Jamie Lee Curtis praises 'genre movie' fans as she celebrates first Oscar win

The star of Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda, Trading Places and True Lies has finally won an Oscar

Jamie Lee Curtis, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for
Jamie Lee Curtis, winner of the best supporting actress award for Everything Everywhere All at Once. (AP)

Jamie Lee Curtis won her first Academy Award at the 2023 Oscars and thanked fans of her genre work for their support throughout her movie career.

Curtis, 64, won best supporting actress for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once, 45 years after making her debut in 1978's Halloween.

An emotional Curtis paid tribute to all the special people in her life, shouting “we just won an Oscar”, after collecting the gong.

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The star said: “I know it looks like I am standing up here on my own but I am not. There are hundreds of people and hundreds of people. We just won an Oscar.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24)
Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All At Once. (A24)

“To my family, my beautiful husband, Christopher Guest, my daughters, Annie and Ruby, my sister Kelly – we just won an Oscar.

“To all of the people who have supported the genre movies that I have made for hundreds and hundreds of thousands, we just won an Oscar together.”

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Looking up to the sky, the actress, who was born into Hollywood royalty through parents Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, added: “And my mother and father were both nominated for Oscars in different categories, I just won an Oscar.”

Actor Tony Curtis, actress Janet Leigh and actress Jamie Lee Curtis attend the American Women in Radio & Television - Southern California Chapter's 36th Annual Genii Awards on May 30, 1991 at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh and their daughter Jamie Lee Curtis in 1991. (Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Curtis' career has spanned many genres over the years from horror with Halloween to comedy with films like A Fish Called Wanda and Trading Places, and action in James Cameron's True Lies.

Everything Everywhere All At Once was Curtis' first ever Oscar nomination, but she has previously won a Bafta and two Golden Globes.

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Genre-fare has traditionally been ignored by the Academy Awards, however the sci-fi comedy — which won seven Oscars in total — has broken new ground in a number of categories.

Michelle Yeoh is the first person from an Asian background to be named best actress.

Jamie Lee Curtis holds a knife in a scene from the film 'Halloween', 1978. (Photo by Compass International Pictures/Getty Images)
Jamie Lee Curtis holds a knife in a scene from the film Halloween, 1978. (Compass International Pictures/Getty Images)

Another win came in the category for best director, which went to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. It is only the third time in the history of the Oscars that this award has gone to a pair of directors. Ke Huy Quan becoming the first person from an Asian background to win best supporting actor.

It is the first time in nearly 50 years that the same film has been responsible for three of the four acting awards.

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