Her parents, she explained, spent the evening watching the Oscars with friends.
“I told her, `Keep your phone on the coffee table,'” Zellweger said of her mom. But someone was holding Zellweger’s phone and she hadn’t had a chance to call to celebrate her win with her mother.
“She’s waiting,” she said.
The 50-year-old actress came into the end of awards season riding a wave of momentum that included wins at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and Independent Spirit Awards.
Once again, as she has done throughout this season, Zellweger honored Garland’s legacy. Garland’s daughters, Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft, had both said they would not watch the movie.
“This is about wanting to tell that story and celebrate Judy Garland and shine a light on the nuances of the circumstances of her life that people dismiss as tragic,” Zellweger said backstage. “The opportunity to tell a story that challenges that narrative. You can’t know how extraordinary a person is until you know what they struggled with and what they overcome.”
The other nominees for best actress were Cynthia Erivo for “Harriet,” Scarlett Johansson for “Marriage Story,” Saoirse Ronan for “Little Women,” and Charlize Theron for “Bombshell.”
AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.
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