Da’Vine Joy Randolph Brings Audience to Tears After Oscar Win: ‘Thank You for Seeing Me’

Da'Vine Joy Randolph accepts the Oscar® for Actress in a Supporting Role during the live ABC telecast of the 96th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 10, 2024. (Credit: Trae Patton ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Da’Vine Joy Randolph picked up an Oscar and brought her fellow nominees to tears.

Randolph received a standing ovation at the Dolby Theatre after winning the best supporting actress trophy for her performance as the heartbroken Mary Lamb in The Holdovers.

After walking on stage, the actress thanked the people who guided her along the way.

“I didn’t think I was supposed to be doing this as a career,” Randolph said through tears. “I started off as a singer. My mother said, ‘Go across that street to the theater department. There’s something for you there.’ I thank my mother for doing that. I thank all the people who have stepped in my path, who have been there for me, ushered me and guided me.”

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Being a curvy Black woman, she told the audience she wasn’t sure she would be accepted in Hollywood.

“I always wanted to be different, but now I realize that I just need to be myself,” she said. “I thank you. I thank you for seeing me.”

The camera cut away and showed fellow supporting actress nominee Jodie Foster, whose eyes were filled with tears. Randolph’s co-star and best actor nominee, Paul Giamatti, had tears streaming down his face.

Randolph continued by mentioning a teacher who believed in her talent early on.

“When I was the only Black girl in class, you saw me and told me I was enough,” she said. “When I told you, ‘I don’t see myself,’ you said, ‘That’s fine. We’re going to forge our own path.’”

The Oscars were held on March 10 in Hollywood. Other winners in the acting categories included Robert Downey Jr., who picked up the best supporting actor trophy for his role in Oppenheimer. Emma Stone won the best actress award for her performance in Poor Things, and Irish performer Cillian Murphy won the best actor award for his role in Oppenheimer.

Below is the full list of Oscar winners from the 96th Annual Academy Awards.

(L-R) Robert Downey, Jr., Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Emma Stone, and Cillian Murphy pose backstage with the Oscar® at Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 10, 2024. (Credit: Mark Von Holden/A.M.P.A.S.)
(L-R) Robert Downey Jr., Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Emma Stone, and Cillian Murphy pose backstage with their Oscars. (Credit: AMPAS)

Best Picture
Oppenheimer
Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan, Producers

Actress in a Leading Role
Emma Stone
Poor Things

Director
Oppenheimer
Christopher Nolan

Actor in a Leading Role
Cillian Murphy
Oppenheimer

Music (Original Song)
“What Was I Made For?” from Barbie
Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Music (Original Score)
Oppenheimer
Ludwig Göransson

Sound
The Zone of Interest
Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn

Live Action Short Film
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Wes Anderson and Steven Rales

Cinematography

Oppenheimer
Hoyte van Hoytema

Documentary Feature Film
20 Days in Mariupol
Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath

Documentary Short Film
The Last Repair Shop
Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

Film Editing

Oppenheimer
Jennifer Lame

Visual Effects
Godzilla Minus One
Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Downey Jr.
Oppenheimer

International Feature Film
The Zone of Interest (UK)

Costume Design
Poor Things
Holly Waddington

Production Design

Poor Things
Production Design: James Price and Shona Heath; Set Decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek

Makeup and Hairstyling
Poor Things
Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
American Fiction
Written for the screen by Cord Jefferson

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Anatomy of a Fall
Screenplay – Justine Triet and Arthur Harari

Animated Feature Film
The Boy and the Heron
Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Animated Short Film
War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko
Dave Mullins and Brad Booker

Actress in a Supporting Role
Da’Vine Joy Randolph
The Holdovers