“Who would have thought? Who knew, who knew that this time in my life I should be presented with this award," Lansbury, 83, said. "I’m deeply grateful. I can’t believe I’m standing here. … I am the essence of gratitude. This is the greatest gift in my old age that I could possibly imagine. Thank you for having me back.”
Lansbury’s previous victories were for Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Gypsy (1975), and Sweeny Todd (1979). Harris won for I Am a Camera (1952), The Lark (1956), Forty Carats (1969), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1973), and The Belle of Amherst (1977).