Year: 1973 (46th) Academy Awards
Category: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Winner: Lawrence Weingarten
Presenter: Katharine Hepburn
Date & Venue: April 2, 1974; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Well, my dear Kate, I feel completely incapable of responding to that outpouring of love. To have Katharine Hepburn and the award at the same time is an emotional package that I cannot cope with. To all but her intimate friends, Kate's performances on the screen have revealed the patrician, the sophisticate and the iconoclast, but tonight she has revealed to you another side of her character. As you can see she is a considerate, sympathetic, unselfish and altogether beautiful human being. And so to Katharine Hepburn and all the great performing artists, men and women, upon whom I have depended; to those remarkably talented writers, directors, craftsmen; and to Louis B. Mayer, whose unstinting support and encouragement made it possible for me to put the whole thing together; to all these wonderful and unique people: my gratitude, my admiration and my respect.
Now in thanking the Board of Governors of the Academy for this ultimate compliment, I would like them to know that this award bears an added significance for me. It was at the side of this extraordinarily gifted man, Irving Thalberg, that I learned my craft. And if it were not for my long and close association with him, I would not be standing here tonight. Thank you again.
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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]