Cate Blanchett honored Rowlands as an inspiration, for bringing the “intense authenticity and immediacy” of a live-theater experience to her film work. Laura Linney said Rowlands “smashed and destroyed” the traditional female image of her generation by creating a seismic shift in depiction of women in her films with John Cassavetes.
The actresses were followed by film clips, narrated by Angelina Jolie, of the actresses work over the years. Rowlands received two standing ovations, before and after her acceptance speech, in which she paid tribute to writers, and told a funny anecdote about working with her idol, Bette Davis. She was presented her trophy by son Nick Cassavetes.
Quite a testament to Gena Rowlands that Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, Meryl Streep & Angelina Jolie participated in her tribute. #GovAwards— Nicole Sperling (@nicsperling) November 15, 2015
At 85, Gena Rowlands wins an Oscar. One of the loveliest, funniest acceptances you'll ever see. But not on the show. https://t.co/0o45nJodw7— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 15, 2015