Juliette Binoche on best actress in the English Patient 1997
Lauren Bacall said to me: 'That was my Oscar. You stole my Oscar'
'I was most nervous when I had to present the award for best costume. I remember my heart beating as though I had been sprinting, but afterwards I was very calm.
While they were announcing the nominees for my category, I felt very serene. I didn't realise I had won until my agent tapped me on the elbow, telling me I had to move. He was crying and I was thinking, 'Why?' It felt like a dream.
First of all I wanted to give it to Lauren Bacall, because we were all expecting her to win it [for The Mirror Has Two Faces]. So I said, 'She deserves it,' and I was looking for her in the crowd. I asked, 'Where are you?', and she didn't lift her hand - if she had, I would have given it to her. I thought, 'Well, never mind then, I'll keep it.'
Later, I saw her and she said to me, 'That was my Oscar. You stole my Oscar. I got the Golden Globe, I got the SAG Award, but I wanted this one'. She does have a dry sense of humour, but that was the way she felt: it came from the heart. And I did feel, that after such a big career, they should have given it to her.
I had a hard time finding a place for it when I brought it back home. I didn't know how to deal with it, especially as a mother. I don't want my children to think of me as too important, or a show off. So I keep it in my office. It's simpler.'