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During her best actress acceptance speech at Sunday's Oscars, Renee Zellweger, left, reflected on how her "Judy" journey made her think about the heroes in our society and how they can unite all. One of those individuals is Dolores Huerta.

When one wins an Oscar, it's common for them to thank their agents, managers, family and cast members during their acceptance speech. 

Sunday's Academy Awards were no different, but one local figure did get a shoutout from a winner on Hollywood's biggest night.

Actress Renee Zellweger received the best actress award for her role as Judy Garland in the film, "Judy." It is Zellweger's second Academy Award, the first for best supporting actress in the film "Cold Mountain." 

During her acceptance speech, she reflected on how her "Judy" journey made her think about the heroes in our society and how they can unite all. One of those individuals she mentioned is Dolores Huerta.

"When we look to our heroes, we agree, and that matters. Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride, Dolores Huerta, Venus and Serena (Williams) and Selena, Bob Dylan, (Martin) Scorsese, Fred Rogers, Harriet Tubman," Zellweger said. "We agree on our teachers, and we agree on our courageous men and women in uniform who serve. We agree on our first responders and firefighters."

"When we celebrate our heroes, we’re reminded of who we are as one people united."

Huerta said Tuesday she didn't see the moment as it happened on television, but thought "it was pretty great" to be mentioned among such great company.

The Oscar winning actress isn't the only person to praise the civil rights activist recently. On Jan. 30, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed Senate Resolution No. 1753, making April 10 Dolores Huerta Day of Service in Kansas, as a way to honor Huerta for her lifelong achievements fighting for economic and social justice. The date coincides with Huerta’s 90th birthday.

Earlier this month, the Albuquerque City Council unanimously passed a bill to rename a street after New Mexico native Huerta, according to a news release. Bridge Boulevard from the west side of the Rio Grande — near Dolores Huerta Gateway Park — to 4th Street will be renamed as Avenida Dolores Huerta, which will connect with Avenida Cesar Chavez. It will be the first intersection with two streets named after civil rights activists.

"I think it sends a message to young women ... we can do great things and be recognized" for them, Huerta said about her recent recognitions.

(7) comments

All Star

Zellweger is a kook.

Moardeeb

With 2 Oscar's. How many you got?

Gene Pool Chlorinator

What's your point dweeb? That if you have an Oscar (or two), you are better than the rest of us?

Go back to worshiping your false gods in Hollywood, while real people continue to work on improving our country...

yorkies2014

dang.....isn't that nice....."During her acceptance speech, she reflected on how her "Judy" journey made her think about the heroes in our society and how they can unite all. One of those individuals is Dolores Huerta."

GaryJohns

Being mentioned by Hollywood "stars" is not necessarily an honor....

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Hey Gary, you're going to offend the snowflake- the bar is obviously much lower for hero status among some here...

Moardeeb

Hey, where's that wall???? Lmao!!!

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