Year: 1980 (53rd) Academy Awards
Category: Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Film Title: Melvin and Howard
Winner: Bo Goldman
Presenter: Peter Ustinov
Date & Venue: March 31, 1981; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
I'm so happy. And please forgive the litany of gratitude but movies are made on faith and the studio's money. I'd like to thank my friend Ned Tanen for his deep pockets, Jonathan Demme for his good eye, Art Linson and Don Phillips for steering me to Gabbs, Nevada, and Melvin Howard [sic] for sharing his life. Tonight I'm here for "Melvin and Howard" but there are years in between for me and for all writers when there are no awards. So tonight I'd like to mention some men who've taught me a lot and whom I love: Phil Kaufman, Alan Parker, Mike Nichols and Milos Forman.
May I share this honor with my agent Arnold Stiefel, and my wife Mab Ashforth who urged me to write this movie, and I'm so glad I did. Thank you, members of the Academy.
© Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]