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David Lynch finally receives an Oscar, gives very David Lynch speech

Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern presented the award at the Governors ceremony

Despite being nominated four times, David Lynch has – unbelievably – never been awarded an Oscar, until now. Last night, at the Governors ceremony, the filmmaker received an honorary award, giving his acceptance speech in under a minute.

“To the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, thank you for this honour,” the Twin Peaks creator said, “and to all the people who helped me along the road. Congratulations to the other honoraries tonight, and everyone have a great night.” Lynch then turned to his Oscar and said: “You have a very interesting face.”

The award was presented by frequent collaborators Kyle MacLachlan – who proudly snapped a pic while the director made his speech – Laura Dern, and Isabella Rossellini. Honoring Lynch at the ceremony, Rossellini discussed how she met the filmmaker and ended up starring in Blue Velvet

“I learned that with David his words are not nearly as important as his reactions,” Rossellini said. “He’s a director whose face conveys exactly that he’s thinking. I learned that when you are in one of his films, you have to let his quiet guide you.”

She continued: “The emotions which David cannot hide are dug out of us actors, and we serve them for his film. Don’t look for straight, linear, simple narrative in David’s films. He dwells much deeper than that – he dwells in a realm of emotion that alludes simple explanation, definitive answer, rationality. He is attracted to mystery and he tries to capture it for his film: the mystery of our emotions, our feelings, our passions, our life.”

Lynch was previously nominated at the Oscars for his films The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive.

Following the return of Twin Peaks in 2017, rumours started to swirl earlier this month that the series was coming back again. Lynch himself hinted at another instalment last year, before MacLachlan, and Deputy Hawk’s Michael Horse left clues about a return on their social media accounts. Now Lynch has finally been awarded his long-deserved Oscar, could he be turning his attention back to Laura Palmer?

Watch the filmmaker’s acceptance speech below.