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Year: 1977 (50th) Academy Awards

Category: Documentary (Feature)

Film Title: Who Are the Debolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?

Winner: John Korty, Dan McCann and Warren L. Lockhart, Producers (Korty not present)

Presenter: Kirk Douglas, Raquel Welch

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

Thank you very much. I'm sorry that John Korty can't be here tonight; I know he wanted to be. But I want to thank him, and of course all the DeBolts, and the incredible film crew from San Francisco that really did make this possible. Thank you.

You really do believe in miracles when you see this. I want to thank John Korty also, who's off right now doing "Oliver's Story" in Boston and couldn't be here. He was our director, and we couldn't have made the film. It was his idea to do this, and brought it to us. To Charles Schulz and "Snoopy," for allowing me to do it, and all of my staff at that office. Especially to Sanrio Films, the people in Japan who believed enough in this to finance it and to help us do it, especially to Mr. Tsuji and Terry Ogisu. To the DeBolt family, who showed us the courage of that brave family you saw in the film and taught us who's handicapped and who isn't. Thanks a million. Thank you.

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