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Tiffany Haddish Delivered An Iconic Acceptance Speech After She Won An Award For "Girls Trip"

2017's comedic breakout star delivered a funny and moving speech at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards Wednesday night.

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At Wednesday night's New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Girls Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish captivated an audience of her peers with a hilarious and moving speech after she accepted the award for best supporting actress.

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Haddish's much-talked-about performance in Girls Trip, the highest grossing comedy of 2017, has been praised by many, although the actor was snubbed for a Golden Globe nomination, disappointing fans.

Here's the full speech, but we also picked out some of the best bits below.

1. Haddish began her speech with a reference to the now-infamous grapefruit scene from Girls Trip and checked to make sure her name was properly spelled on her award (and it was), all while sipping on a cocktail she called the "Tiffnicity-tini."

"It's delicious. I had two, and I do feel like magic," she said.


2. She compared herself to a many-armed statue of a goddess that was situated right behind her, saying, "All night I’ve been staring at this bitch — I’m trying to figure out who is this bitch?"

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"I look at her and I feel like I'm looking at myself, like she's taking a nap, but she's doing a lot of stuff, all at the same time," Haddish joked. "I’m sleep, but I’m woke."

3. Like most people, Haddish is smitten for Michael B. Jordan, so she used her speech to give him a shout-out.

"She's holding on to some seeds or a pinecone," Haddish said, referring to the statue, "which means she's trying to produce and create — and that's exactly what I'm tryna do. I'm not trying to get pregnant yet, Michael."

4. Haddish talked about her journey to where she is now, from starting stand-up comedy at 15 years old to appearing in Keanu, written by Jordan Peele, in 2016.

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Haddish said she embraces everyone on the set of a film: "When I work with people, I work with everybody. From the person that's working the camera, to the person that's running the water, to the person that's putting the clothes on me, to the person that's combing my hair, my makeup, the person that's like, 'You gotta sign these papers.' I hang out with everybody, because all of y'all make my money come through."

5. She thanked critics, but said that she doesn't read reviews because she's super sensitive. "That's just who I am."

Haddish said that even if critics talk unfavorably about her in the future, she'd be all right with it because it means that, on some level, they care.

"So, if you said something, thank you. I don't care if it's positive or negative, I appreciate it."

Becoming teary-eyed, Haddish said, "Cause it's been so many years nobody saw me ... To be able to be this example to so many youth — there's so many people like me that you guys have no clue about, but they comin' 'cause I kicked the fucking door open."

6. "Stop holding back your truth, speak your truth," Haddish said. "Be yourself: It's the healthiest way to be."

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"Be who you are, speak who you are. If don't nobody like it, there's 10 other people that do," she said.

7. And finally, at one point during the night, Haddish received director Paul Thomas Anderson's phone number via actor Lesley Manville.

Lesley Manville, accepting the NYFCC best screenplay award on behalf of PTA for PHANTOM THREAD, reads a message fro…

#HaddishAnderson 2020, right?!

Michael Blackmon is an entertainment writer with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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