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Year: 1983 (56th) Academy Awards

Category: Directing

Film Title: Terms of Endearment

Winner: James L. Brooks

Presenter: Richard Attenborough

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

I feel like I've been beaten up. It's strange. This was in the truest sense of the word, enormously collaborative film. Andrzej Bartkowiak's talent is on every frame. Richard Marks was a dream in the cutting room. A friend of mine named Dave Davis worked with me from beginning to end. Polly Platt made an extraordinary contribution. Kristi Zea's costumes meant a lot because to the picture -- I think the picture depended so much on detail. And I'm overwhelmed. I'm very grateful. Holly, you're great. Okay, thank you very much.

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