The press had been particularly cruel to her at the time
In a recent interview, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that her emotional acceptance speech for Best Actress at the 1999 Oscars for her role in “Shakespeare in Love” had a negative impact on her public image.
Paltrow explained that she felt a shift in the public’s perception of her after the awards show, where she sensed a turn from people who had previously supported her.
She attributed the negative backlash to her tears during the acceptance speech and recalled how the British press had been particularly cruel to her at the time. Paltrow acknowledged that she was going through a difficult time as her father was undergoing cancer treatment at the time, which people were not aware of.
The experience prompted her to be more guarded and protect herself better in the future. Despite subsequent polarizing moments, Paltrow believes that her emotional Oscars acceptance speech was the catalyst for the negative reactions that followed.
Watch her 1999 Oscar-acceptance speech below!