Jamie Lee Curtis revealed that she has given her Oscar statue they/them pronouns in support of her transgender daughter, Ruby. Curtis won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing Deirdre Beaubeirdre in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” Following her win, she appeared on “Today” and chatted with Savannah Guthrie about what the statue means to her. When asked if Curtis “named her,” her being the Oscar, the star shared her decision to keep it gender-neutral.
“I’m in support of my daughter Ruby. I’m having them be a they/them,” Curtis explained. “I’m going to just call them ‘them.’ They/them, and they are doing great, they’re settling in, and I just, in my life, I never saw it in a million years that I’d have this couple days, and I’m very moved by the whole thing.”
If you’re not familiar with Curtis’ family life, she and long-term partner Christopher Guest have two daughters, Annie and Ruby. Ruby came out as trans in 2020 and Curtis immediately began to adjust her mindset so she could respect and support her daughter’s identity. Part of that was learning to use the correct they/them pronouns for Ruby.
Jamie Lee Curtis got emotional watching her #Oscars speech for the first time ❤️
She’s talking to @hodakotb and @SavannahGuthrie about the once-in-a-lifetime moment. pic.twitter.com/4qYU3JIFkj
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 14, 2023
“It’s speaking a new language. It’s learning new terminology and words. I am new at it. I am not someone who is pretending to know much about it. And I’m going to blow it, I’m going to make mistakes,” Curtis told People in 2021. “I would like to try to avoid making big mistakes…You slow your speech down a little. You become a little more mindful about what you’re saying. How you’re saying it. You still mess up, I’ve messed up today twice. We’re human.
Jamie Lee Curtis giving her Oscar they/them pronouns might seem silly, but it’s actually beautiful gesture and one that’s also extremely powerful. Curtis went even further after her win, calling for more inclusiveness at the ceremony. This way, no one is left out regardless of their gender identity.
“The bigger question is how do you include everyone when there are binary choices, which is very difficult, and as the mother of a trans daughter, I completely understand that,” Curtis shared, per Variety. “And yet to de-gender the categories, I’m concerned that will diminish the opportunities for more women, which is something I’ve been working hard to promote. The most important thing is inclusivity and more women…basically just more f**king women anywhere, anytime, all at once.”