Renee Zellweger won the Oscar for Best Lead Actress, it’s her second win ever at the Academy Awards. For her role as a legendary actress and singer Judy Garland in the biopic, Judy Zellweger was a favorite in the race especially considering it was one of her biggest performances after a six-year break from acting before.
The Oscars her work on “Judy” was honored at the Golden Globes the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the BAFTAs.
Zellweger’s Oscar win arrives on the heels of a virtual awards-season sweep, having previously picked up the EE BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, amid myriad other accolades along the way. Her Best Actress Oscar triumph on Sunday night, therefore, came as no surprise among most awards pundits. “Judy” was also nominated for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling at the 2020 Oscars, but lost to “Bombshell.”
Directed by Rupert Goold from a screenplay by Tom Edge based on Peter Quilter’s stage play “End of the Rainbow,” “Judy” has been heralded as something of a comeback for Zellweger since premiering in Colorado at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival. Zellweger has mainly stayed out of the limelight for the past decade, outside of a reprisal of her iconic comic role in “Bridget Jones’s Baby” in 2016, and a recent role on Netflix’s soapy series “What/If.”
After winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama film Zellweger told reporters, “The thing I took away from the film is gratitude the shared experience of it and the celebration of Judy Garland. Her legacy means so much to so many people.”