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Year: 1983 (56th) Academy Awards

Category: Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

Film Title: Tender Mercies

Winner: Horton Foote

Presenter: Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek

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

I'm overcome and I'm very grateful to the Academy. I'd like to express my gratitude to the cast and crew of "Tender Mercies," and particularly to my old and dear friend Robert Duvall for his marvelous work which was the heart and soul of our film. To Australia, for my new friend, the very gifted director Bruce Beresford. For the producers, for their loyalty and courage, Mary-Ann and Philip Hobel. To John Cohn and Barry Spikings, for all of their tender administrations. To my agent and friend, Lucy Kroll. To my wife and children, for their kindness and their devotion and their steadfastness in good times and bad. Thank you all.

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