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Da’Vine Joy Randolph, the star of “The Holdovers,” secured yet another accolade at the 2024 BAFTA Awards, clinching the supporting actress trophy.

Her heartfelt portrayal of Mary Lamb, a grieving head cook, has not only earned her critical acclaim but also touched the hearts of audiences worldwide.

In her moving acceptance speech, Randolph expressed her gratitude and humility. “I knew…that Mary was a character that was so much bigger than me,” she said tearfully, clutching her well-deserved award. “She shows us all what is possible when you look beyond your differences and how healing the simple act of empathy can be.”

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Randolph’s words resonated deeply, reminding everyone of the power of storytelling and the importance of empathy. “Telling her story is a responsibility that I do not take lightly,” she added, her voice filled with emotion.

Acknowledging her co-stars and director, Randolph paid tribute to Alexander Payne’s vision and Paul Giamatti’s inspiration. Her heartfelt words to Giamatti left him visibly moved, highlighting the camaraderie and respect among the cast.

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Despite the emotional intensity of the moment, Randolph also injected some humor into her speech, charming the audience with her playful banter with presenter Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Randolph’s continued success throughout the awards season serves as a testament to her talent and the impact of her performance in “The Holdovers.” Her portrayal of Mary Lamb, a character filled with depth and humanity, has left an indelible mark on audiences and critics alike.

As she continues her journey, Randolph’s humility and dedication to her craft shine brightly, inspiring others to embrace the power of empathy and storytelling.

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