Year: 1980 (53rd) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To Henry Fonda, the consummate actor, in recognition of his brilliant accomplishments and enduring contribution to the art of motion pictures.
Presenter: Robert Redford
Date & Venue: March 31, 1981; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you, Robert. Thank you. When I realize, and I really have to remind myself that I've been working in films for forty-six years, I feel I'm a very, very lucky man. Not just because I survived but because over the years I've had the opportunity to work with some of the best producers, best directors, best writers, best actors in motion pictures. It's been a very rewarding forty-six years for me and this has got to be the climax. I'm very proud and very grateful to the governors of the Academy. Thank you very much.
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