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Year: 1974 (47th) Academy Awards
Category: Documentary (Feature)
Film Title: Hearts and Minds
Winner: Peter Davis and Bert Schneider, Producers
Presenter: Lauren Hutton, Danny Thomas
Date & Venue: April 8, 1975; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you so much. It's ironic, of course, to get a prize for a war movie while the suffering in Vietnam continues. But I feel very lucky that we have it and even luckier in our colleagues in filming, Dick Pearce, Tom Cohen and Brennon Jones, and in editing, Lynzee Klingman and Susan Martin, who deserve the award equally with Bert and me. Mostly, though, I have been blessed, and not just lucky, with the support and inspiration of my wife Johanna and with the patience of our sons who I hope will grow up in a country and atmosphere somewhat different from the one we had to portray in "Hearts and Minds." And who I hope will go to bed now. Thank you.
First of all, I would like to say a special thank you to my late brother Stanley whose support and love and encouragement allowed us to make this film and all of the films that BBS made. It is ironic that we are here at a time just before Vietnam is about to be liberated. I will now read a short wire that I have been asked to read by the Vietnamese people. It is sent by Ambassador Dinh Ba Thi, who is the chief of the Provisional Revolutionary Government's delegation to Paris, the Paris political talks. It says: "Please transmit to all our friends in America our recognition of all that they have done on behalf of peace and for the application of the Paris Accords on Vietnam. These actions serve the legitimate interest of the American people and the Vietnamese people. Greetings of friendship to all the American people." Thank you very much.
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