Year: 1981 (54th) Academy Awards
Category: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Winner: Albert R. Broccoli
Presenter: Roger Moore
Date & Venue: March 29, 1982; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
ALBERT R. BROCCOLI:
Thank you, Roger, for this marvelous award. It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Academy and I'm grateful to its Board of Governors for selecting me for the Irving G. Thalberg Award. I never dreamed when I came to Hollywood in 1934 that I'd be standing here to receive an award from a man who was the idol of all of us. This is an important moment in my life. I feel a great sense of accomplishment, not only for myself, but for all my colleagues with whom I've worked over the years: the actors, the writers, the directors, those exceptionally dedicated and devoted technicians at Pinewood Studios in Great Britain, and for my associates at United Artists.
In particular I'd like to acknowledge two men who were my first producing partners. The first was Irving Allen, and together we enjoyed making the films that Roger Moore mentioned. The second was my partner, former partner, Harry Saltzman, who also envisaged the possible success of "James Bond." And together we received the go ahead from a very dear friend of mine, Arthur Krim. Without Arthur I would not be standing here tonight at this highest point of my career. And I thank him, and I thank the Academy for allowing a farm boy from Long Island to realize this dream.
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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]