every one of us the opportunity to have a moment of our own in the film.
To Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard for a fantastic screenplay and Harvey for making the film and for making it such an event.
And to the Screen Actor’s guild, thank you. [Applause]
Thank you. Mamma Mia! Thank you. Now, I never lost.
Because I want to share this with Nick Nolte, Tom Hanks, Joe Fiennes, Ian McKellan. I really learned so much from them that I owe them. This is yours because I learned so much from them. I love you so much…
This is really a pleasure, I don’t know, now, maybe I’ve lost because they’ve asked me to work in the United States with this English…I ‘m really afraid… I married a pregnant woman really… for me so deep because now, now I have to do more…
So typically there is proof, the proof is Nicoletta Braschi that I married. If I was able to marry her, this means I was really a good actor. This is the proof I am a good actor. Cause actors, they are never alone. So when Nicoletta Braschi and the actors come on and shooting with me. Without them I couldn’t act. They are to me this light, this sky. I have to be thankful that I have this prize for my movie, everything.
I am so full of joy that my body is steering everything, every organ in my body is moving in a very bad way and I ca not, I can’t…Full of joy, I don’t deserve so much. Anyway joy delights joy, exuberance is beauty.
It’s wonderful to sit here at same time with Kate Bates and Meryl Streep, who is really wonderful. And I thank everybody. Naturally the Miramax people – the way we make love together. [Laugh]
This prize! And last but not least I would like to pay honor to, to pay tribute to Vincenzo. Its because directors and actors, they are somebody. It’s dreamt for us and he was making this movie with the language for dreams and this is very rare. And we owe to him a lot, so I thank you for this wonderful prize. And with all my energy all my life, all my everything, I kiss you. And, I didn’t deserve this so much. A big kiss to everyone.
I really, Kate I thought you were going to get it. I was positive, I really, I haven’t prepared anything.
Thank you so much. Thank you so much. This is such an honor. To be recognized by my peers and you’ll never know quite what this means to me. There are many people to thank. Starting with Miramax Films, Harvey Weinstein especially. John Madden, the most talented director ever in the history of the whole world. Our extraordinary cast: Simon, Joseph, Judi, Geoffrey and to everybody, the best cast ever. And especially Ben Affleck, my great friend.
I would like to thank my agent, Rick Kurtsman, who took me on when I hadn’t done anything and had such faith in me – thank you so much.
I would like to thank Steven Bain and Harold Brown and Stuart Gellnard.
I would like to dedicate this award to the most beautiful profound actor that I know, my mother, Blythe Danner [Applause] is the reason I wanted to do this. Mommy I love you so much.
Wow, I didn’t expect this. I thought that when they asked me to do the first thing that I lost. Thank you so much, this is such a thrill. It was a dream of my to work with Mike Nichols and that it could have been this role is jus t the icing on the cake.
I’d like to thank all the actors in this room, and there are many.
I’m so excited to get to sit at the same table with Merill Streep.
This is so great. Thank you to my agent, Susan, who is here, Nancy Selder, all of you. Thank you Screen Actors Guild. [Applause]