Laure Prouvost’s Turner Prize Acceptance Speech Was Adorable

It included lots of tears and a baby.

During Prouvost’s speech, presenter Saoirse Ronan brought her baby Celeste up on stage and she didn’t know what to do.


Proust is French, but lives and works in London. She told the crowd:

Thank you for adopting me, thank you for having a French one here. I’ve been here so many years and I feel adopted totally now by the UK, thank you.

The 35-year-old won the aware for her film Wantee, which takes the audience in search of her fictional grandfather.

Nominees David Shrigley ©, Lynette Yiadom-Boake ® and Laure Prouvost (L) pose for a photograph in Londonderry. Dan Kitwood / Getty

The film is played in a room styled like a tea party.

Dan Kitwood / Getty

The judges said the piece was “outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment”.

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You can watch her accepting the award here. She told presenter Lauren Laverne her baby would join in the celebrations.

We’ll go dancing. She loves it when it’s noisy.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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