Tiffany Haddish gave an 18-minute acceptance speech for her work in “Girls Trip,” because legends only

As if there was any doubt, Tiffany Haddish gave an acceptance speech at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards that ran a full 18 minutes, cementing her status as a total legend, TBH. The star of Girls Trip won the prize for Best Supporting Actress, and clearly was all-in on confirming that she is, indeed, the best. The whole speech was inspirational and hilarious, which is what we’ve come to expect from Tiffany Haddish.

One of the things we loved most in the speech, though, was when she made sure everybody knew she isn’t going anywhere, and that she plans to have a long, fruitful, and diverse career.

"I know I’m going to do a lot of different things in this business. I’m going to be around here a long time. I’m going to be an old lady."

YES, PLEASE. This, then, led to her acknowledging that, although she won this award given by NYFCC, the responses to her work aren’t always positive. But her perspective on the whole “being famous and everybody commenting on every aspect of your life” thing is admirable.

"I know some people in here are going to talk shit about me. It’s O.K. You know why it’s O.K.? Because you care enough to say something. If you didn’t say nothing, then you didn’t care. So if you said something, thank you. I don’t care if it’s positive or negative. I appreciate you; I’m glad you see me. Because it’s been so many years nobody saw me."

She then got really real, and we not only love her sincerity, but love that kids growing up in the foster system might see this speech and be able to see big things in their own futures because of Tiffany Haddish.

"When you’re a little kid going through the [foster-care] system, you wonder, 'Does anybody even know I’m alive?' To be able to be this example to so many youth — there’s so many people like me that you guys have no clue about. But they coming. Because I kicked the fucking door open."

She continued to thank many people, and awe us with her overall greatness — and her commitment to being unapologetically herself.

"So, I’m always going to be me. I'm never going to be perfect, I’m always going to say what I think, and I might be messed up for it, but I don’t care."

Honestly, we’ve never enjoyed an 18-minute acceptance speech more. You go, Tiffany Haddish.

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