Year: 1982 (55th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Supporting Role
Film Title: An Officer and a Gentleman
Winner: Louis Gossett, Jr.
Presenter: Susan Sarandon, Christopher Reeve
Date & Venue: April 11, 1983; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
LOUIS GOSSETT, JR.:
You know when you prepare a speech it's no use, cause it's all gone. I tried to get my kid to come up here to share this with me....
But there are some special people I would like to share this with, specifically tomorrow is the seventeenth anniversary of my relationship with my one agent, Mr. Ed Bondy. They say marriages don't last. I've got a spirit that guides me, starting with my great-grandmother who died at the age of 117, and my mom and dad who I know are watching, and my cousin Yvonne*. Thank you, you make everything fall into place. And all you other four guys, this is ours [holding up the Oscar]. Thank you.
[*Spelling not confirmed.]
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