An emotional Emma Stone wins Best Actress at the 2024 Oscars

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Emma Stone wins Best Actress at the 2024 OscarsPATRICK T. FALLON - Getty Images

To a standing ovation and raucous applause, Emma Stone took home the prize for Actress in a Leading Role at the 96th Academy Awards.

Stone won for her performance as Bella Baxter in Yorgos Lanthimos’s Poor Things, a Frankenstein-esque tale of a woman who is resurrected by a scientist and reenters the world with the brain of a toddler. Stone has been praised for her performance in the dark comedy, and Poor Things was a big winner at tonight’s ceremony, also taking home awards for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

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Emma Stone accepted the award for her role in quirky drama Poor ThingsPATRICK T. FALLON - Getty Images
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The award was presented by the 2023 winner, Michelle Yeoh, who warmly embraced Stone on stageFrank Micelotta - Getty Images

Stone was visibly shocked when her name was announced by last year’s winner, Michelle Yeoh. Onstage, she expressed her gratitude to the film’s cast and crew and her family.

“The women on this stage, you are all incredible, and the women in this category – Sandra, Annette, Carey, Lily – I share this with you. I’m in awe of you. It has been such an honour to do this all together, and I hope we continue to do more together,” Stone said. “The other night I was panicking, as you can, that maybe something like this could happen, and Yorgos told me: ‘Please take yourself out of it’. And he was right, because it’s not about me. It’s the team that came together to make something better than the sum of its parts. That’s the best part about making movies. It's all of us together.”

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Stone wore mint Louis Vuitton for the awards, with a dramatic peplum reminiscent of her Poor Things characterJeff Kravitz - Getty Images
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Stone celebrated with her husband, fellow actor Dave McCaryMichael Buckner - Getty Images

She also gave her family, including her husband, Dave McCary, and daughter, a shout-out at the end of her speech. “I really just want to thank my family, my mom, my brother, Spencer, my dad, my husband, Dave. I love you so much,” she said. “And most importantly, my daughter, who’s gonna be three in three days and has turned our lives technicolor. I love you bigger than the whole sky, my girl. So thank you so much. Don’t look at the back of my dress. Thank you.”

This year's awards were filled with unexpected moments and excellent red carpet looks.

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