Continuing her meteoric rise to icon status, Tiffany Haddish took the New York Film Critics Circle Awards by storm with an equally heartfelt and hilarious 18-minute(!) acceptance speech.
Her speech meandered from anecdote to spit-fire jokefest, including a few minutes dedicated solely to comparing herself to the Hindu goddess statue on stage next to her. She also talked about the power of being seen as someone who felt invisible for so long and shouted out to her many friends who have been with her for years.
One of her most hilarious lines to the critics’ group came when she discussed her own ignorance about the jobs of critics.
“I’m thankful for you critics,” Haddish said. “I’m learning a lot about you guys. All the critics I’ve ever known before this was Siskel and Ebert. And then when they passed, I was like, ‘Oh, well.’ Who’s the new movie critic TV show? Is there one? Get it together, y’all. You should have a TV show so we know who you guys are.”
According to several tweets from people present, Haddish’s speech was not the only one about her. During an acceptance speech given by Lesley Manville for director Paul Thomas Anderson, Manville read a note from Anderson in which he asked to work with Haddish.
“Tiffany,” Manville read. “I know everyone wants to work with you now, but please, may I cut to the front of the line?”
Manville then read out Anderson’s number, which she was instructed to pass directly to Haddish.
According to tweets from the scene, Haddish also met Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet and the two bonded over their fruit-themed sex scenes in their respective films.
Timothée Chalamet just said “Tiffany, you know grapefruits very well, I know peaches.” RIP ME. sex fruits of 2017 have killed me, gbye. #nyfcc
— e. oliver whitney (@CinemaBite) January 4, 2018