Year: 1980 (53rd) Academy Awards
Film Title: Ordinary People
Winner: Robert Redford
Presenter: King Vidor, George Cukor
Date & Venue: March 31, 1981; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you. I was thinking—no, I wasn't thinking, I was just kind of blank. But you know how it is when somebody says to you, if you, about a year before, they say: You know, if anybody'd told you a year ago that you would have been "dot, dot, dot." Well, I just didn't think I was gonna see this. But I'm no less grateful. And I would like to express my debt for the directors that I worked with in the past, for what I've learned from them, consciously or unconsciously. And I would also like to say that, it may not be too fashionable but the fact is that I really do appreciate the support of Paramount Pictures, Charlie Bluhdorn, Barry Diller. They let us make the film the way we wanted to and I'm very grateful for that.
There are a lot of people that I can thank, and I don't want to go on too long, but I couldn't go too much further without expressing what for me is the greatest gratitude. And that keys around the word trust. I really am grateful for the trust that I received from a terrific cast: Mary, Donald, Tim, Judd, Liz. I love them, and I appreciate their love, too. So thank you all.
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