The award was presented to the helmer by her colleague Edward Lachman. "For me, she had a remarkable composure and vision," he said. "You found a way that allowed myself and all the creative departments around you to contribute while you still maintained your own personal vision. You've always been able to enlighten us with your talent. It seems so effortless, enriching us."
Meanwhile, during his acceptance speech, "Mank" cinematographer Messerschmidt heaped praise on director David Fincher, "Thanks to David Fincher for creating an environment where we could do our best work, and expecting it."