Year: 1981 (54th) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To Barbara Stanwyck for superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting.
Presenter: John Travolta
Date & Venue: March 29, 1982; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you. Thank you very much. I'd like to thank the Board of Governors of the Academy for giving me this special award. I tried many times to get it but I didn't make it, so this is indeed very special to me. You don't get them alone. There were writers, directors, producers; all their kindness to me through the many years. And the people backstage, the remarkable crews that we have the privilege of working with: the electricians, the property men, the stagehands, camera; they're just marvelous. And my wonderful group, the stunt men and women who taught me so well. I'm grateful to them and I thank them very, very much.
A few years ago I stood on this stage with William Holden as a presenter. I loved him very much, and I miss him. He always wished that I would get an Oscar. And so tonight, my golden boy, you got your wish.
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