Emma Watson Dedicates Britannia Award to Her Dead Hamster
By Jackie Willis
Emma Watson wins for weirdest awards-show acceptance speech.
The 24-year-old actress won for British Artist of the Year at the Britannia Awards on Thursday night in Los Angeles, and told the story of when she cared for a hamster named Millie while on the set of Harry Potter. When her pet passed away, she recalled that the Potter set decorators made a tiny coffin for her hamster. She then dedicated her award to her dead pet.
"I'm especially honored to be receiving this award from the Bafta LA because the British film industry hasn't just been a workplace for me, it's been the place I've grown up, it's been a surrogate family, really. And a sweet but slightly morbid example of this, is when on the first Harry Potter film, my on-set hamster, Millie, had a heart attack and didn't quite make it," she said. "So the set decorators built a small, mahogany-sized hamster coffin. And it had a velvet lining and a silver plaque on the front which had Millie's name engraved on it."
The bizarre story continued, "Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, you're all very special to me, and your vote of confidence means a lot. And I take it as such a great honor that you're giving me this award tonight. I mean business. Thank you very, very much, and rest in peace, Millie. This one's for you."
This strange speech comes just a few weeks after she gave a memorable message on feminism while on the floor of the UN to launch the new HeForShe initiative, which advocates for total equality without the use of negative rhetoric and for getting men to join the political and social battle.
"We want to end gender inequality," she said. "And to do this, we need everyone involved… We want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change." Check it out, below.