Year: 1983 (56th) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Original Song)
Song Title: "Flashdance...What A Feeling"
Film Title: Flashdance
Winner: Music by Giorgio Moroder; Lyric by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (Moroder not present)
Presenter: Jennifer Beals, Matthew Broderick
Date & Venue: April 9, 1984; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
It's so wonderful to be receiving these, this most precious honor, from Jennifer Beals whose performance in the film made it that much more special for all of us. I hope I can read this. Our brilliant composer Giorgio Moroder is not with us today but I'm sure he's as overwhelmed as myself and Keith Forsey.
I'd like to thank the members of the Academy, my terrifically talented co-lyricist Keith Forsey for making writing so imaginative and [...unintelligible...] so much fun. For me personally there are so many people to thank. Just to be nominated with the likes of Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Michel Legrand is an honor enough. But let me begin with my parents, who are here tonight. If it weren't for them I would not be here tonight. I'd like to thank them. My manager and dearest friend, Selma Rubin, whose love and guidance, and her family, for fourteen years of supporting me, has helped so much. The producers and directors, Adrian Lyne, Paramount Pictures, Polygram, Happy Goday, Al Coury from Network Records. Oh, my teachers: Al Greiner*, Phil Black, Anne Countryman*, JoJo Smith, Eve Collier*. There aren't enough words to express my love and my gratitude. And last but not least, a very special gentlemen who I guess started it all for me many years ago. To Alan Parker, wherever you may be tonight, I thank him.
What more can I say but thank you very much.
[*Name and spelling not confirmed.]
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