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Year: 1981 (54th) Academy Awards
Category: Short Film (Live Action)
Film Title: Violet
Winner: Paul Kemp and Shelley Levinson, Producers
Presenter: Debra Winger, Paul Williams
Date & Venue: March 29, 1982; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Tony Villani of the American Film Institute taught me that it's very easy to make a movie and very hard to make a good one. If "Violet" is a good movie it is due to him. He's a brilliant teacher and a wonderful critic and I'm very grateful to him. The fact that the film is a film is due to my family of friends who supported me and loved me, and I'm very grateful to them and I'd like to particularly thank Harlan Ellison and Leanne Lowe*. Thank you.
Through abject terror and incredible joy I hope I can get to remember who to thank. I'd like to thank Shelley Levinson who directed the piece and was my co-producer, Doris Betts who supplied the original story, and Susan Baskin for a wonderful screenplay. To Didi Conn and an incredible cast, a hard-working and very patient crew. To all those who gave so freely of time, money, and everything else. And my parents, who supported me through the craziness, and the Academy, for this incredible opportunity. Thank you very much.
[*Name and spelling not confirmed.]
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