Laura Bailey won the BAFTA Games award for Performer in a Leading Role for her role as Abby in The Last of Us Part II!
[ID: A video of Laura’s acceptance speech delivered via video conference. She’s seated at her desk in her office, the back wall covered in assorted framed art. She looks very excited by her win, and glances down occasionally at her notes as she speaks. Transcript below. /end ID]
Presenter: “And the BAFTA goes to... Laura Bailey!”
[Laura gasps as the other nominees clap while muted]
Laura: “Oh no! Oh man! Oh, thank you BAFTA, that feels really surreal to say that. Um, uh, to all my fellow nominees, I love you guys. I, I am so grateful to have been considered amongst all of you very talented humans. Troy Baker, you’re a pillar in my life and you will continue to be until we are covered in wrinkles and jaded. To Ashley, I see wings every time I look at you, you are a beautiful, talented angel. Um, to the entire cast and the whole team at Naughty Dog, thank you for... for putting your heart and soul, and commanding excellence for five-plus years. I wouldn’t be making this speech if not for all the work that you guys put in. Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross, thank you for being fearless in your storytelling, for writing a character who is unexpected and honest, and for allowing her to be vulnerable without precluding the fact that she could also be a powerhouse. To Travis and Ronin, you’re in the other room, I’ll come give you a hug in a second. To the fans, to the fans, thank you to everyone who has been affected by this game, to everyone who loves these characters as deeply as we do. It was such an honor to play Abby and it’s such an honor to win this award. Thank you guys so much.”
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