Year: 1983 (56th) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Original Song Score or Adaptation Score)
Film Title: Yentl
Winner: Song Score by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Presenter: Neil Diamond
Date & Venue: April 9, 1984; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you. Thank you very much. I am very grateful for this. I am very grateful too for the privilege of the experience of having worked on "Yentl" which was a, which is a story of a woman with a dream, a woman with a struggle. And life has a way of imitating art in very interesting ways. We worked in an atmosphere of creativity, of collaboration, of excitement, of energy, synergy, that allowed us to do our best work, I think. And for that I thank Barbra Streisand and my two very gifted collaborators. But most of all Barbra, wherever you are.
My wife is far more eloquent than I am but it is a marvelous experience working with a woman, as I have all my creative life, and Barbra just made it that much better. She's just terrific. And so is this composer over here [pointing to Legrand]. It's just, I have to tell you experience of, the four of us really love each other a great deal and we love the project, and when you do something you love with people you love, something really nice happens. Thank you all very much.
I just want to tell you that it was such a pleasure for me to work with Alan and Marilyn, to work with Barbra, to work with the people around us. We spent years of love and I'm ready to do it again anytime. Thank you very much.
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