Wow: An Oscar!

brave wins oscar What am I supposed to DO with that? I’m still kind of stunned. It feels surreal. Don’t get me wrong… I’m thrilled! But… it’s not just getting the Oscar – or the other awards for Brave – that makes me feel so overwhelmed and numb. It’s all of the incredible support and good wishes that I’ve received in the past few weeks. I’m so humbled by all of it – and just… well… stunned.

It’s been crazy! I’ve had people sending me little movies over text that filmed them screaming and dogs barking when Brave won! I’ve had conversations, emails, tweets and Facebook messages telling me their what-they-were-doing-when-Brave-won-the-Oscar-and-how-they-screamed stories from family, friends, acquaintances and strangers alike! And I’m still hearing new ones. It’s absolutely one of the best parts of the entire experience. And the party my husband and friends threw for me the next weekend—there simply aren’t any words for how incredible it’s all been! To have so many people be so excited and happy for Brave and for me…just…I don’t know how to say it other than – it’s really humbling.

And that was all afterwards. The actual night itself, well, it was magical in every way.

The best part of the experience, bar none, was the look on my daughter’s face when they announced “… and the Oscar goes to Brave!” It felt like Emma jumped straight out of her seat and landed facing me – eyes wide with excitement – her back ramrod straight. I couldn’t help but give her a kiss on her cheek. What a night she had—and what joy that gave me.

As for the other awards events, I chose to stay at home with my husband and daughter for the Golden Globes’ ceremony. It was a bittersweet moment, so it was good to get my hugs at home. I flew to London for the BAFTAs, but it was such a quick trip that my family couldn’t join me, so I had no one to share it with, other than the people I met at the dinner afterwards. Although they were truly lovely, it’s not quite the same as family.

Don’t get me wrong on this, either… I was just as thrilled that Brave won those awards, as well!

But the night of the Oscars, it was so special. And when I was fretting over having just one guest ticket, my husband, Kevin Lima, insisted that I take our daughter, Emma, with me. “You should share this with her,” he said “it’s a mother and daughter night!” Having Emma with me that night not only let me share with her one of the most wonderful nights of my life, it allowed me to tell the world how very much she means to me. How lucky can a girl get, married to a guy like that? My only regret (which, by the way, he’ll never let me forget) is that when I accepted the Oscar I was so overwhelmed with the enormity of it all that I thanked him as “my husband,” not “my husband, Kevin Lima.” Oi!

And thanks to all of you, my friends, family, fans, loyal readers of this blog and everyone who watched and enjoyed and supported Brave. You have helped make this girl’s dreams come true.

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