Year: 1973 (46th) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Song)
Song Title: "The Way We Were"
Film Title: The Way We Were
Winner: Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Presenter: Burt Bacharach, Ann-Margret
Date & Venue: April 2, 1974; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
[To Hamlisch:] Marvin, it's positively obscene how many of these you have.
It's very lovely. I'd like to thank all of you. I'd like to thank Ray Stark for a beautiful picture, and Sydney Pollack, and Barbra Streisand, the best singer that any lyric writer could ever have singing their song. Thank you.
I can only add my thanks to all of you and again to Barbra. It's just wonderful. Thank you very much.
I feel we can talk as friends because I think I know you. So gang, listen to me. You're terrific. I want to thank the Academy – again! – as it were. There are three –
As they are.
As they are. And I want to particularly thank some wonderful people who took the chance a long time ago when I got into this business. And that was Sam Spiegel, who gave me my very first job, and my agent Peter Faith and my manager Allan Carr. And a man who really believed in this song and really helped us all the way, which was Marty Erlichman.
Yes, thanks, Marty.
Thank you, Marty.
To all of them and to all of you, you've done it for this year. Thank you.
[Ed. note: This was the third award won by Marvin Hamlisch on the night.]
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