Seven-year-old Brooklynn Prince won the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Young Actor/Actress, for her role in the critically acclaimed film The Florida Project, on Thursday night. (In the drama, Prince plays Moonee, the mischievous six-year-old daughter of Halley, a single mother on welfare, living in a strip motel in Orlando, Florida, right beside Disneyland.)
The young actress stole everyone’s hearts from the moment she started making her way to the stage, taking deep breaths to try and get her happy tears under control.
In her touching acceptance speech, she adorably thanked her family: “You are my team,” before highlighting the big issues of the film: poverty and homelessness. “I would like to dedicate this award to all the Halleys and Moonees out there; guys this is a real problem—you need to go out there and help,” said Prince.
And she also made sure to not leave out her fellow nominees, by inviting them for ice cream after the show.
If you’re having a bad day, this rising star’s speech will definitely make you smile—but not before it gives you a good old morning cry.
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