Da’Vine Joy Randolph secured the Supporting Actress award for her standout performance in The Holdovers. The actress has swiftly risen to prominence, earning recognition for her poignant and humorous portrayal of Helen in the 1970s-themed drama.
Randolph’s role as Mary Lamb, the school prep cook grappling with the loss of her son, captivated audiences and critics alike. Her dynamic on-screen chemistry with co-stars Paul Giamatti and Dominic Sessa contributed to the film’s success, crafting Mary as a character barred from opportunity yet brimming with talent and a yearning for community.
Presented with the award by esteemed actors Angela Bassett and Jared Leto, Randolph expressed her gratitude to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and acclaimed director Alexander Payne. She specifically thanked Payne for providing her with the opportunity to embody the complex and flawed character of Mary Lamb.
“Alexander Payne, thank you for giving me the opportunity to portray this beautiful and flawed woman,” she remarked during her acceptance speech.
Randolph went on to extend her appreciation to her co-stars, acknowledging their impact on her as an artist. She described working with Giamatti and Sessa as a dream and expressed gratitude for the growth it brought to her craft.
“Paul and Dominic, you have been an absolute dream to work with. And I thank you for making me a better artist because of it,” she acknowledged.
The actress also conveyed her thanks to the character of Mary Lamb, recognizing the profound impact it had on her personally and professionally.
“Mary, you have changed my life. You have made me feel seen in so many ways that I have never imagined. I hope I helped you all find your inner Mary because there is a little bit of her in all of us,” Randolph stated.