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The 35-year-old actress, writer and director – who played Nurse Patsy Mount in the beloved BBC period drama between 2013 and 2017 – became the first woman 

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The actress, writer and director was also nominated for Best Director.

Former Call the Midwife star Emerald Fennell has won her first Oscar, after receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for her acclaimed feature debut Promising Young Woman.

The 35-year-old actress, writer and director – who played Nurse Patsy Mount in the beloved BBC period drama between 2013 and 2017 – became the first woman to win the award in 13 years. It was previously won by Diablo Cody for Juno.

Fennell was also nominated for Best Director, and Best Picture for her powerful black comedy revenge thriller starring Carey Mulligan, who was Oscar-nominated for her performance in the film.

She also confirmed that she was expecting her second child with her husband Chris Vernon. The couple welcomed their first child in 2019, just after Fennell finished shooting Promising Young Woman.

Upon accepting her award from Oscar-winner Regina King, Fennell exclaimed: “He’s so heavy and so cold…”

“They said write a speech and I didn’t because I didn’t think this would happen,” she continued. “I’m going to be in trouble with Steven Soderbergh [Oscar-winning director, Oscar producer], I’m so sorry… The only speech I ever wrote was when I was 10 – it mainly thanks Morris from Saved by the Bell. Unfortunately he hasn’t been as much of my life as I’d hope.

“I’m trying very hard not to cry, which is difficult as an English person, we don’t cry ever… I want to thank Carey Mulligan for being not only the most talented person in the world, but also the kindest and funniest.”

After thanking her mother and father, jewellery designers for Theo Fennell, her sister, fashion designer Coco, and husband Chris, she then joked about the arrival of her son, who she welcomed just after she finished making the film. “[Thank you] Our son, who did not arrive until a couple of weeks after shooting, thank God, I crossed my legs all the way through. Steven – I hope that was alright.”

The star, who also plays Camilla Parker-Bowles in The Crown and directed season two of Killing Eve, looked elegant in a ruffled pink and green Gucci gown.

The Oscars was held in person for nominees and presenters in LA.

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Los Angeles' Union Station provided the new backdrop as actor Regina King opened the ceremonies for the 93rd Academy Awards

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King assured the audience

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Los Angeles’ Union Station provided the new backdrop as actor Regina King opened the ceremonies for the 93rd Academy Awards. King assured the audience that everyone had been “tested and re-tested,” and that while masks may be off on-camera, they were on off-camera.

King alluded to the recent Derek Chauvin conviction, saying that if things had gone differently, “I might’ve traded in my heels for marching boots.”

But things continued somewhat normally as King introduced the nominees for Best Original Screenplay, ultimately giving the award to Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman.

Fennell, who was pregnant during the shooting thanked her child, “who did not arrive until a couple of weeks after shooting because I kept my legs crossed the whole way through.”

Promising Young Woman is a revenge story of sorts as the anti-hero Cassie, played by Carey Mulligan, forces men to fess up to their past misdeeds. Fennell told NPR last year that she was drawing from different genres:

“I think I really set out to write and make a revenge movie that felt like it had all the pleasures of the genre, but also it was coming from a real woman,” she said. “So really wanted it to be kind of an examination of real female rage. And I think life does feel like a romantic comedy when you fall in love. And it does feel like a horror film when things go wrong. And if you’re as damaged and traumatized someone like Cassie is, then it also feels like a thriller drama.”

– April 26, 2021
Emerald Fennell Call the Midwife39;s wins Oscar for Best Screenplay
Anthony Hopkins, The Father, Chadwick Boseman