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Year: 1983 (56th) Academy Awards

Category: Film Editing

Film Title: The Right Stuff

Winner: Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart, Tom Rolf

Presenter: Robert E. Wise

Date & Venue: April 9, 1984; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

We wish to extend our thanks to the members of the Academy. This is truly a beautiful, wonderful moment for each one of us. We acknowledge the tremendous, magnificent effort that went into the making of this film. We are privileged to have been a part of it and the experience will long live in our hearts. We must thank our marvelous, beautiful, we-love-you-Phil Kaufman director, for his leadership and dedication and for the vision that he gave to us. We thank The Ladd Company, Alan Ladd, Jr., especially Gareth Wigan for his gentlemanly guidance, concern, care, all through the project. And before I give the microphone to my colleagues, I would like to say that we do thank our assistant editors and apprentice editors for their marvelous, dedicated support all through the project, who kept their sense of humor and carried us through to the end.

"The Right Stuff" required a monumental effort on the part of a lot of people, not all of whom we can thank tonight, but I'd like to just add to those already mentioned our producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, who were the first to see the possibilities for a terrific movie in Tom Wolfe's book. And again, our director Phil Kaufman, who transformed that book into a fantastic script and then into a fantastic movie from which we were able to work with terrific footage and whose vision carried us throughout the editing. For myself, I'd like to just thank my husband for his unwavering support during a difficult year and a half, and my colleagues Francis Coppola, Walter Murch and Bill Reynolds, without whose support and inspiration I wouldn't be here tonight. Thank you.

If I can just thank my wife Janet, my daughter Zoe, my good friend Dede Allen, and Phil and Rose. Thank you very much.

I just want to say thank you very much and God bless you all.

I just want to say I'm deeply grateful. And if I could ever do anything for anyone here...let me know.

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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]