Year: 1980 (53rd) Academy Awards
Category: Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects)
Film Title: The Empire Strikes Back
Winner: Brian Johnson, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Bruce Nicholson
Presenter: Jack Valenti
Date & Venue: March 31, 1981; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you. First I must thank George Lucas and Gary Kurtz who gave us the opportunity to work on these great films. Also my colleagues Jim Bloom, Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie and Harrison Ellenshaw. Of course my family and crew. Thank you very much.
I'd like to thank the English effects crew and ILM. And I'd like to thank Gary Kurtz, George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, my two daughters, Claire and Lucy-Kate, and my wife Jennie. Thanks very much.
And I'd like to thank my mom, and Jon Berg and Phil Tippett, and Ken and all the camera department. Thank you.
I'd like to thank a great special effects crew and in particular the optical department who I worked so closely with. To my wife, family and friends, for their support throughout the project. And to the Force, for allowing me to be here tonight to receive this award.
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