At the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Tiffany Haddish had the crowd in stitches as she gave her speech accepting the award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in Girls Trip.
Joking and keeping it real with the audience, Tiffany held her NYFCC-created drink, the “Tiffany Toast,” which was Finlandia grapefruit vodka, yuzu citrus and a hint of pomegranate. Haddish bared it all for those in attendance as she spoke on her childhood, who she should thank for being here and a scene that was cut from Girls Trip for being too insane.
Below are just a few highlights:
On her special cocktail: “The Tiffany special… it’s delicious. I had two, and I do feel like magic.”
On fact checking: “I want to look at the award, and make sure they spelled my name right… [Looks] It’s right.”
On who to thank: “First, I want to thank god, because without god my Mom and Daddy wouldn’t have put their two uglies together and made me.”
On the statue behind her: “All night I’ve been staring at this bitch, I’m trying to figure out who is this bitch?… When I look her I feel like i’m looking at myself, she’s taking a nap but she’s doing a lot of stuff, all at the same time. That’s what my life has been like that last year. I’m asleep, but I’m woke.”
On critics and paying it forward: “…if you say 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 when nobody saw me. When you’re a little kid going through the system you wonder, ‘does anybody even know I’m alive?’ To be able to be this example to so many people like me, that you guys have no clue about, but they’re coming because I keep the f—ing door open.”
On the business: “I think this whole business is about how you feel, what you put out to the world, and how you make other people feel. When you feel good about what you’re doing, in my mind, it makes other people feel good.”
On the critics (again): “I’m thankful for the critics. I’m learning a lot about you guys. The only critics I knew before this were Siskel and Ebert and when they passed I was like ‘Oh well.’”
Afterwards, Tiffany went into how she got the role in Girls Trip (eight crew members from Keanu sent her the script), continued to thank friends and well wishers, gave out life advice and charmed most of the New York film community.
Watch the whole speech below, thanks to Alison Willmore, and please, ladies, don’t try that cut scene on anyone ever!