Year: 1981 (54th) Academy Awards
Category: Documentary (Short Subject)
Film Title: Close Harmony
Winner: Nigel Noble, Producer
Presenter: Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss
Date & Venue: March 29, 1982; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
When the limousine pulled up in front of the theater my son said, "You mean I have to get out in front of all those people." I feel exactly the same way.
I would like to thank the Academy for this honor. I also would like to thank the children of Brooklyn Friends School, the senior citizens of the Council Center for Senior Citizens in Brooklyn, and a dynamic music teacher who brought these two groups together, Arlene Symons. My crew: Ken Van Sickle, Kit Whitmore, Steve Gerbson, Tom Houghton, Maggi Travis; wonderful, wonderful people who devoted themselves to the film. And Joan Morris, who did a tremendous job editing the film; in China now, the American film industry needs her back. And I would like to thank Ruth Corkstein* and Lee Barry* for their support. I would like to thank the National Council of Jewish Women, Brooklyn Section, who made this film possible. My wife Jane, for suggesting the idea. And my cheering section in the balcony: David, Benjamin and Zachary. Thank you very much.
[*Name and spelling not confirmed.]
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