Due to the writers’ strike, last night’s Golden Globe Awards were announced in a press conference with no nominees present–and therefore, no acceptance speeches by the winners. Here is Johnny Depp’s statement thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for naming him Best Actor in a Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy for his performance in SWEENEY TODD, which was also their pick for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
“I would like to thank my beloved friends at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for bestowing such an honor on me. It is a humbling experience, especially in the company of such talent,” Johnny said. “For many years, the HFPA has supported my work, and for that I have always been truly grateful.
“While this is indeed a happy day for me, I am overjoyed at the recognition the film as a whole is receiving. Tim [Burton] is a dear friend and a true artist whose vision and skill inspire us all. He is a genius. Without his unwavering trust and support, I would not be anywhere near where I am today,” said Johnny. “Also, big thanks and respect to Helena [Bonham Carter], whose simply staggering performance as Mrs. Lovett is a wonder to behold.”
Johnny went on to recognize everyone associated with SWEENEY TODD: “I must send a behemoth salute to the wonderful crew and cast of SWEENEY TODD and all at Dreamworks/Paramount and Warner Bros. Pictures.” Then came personal messages of thanks: “In addition, I’d also like to extend my sincere gratitude to, first and foremost, my cherished friend and agent of forever ago, Tracey Jacobs; the extraordinary man and producer, Richard Zanuck; the mastermind Stephen Sondheim; and, of course, my precious family, Vanessa, Lily-Rose, and Jack, for all of their love, support and pure and absolute happiness everyday.”
Johnny concluded, “Overall, I believe it to be a proud achievement for everyone involved, and on behalf of us all, I thank you.”
Many thanks to Theresa and Emma for posting Johnny’s announcement on the Zone’s News & Views forum, and to The Insider for carrying the full text of his remarks. You can read them here: http://tinyurl.com/2wft7e To see a larger version of our photo of Johnny, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton at the London premiere of SWEENEY TODD last week, click here: http://tinyurl.com/3cmo7v It’s not exactly a Golden Globes red carpet pic, but it’s close! –Part-Time Poet