Year: 1981 (54th) Academy Awards
Film Title: An American Werewolf in London
Winner: Rick Baker
Presenter: Vincent Price, Kim Hunter
Date & Venue: March 29, 1982; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Well, first of all I'd like to thank the Academy for creating this new category, and I'm very proud to be the first winner. I'd like to thank John Landis and George Folsey for making the film. David Naughton and Griffin Dunne, for their cooperation. I'd like to thank my crew–Doug Beswick, Tom Hester, Steve Johnson, Shawn McEnroe, Bill Sturgeon, Kevin Brennan, and Elaine Baker–for working so hard and doing such a great job. I'd like to thank my parents, Doris and Ralph Baker, for their love and support.
And last but not least, I'd like to thank a man who's been a real inspiration to me: Dick Smith. For all that Dick has contributed to the art of makeup... [applause.] Thank you. For all that Dick has contributed to the art of makeup, he deserves an Academy Award more than any makeup artist I know. Thank you.
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