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Year: 1977 (50th) Academy Awards

Category: Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen--based on factual material or on story material not previously published or produced)

Film Title: Annie Hall

Winner: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman (Allen not present)

Presenter: Paddy Chayefsky

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

Thank you. It's very nice. It's very nice. I hope we have enough time so that I can say that half of this little piece of tin, if not much more, belongs to Woody, who is probably the greatest collaborator anybody could ever wish for. He does a lot of brilliant work. He takes our script and makes it into what you saw. He picks up my lunch check for about five months. And then on April 4, April 3, he refuses to come out of his apartment. Thanks also to Gordie Willis for his wonderful photography; for Keaton, for obvious reasons–Diane, that is. And to the boys in the back room: Arthur, and Eric, and Bill, and Bob, and Marcia, and Mike, for their continued support and benign neglect which is the key to our success. And you've all been very kind. And I must confess, the only problem is I've been out here a week and I still have guilt when I make a right turn on a red light; maybe this will help.

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