Oscars 2022: Jessica Chastain addresses ‘bigoted’ anti-LGBTQ+ laws in Best Actress win speech
It was almost as if Jessica Chastain was channeling the late Tammy Faye Messner, for whom she won the Best Actress Oscar for playing in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, by addressing suicide and the anti-LGBTQ+ laws currently sweeping the US in her speech at last night’s dramatic ceremony.
Taking to the stage to accept the award (at LAST after 2 previous Best Actress nominations), she said: “Right now we are coming out of difficult times which have been filled with a lot of trauma and isolation. And so many people out there feel hopelessness and alone. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It’s touched many families, it’s touched mine, and often members of the LGBTQ+ community, who often at times feel out of place with their peers.”
Jessica continued: “We’re faced with discriminatory and bigoted legislation, which is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us. There’s violence and hate crimes being perpetuated on innocent civilians all over the world. And in times like this I think of Tammy and her radical acts of love.”
Here is Chastain talking backstage about her Oscar win. You can watch The Eyes of Tammy Faye NOW on Disney+. Jessica’s speech below also.
Jessica Chastain's emotional #Oscar speech:— best of jessica chastain (@bestofchastains) March 28, 2022
"Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It's touched many families, it's touched mine, especially members of the LGBTQ community who often feel out of place with their peers." pic.twitter.com/6RzNYOQmz6