Year: 1974 (47th) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To Howard Hawks - A master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema.
Presenter: John Wayne
Date & Venue: April 8, 1975; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you, Duke. I'm going to tell you a little story. Jack Ford and I were friends. He was a better friend to Duke...
And when he became sick and came to the desert to die, I used to go over and see him. We'd talk and laugh. Then we got to telling each other the things that we'd stolen from each other. And we often tried to remember all of the things I tried to, that I took from Ford and he did from me. One day he was laughing and he said, "There's something I took from you that beats the whole thing." He said, "I made a picture that wasn't so good, and you made 'Sergeant York.'" And he said, "I got the award." And he stopped in the middle of laughing and he changed – just as Duke knows and other people, he changed quickly. And he said, "Well, you're gonna get an award." And I said, "I don't think so." He said, "Goddamn it! You're gonna get an award." So I would like to thank the Academy for making that prediction of his come true. Thanks very much.
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