Best actress champ Reese Witherspoon may have topped Hoffman's tribute to his mom with her salute to her whole family: "I'm so blessed to have my family here tonight. My mother and my father and I just want to say thank you so much for being proud of me. It didn't matter if I was just making my bed or making a movie. They never hesitated to say how proud they were of me and that means so very much to a child. So thank you, Mom and Dad. I want to say thank you to my husband and my two wonderful children. You should be going to bed! Thank you so much for loving me and supporting me. I want to say that my grandmother was one of the biggest inspirations of my life. She taught me how to be a real woman, to have strength and self-respect and to never give those things away and those were a lot of qualities I saw in June Carter. People used to ask June how she was doing and she'd say 'I'm just trying to matter!' I know what she means, you know. I'm just trying to matter and live a good life and make work that means something to somebody and you have all made me feel that I might have accomplished that tonight. Thank you all so much for this honor."
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March 5, 2006 | 8:18 pm
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