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Year: 1977 (50th) Academy Awards

Category: Best Picture

Film Title: Annie Hall

Winner: Charles H. Joffe, Producer (accompanied on stage by producer Jack Rollins)

Presenter: Jack Nicholson

Date & Venue: April 3, 1978; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

About seven months ago Lloyd Leipzig of United Artists suggested I start preparing for this, and this afternoon I told Woody that if it happened I would try to be a little dignified. And he said I'd probably win an acting award if I could do it. Well, the truth is I'm not very prepared and I don't feel very dignified. But I want to say just a couple of things about how a filmmaker like Woody evolves. About seven years ago, David Picker brought us into United Artists with the simple words: Woody, do your thing. And through the years we have gotten nothing but support, encouragement, help and love from Eric Pleskow, Arthur Krim, Gabe Sumner and Danny Rissner. They've allowed Woody to mature into a fine filmmaker. This is truly an exciting night for all of us. I guess we all fantasize about something like this happening and now it's a reality. I'm very pleased. And thank you.

I understand that Bob Hope had made a statement earlier today that Woody's nomination was gonna have some importance in bringing comedy forward in the Academy affairs. And if his winning tonight is another step in that direction, I'm delighted. I want to thank the members of the Academy for this great honor. Thank you.

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