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Year: 1971 (44th) Academy Awards
Category: Actress in a Supporting Role
Film Title: The Last Picture Show
Winner: Cloris Leachman
Presenter: Raquel Welch, Gene Hackman
Date & Venue: April 10, 1972; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Oh, thank you. I'm having an amazing life and it isn't over yet. Remember when Ben Johnson said in "The Last Picture Show," "I fought all my life against..." whatever he said. And I feel I've fought all my life against clichés, and look at me, I'm a hopeless cliché.
I can't thank anybody. I feel that we all have, are part of each other. That we've all contributed. And we work together and we're all the same people. And I love you all for all the experiences I've had. Except that I want to say to Cornelia Williams Hurlbut, my first piano teacher, and Rose Lorenz, my dancing teacher in Des Moines, and my father Buck Leachman who paid the bills – wait – and finally my mother, whose imagination and funny sense of humor and almost Walter Mitty life herself led to all of this. I'm deeply honored. Thank you.
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