Year: 1983 (56th) Academy Awards
Category: Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects)
Film Title: Return of the Jedi
Winner: Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, Phil Tippett
Presenter: Richard "Cheech" Marin, Thomas Chong
Date & Venue: April 9, 1984; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
I'd very much like to thank Bruce Nicholson, Mike McAlister, Mike Owens, Tom and Warren, my wife Zara, and everybody at Industrial Light & Magic.
I'd like to also thank George Lucas for the opportunity to do what I could for the "Star Wars" trilogy. This is the end of that era for me; my good old days. I'd also like to thank Joe Westheimer, my mentor and friend, who gave me my start. And to Jim Nelson, for his honesty and help whenever I've asked. Finally, to the many talented crew members who did it all and for whom I serve as a figurehead. Thank you.
Thank you, Academy. And I'd like to congratulate Joe Johnston, Tom Smith, Tom St. Amand, Stuart Ziff, Rose Duignan, and all my friends at ILM. And I'd like to especially thank my family and Julie for their support and their love.
I'd like to thank Don Dow, Bill Kimberlin, and the 120 artists at Industrial Light & Magic who contributed to this film. And also to the force behind the Force, George Lucas.
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