Year: 1980 (53rd) Academy Awards
Category: Documentary (Short Subject)
Film Title: Karl Hess: Toward Liberty
Winner: Roland Hallé and Peter W. Ladue, Producers
Presenter: Lesley-Anne Down, Richard Chamberlain
Date & Venue: March 31, 1981; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
PETER W. LADUE:
Well, I'd like to thank the Academy not only for this honor but also for their support of young filmmakers through their Student Film Awards. I'd also like to thank Boston University and the School of Public Communications where we made this film as graduate students. And to John Hoover, Loren Miller, Charlie Lew, and Kevin Burns and Jim Kent*, Don Wilkins in the Berklee School of Music, my wife Kathleen*, my parents, and to Karl and Therese Hess, thank you.
It feels very good to be honored by such a prestigious organization as the Academy of Motion Picture. All our gratitude goes to the membership. Karl Hess is not here tonight but he deserves a good chunk of the Oscar that we won. He was such a good performer. His ideas on how [to] take control of one's life I think can map our route toward liberty, and liberty is all this country's about. And I'm proud, you know, to have bring "Karl Hess" with my partner. And I would like to say just one more word to my folks in Quebec City: Je vous invite à partager avec moi la joie de reçevoir ce grand honneur ce soir. Thank you very much.
[Ed. note: French translation: "I invite you to share with me the joy of receiving this great honor this evening."] [*Name and spelling not confirmed.]
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