By BERNICE FOX
Days after winning her first Academy Award, Jamie Lee Curtis finally has let her new Oscar rest.
Understandably proud, she’d been taking it everywhere, including lunch with girlfriends and a photo shoot for the L.A. Times at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Between the Oscar and SAG Award is a small trophy that looks like it’s topped with the handle of a rubber stamp. It says Auditor of the Month and has the name of the fictional IRS character she plays in Everything Everywhere All at Once. That’s the movie for which she’s won the real awards.
When Curtis won her Oscar for supporting actress at Sunday’s ceremony, she made clear that there was a village alongside her.
“I know it looks like I’m standing up here by myself, but I am not. I am hundreds of people. I’m hundreds of people … the entire group of artists who made this movie. We just won an Oscar.”
Her agent, lawyer, publicist and others on her “team” were mentioned next, followed by her personal “team.”
“To my family, my beautiful husband Christopher Guest, our daughters, Annie and Ruby, my sister Kelly: We just won an Oscar.
“To all of the people who have supported the (horror) genre movies that I’ve made for all these years, the thousands and hundreds and thousands of people: We just won an Oscar. Together.”
As she wrapped up her acceptance speech on the Oscars stage, Curtis mentioned her famous parents.
“And my mother and my father were both nominated for Oscars in different categories, I just won an Oscar.”
Her mother, Janet Leigh, was nominated for the 1960 movie, Psycho. Her father, Tony Curtis, was nominated for the 1958 film, The Defiant Ones. Neither won the Oscar.
After her speech, Curtis followed the route most winners take and walked into the press room, full of reporters waiting to ask questions.
When Curtis was asked if she thought her mom and dad were looking down on her and smiling because of the win, she responded “Let me just be honest. I don’t believe in a world where there are a bunch of people looking down on us. I think we are them in our actions, and in our deeds, and in our ideas, and then we build our own and we give them to our children and that’s how the world goes on.
“So I am a product of them … And I know they would be incredibly proud of me, of course.”
There were other Palisadians at the Oscars.
Steven Spielberg was up for several Oscars for The Fabelmans, including best director and best picture. His semi-autobiographical film had seven nominations. Like many other films this time in the best picture category, it came away with none as Everything Everywhere All at Once took many of the honors.
Longtime Palisadian Tom Hanks, who co-starred in best picture nominee Elvis, did not attend. Neither did former Palisadian Tom Cruise, who starred in Top Gun: Maverick, also up for best picture. He was nominated for an Oscar this year for producing the movie.
Two other current and one former Palisades residents took the stage Oscar night.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kate Hudson were presenters. And former Palisadian, Rihanna, sang Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
And three Pacific Palisades residents who passed away within the last year were remembered as part of the In Memoriam segment. While Lenny Kravitz played piano and sang Calling All Angels, the faces of actor Ray Liotta, composer Burt Bacharach and producer Edward R. Pressman appeared on the Oscars stage.