Year: 1981 (54th) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Original Song)
Song Title: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"
Film Title: Arthur
Winner: Music and Lyric by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen
Presenter: Bette Midler
Date & Venue: March 29, 1982; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
CAROLE BAYER SAGER:
This is great. I think the question most asked me in the last few months is, Why did four people write this song? Let me say this. When you have a film that's as wonderfully entertaining as "Arthur," and a man, a composer, who scored that film as brilliant and as legendary as Burt Bacharach, then I'm not surprised if there are three of us up here with Burt, or three hundred. But we're all very grateful to be a part of "Arthur." And thanks, Arnold Stiefel.
Well, I think Carol said it all. But I want to be sure and thank the always brilliant Michael Omartian who produced the record for us. And let's not forget him. And I, personally I'd like to thank my parents. Thank you.
I want to thank the air traffic controller who put me in a holding pattern for two hours above JFK, and I found myself like "Arthur" caught between the moon and New York City. Thank you. Hi to everyone in Australia.
I just want to thank Steve Gordon for a beautiful, beautiful project to work on. It was great fun, great joy. I'm very, very happy. Thank you so much.
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