Year: 1973 (46th) Academy Awards
Film Title: Save the Tiger
Winner: Jack Lemmon
Presenter: Liza Minnelli, Gregory Peck
Date & Venue: April 2, 1974; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Well, I tell you, I had a speech prepared…in 1959. I've forgotten it. If I took the time to thank all of the people, very honestly, that are responsible for this award we'd be here much too long. But naturally to Marty Ransohoff, and Filmways and Paramount. I am deeply indebted for them letting us even make the film, because nobody wanted to let us make it. To Steve Shagan and John Avildsen. It would take much too much and much too long and I'll have to do it personally later. And to a cast and a crew of people, I've never in my life been connected with anything that meant more to me and worked with so many wonderful professional people that cared and loved something so much. And they made it one of the great, great moments of my life, the making of that film, and that's equal to this honor, just the privilege of working with them, truthfully. And I thank them all and I love them and respect them.
I just want to say one more thing. In recent years especially there has been a great deal of criticism about this award. And probably a great deal of that criticism is very justified. I would just like to say that whether it's justified or not, I think it is one hell of an honor and I am thrilled. And I thank you all very, very much.
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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]