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Year: 1983 (56th) Academy Awards

Category: Best Picture

Film Title: Terms of Endearment

Winner: James L. Brooks, Producer

Presenter: Frank Capra

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

JAMES L. BROOKS:
This community -- it took a long time to get the picture made and this community has been generous to this picture from long before it was made, when we were trying to get it done. I want to acknowledge my co-producers Penney Finkelman and Martin Jurow. My friends were unfailing through this thing cause it was the kind of experience where you wouldn't have made it without your friends. I want to tell you that Debra Winger worked on this picture in countless ways for about a year with as much as a person can give to a picture.

There was a lot about, you know, every studio turning it down. I think it's much more significant that a Hollywood studio made it, and that Hollywood studio was flexible, and that the studio ended up happy that it made it -- I think that's significant, too, that there was an audience for this picture. I want to thank Barry Diller and Michael Eisner, Frank Mancuso, and Jeff Katzenberg, and Larry Marks. And this is an extraordinary evening for us. There is no way to express the gratitude. Thank you very much.

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