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Year: 1976 (49th) Academy Awards

Category: Best Picture

Film Title: Rocky

Winner: Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Producers (accompanied on stage by Sylvester Stallone)

Presenter: Jack Nicholson

Date & Venue: March 28, 1977; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Sylvester Stallone, I'd like to thank you for sharing your dream of "Rocky" with us and for giving a performance that has enriched all our lives. I'd like to thank John Avildsen for his sensitive direction; Gene Kirkwood for his imagination and energy; and finally, the Academy, who has permitted "Rocky," a million-to-one underdog, go the distance tonight. Thank you very much.

There were many people behind the scenes that helped us really achieve our dream. Arthur Krim, Eric Pleskow, Mike Medavoy and Gabe Sumner at United Artists, all were very, very responsible for us being here today. They really helped all of us live out the dream of "Rocky."

And to all the "Rockys" in the world, I love you.

Thank you. Thank you.

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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]