“This honor is not just for me or about me,” Bassett said. “I hope that this moment means that we are taking essential steps toward a future in which seeing and embracing each other’s full humanity, stories, and perspectives is the norm, not the exception. This should be our goal, and always remember that there is room for all of us.”
In Lyttelton’s illustrious career spanning more than four decades, the editor has created films as diverse as “ET the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Body Heat” and “The Accidental Tourist.” Glenn Close presented the award to Littleton. The two first worked together in 1983 on Close’s second film, “The Big Chill.”
Littleton said, “I owe it to all the editors who work hard in the darkness of the editing room, weighing each cut, making infinite choices to create a unique, believable world born of imagination.” “Most of all I want to thank John, my dear Johnny.”
Then came Sater, who in his four decades as founding director of the Sundance Institute has been responsible for shaping the careers of some of Hollywood’s most respected filmmakers: from Quentin Tarantino, Kimberly Pearce and Gina Prince-Bythewood to Taika Waititi, Lulu Wang and Mariel Heller. The directors of the last three Best Picture winners: Daniels (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”), Sian Heder (“CODA”) and Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”), all began their careers at Sundance Labs.
Sater’s son, Michael, was the founder of an entertainment marketing firm that promoted the work of underrepresented voices, and he worked closely with Coogler on the release of “Fruitvale Station”.
But it was Zhao, who was on stage with Coogler to present Saturn’s award, who had the most emotional moment of the night. “Michelle, you are a mother to me. And you’re Ryan’s mom. And you are the mother of so many people sitting in this room,” she said.
“We are very grateful to you,” she added. “Without you we wouldn’t be here. We know you’re hurting. We are so sorry and we know there is nothing we can say that will take away the pain. We want to say and we hope we can say this to you: We are all your children.