Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Crying Richard E. Grant wins

Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Richard E. Grant breaks down as he receives Best Supporting Male award from Glenn Close and dedicates gong to AIDS sufferers in heartfelt speech

He is tipped for an Academy Award at the upcoming dazzling Oscars ceremony.

And Richard E. Grant started crying when he was named the Best Supporting Male at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California on Saturday. 

The grinning actor, 61, gave Glenn Close a heartwarming bear hug when the Fatal Attraction actress presented the award to him.

Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Richard E. Grant broke down in tears as he received Best Supporting Male award (and a hug!) from Glenn Close on Saturday… ahead of Oscars buzz

Richard was bestowed with the Best Supporting Male title for his part to play as Jack Hock in Can You Forgive Me?   

Can You Forgive Me? lays out the true story of celebrity biography Lee Israel who spins stories and lies when her work falls out of favour with the public.


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American actress Melissa McCarthy transforms into the A-list biographer while Richard plays her loyal friend Jack.

During his heartfelt speech, screen star Richard dedicated his award to a number of actors, including Chariots of Fire’s Ian Charleson, who died of AIDS at the age of 40 in 1990.

Brilliant man! Richard was bestowed with the Best Supporting Male title for his part to play as Jack Hock in Can You Forgive Me?

What a treat! The grinning actor, 61, gave Glenn Close a heartwarming bear hug when the Fatal Attraction actress presented the award to him

Richard – whose character Jack suffers from the disease in the film – said: ‘The person that most inspired my performance was an actor called Ian Charleson, who played the lead role in Chariots of Fire in 1981.

‘He died of AIDS at the age of 40 in 1990 and this movie is an homage to that generation of men that were wiped out by that disease.’

Attempting to hold back his tears, the actor went on: ‘I know I have to be really quick but I feel absolutely astonished and emotional about this, thank you very much.

‘I spent my whole career in indie films and there’s six actors who I want to dedicate this film to. The first one is Daniel Day-Lewis, who passed on the role 33 years ago, which is why I’m here now.’ 

Happy: The Fatal Attraction star looked more than delighted to announce Richard had won the Independent Spirit Award

Fabulous: Recently, Richard revealed getting an Oscar nomination for his part as Jack in Can You Forgive Me? was one of the ‘best days’ of his life

Passionate: During his heartfelt speech, screen star Richard dedicated his award to a number of actors, including Chariots of Fire star Ian Charleson

Tragic: Ian (main, pictured in Chariots of Fire in 1981) died of AIDS at the age of 40 in 1990

‘Sam Rockwell was cast in this role eight years, but the movie never happened. Chris O’Dowd was subsequently cast and that movie never happened. I got the third chance.’

Gushing over his co-stars, Richard added: ‘Mario Heller, actor-turned-director, directed us so compassionately and completely. Melissa McCarthy, who treads that tightrope of heartbreak and hilarity like very few of us can and was the best partner in crime you could ever wish for.

‘This award is also dedicated to Fox Searchlight and Nicole Wilcox who looked after us.

‘And finally, my wife, partner and lover of 35 years and my daughter Olivia, this is ours and this is yours’, he ended.

Pleased: ‘I know I have to be really quick but I feel absolutely astonished and emotional about this, thank you very much’, the actor enthused

From the glittering ceremony, Richard voiced how ‘utterly overwhelmed’ he was having won a Independent Spirit Award.

The Logan star hailed his co-star Melissa as his ‘partner in crime’ when he thanked his pals in a touching note penned to his 51,100,000 followers.  

He wrote: ‘Utterly overwhelmed to have won an Independent Spirit Award. I am indebted to so many people, our wonderful director @mariellestilesheller the best partner in crime @melissamccarthy our producers Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas who saw the film through so many incarnations, the writers Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, @foxsearchlight and our cast and crew.’

Family man: ‘My wife, partner and lover of 35 years and my daughter Olivia (pictured), this is ours and this is yours’, the actor said during his speech

Recently, Richard revealed getting an Oscar nomination for his part as Jack in Can You Forgive Me? was one of the ‘best days’ of his life. 

Recalling the out of this world moment, the actor reminisced how he and his daughter Olivia broke down in tears when receiving the news while at lunch. 

He told The Mirror: ‘One of the best days of my life was the day I got Oscar-nominated. I never experienced anything like it. It felt like I had been rocketed to Mars.

‘I was with my daughter and we had just finished having lunch and she had the live feed on her iPhone. We had earpieces in. We both burst into tears.’

Good news! From the glittering ceremony, Richard voiced how ‘utterly overwhelmed’ he was having won a Independent Spirit Award

Excited: On Thursday, he uploaded a sweet snap alongside Olivia as they got cosy on a plane to America

Sweet: Richard also shared a snap of his invitation for the grand ceremony

 

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