Jamie Lee Curtis says she will refer to Oscars statue as 'they/them' in honor of transgender daughter
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Jamie Lee Curtis has won the first Academy Award of her career, moving her off the list of actors who should definitely have won an Oscar but somehow haven't.
Picking up the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once, which was the big winner of this year's Oscars, she has spoken about how much the accolade means to her.
The movie picked up a whole slew of awards, including Best Picture, and has ended up becoming the most awarded film of all time.
In the film she played Deirdre Beaubeirdre and picked up an Oscar for it, the first nomination and win of the 64-year-old's glittering career on the big screen.
Her win was met with a standing ovation and she took the chance to thank the cast and crew who helped make the movie, as well as her friends, family and all the fans who had supported her over her career.
Speaking to TODAY about her incredible win, an emotional Curtis appeared on camera hugging her Oscar and saying she had named the statue a 'they/them' in honor of her daughter.
In 2021 Curtis had announced that her daughter Ruby was transgender and explained how seeing her daughter's transition had helped her understand that her life was a 'constant metamorphosis'.
In her appearance on TODAY the movie star was in tears as she watched back footage of her win and was asked by presenters Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb: "Have we named her?"
She said: "Here they are, I'm in support of my daughter Ruby I'm having them be a they/them, I'm gonna just call them them, they/them.
"They are doing great, they're settling in, and I just, in my life I never thought in a million years I would have this couple of days. I'm very moved by the whole thing."
Curtis has previously spoken about degendering the awards categories at the Oscars and said she wanted to 'see a lot more women be nominated so that there's gender parity'.
The movie star said she did have some concerns that degendering awards could 'diminish the opportunities for more women'.
Some awards ceremonies which have done away with male and female categories have ended up with only men being nominated, as the BRIT awards did this year with their gender neutral Artist of the Year category only for all five nominees to be men.
Curtis said she wanted to see ' just f***ing more women anywhere, anytime, all at once', and people approved of her comments as they said 'she ate with that answer' - that apparently means something good.
She also spoke about the need for the film industry to be inclusive towards people who are non-binary or transgender, questioning how you include them when the awards are often divided into 'binary choices'.