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Year: 1983 (56th) Academy Awards

Category: Actress in a Supporting Role

Film Title: The Year of Living Dangerously

Winner: Linda Hunt

Presenter: Dyan Cannon, Gene Hackman

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

This is extraordinary. There was an Indonesian phrase in the film which translates into English as "water from the moon." And it means that which is unattainable, the impossible, that which one can never have or know. Making "The Year of Living Dangerously" for me was "water from the moon."

I want to thank the members of the Academy so much for honoring me with this recognition and this encouragement at the beginning of my work in film, when I still have so much to learn about such a complex and a powerful medium. And I want to dedicate this to my parents and to Peter Weir, with much love. And to everyone I love who is out there watching tonight, here is the sign [kisses her thumb then holds it up]. Thank you.

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