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Year: 1977 (50th) Academy Awards

Category: Visual Effects

Film Title: Star Wars

Winner: John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune, Robert Blalack

Presenter: Joan Fontaine

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

JOHN STEARS:
Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is a fantastic feeling to be up here with these guys, fantastic guys, a wonderful American crew. And please don't forget the British guys that worked with me just to make it possible to be here. And thank you, Gary and George. Fantastic. Thank you.

JOHN DYKSTRA:
I'd like to thank Mr. Kurtz and Mr. Lucas and the thousands, literally, of technicians who made it all possible, because that wasn't done on a soundstage. And I'd also like to thank Doug Trumbull who started me in this business. Thank you

RICHARD EDLUND:
Thank you so much.

ROBERT BLALACK:
I would like to acknowledge the visual effects workers in the past who made our achievements possible, in particular Bill Reinhold, Jack Caldwell and Paul Lerpae. From the "Star Wars" production I'd like to thank Paul Roth, Jamie Shourt, John Dykstra, George Lucas and Gary Kurtz. This is ours. Thank you.

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