Year: 1978 (51st) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To Walter Lantz for bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world through his unique animated motion pictures.
Presenter: Robin Williams
Date & Venue: April 9, 1979; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
I'd like to thank the Board of Governors of the Academy for this great honor. I really appreciate the Oscar, not only for my contribution to the art of animation, but also as a tribute to the entire cartoon industry and to Universal Pictures with whom I've been associated for fifty years. Thank you.
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