Year: 1984 (57th) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To the National Endowment for the Arts, in recognition of its 20th anniversary and its dedicated commitment to fostering artistic and creative activity and excellence in every area of the arts. (accepted by NEA Chairman Frank Hodsoll)
Presenter: Glenn Close
Date & Venue: March 25, 1985; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you. The National Endowment for the Arts and my boss, President Reagan, are very grateful to the Academy for this honor. The real credit goes to the hundreds who've served over twenty years on our National Council and panels, and to my predecessors and the staff. Let me also acknowledge the nonpartisan support of now five administrations and ten Congresses.
The Endowment assists artistic excellence and helps bring it to all Americans. In this country it is the American people who are the real patrons; this is an award we share with the nation. Film includes all of the arts. Half of Americans' [sic] films produced prior to 1952 have been lost. We want to make sure that Gene Kelly is dancing in the rain three hundred years from now, and that's why the Endowment's joined with the American Film Institute to found the National Center for Film and Video Preservation. We're here tonight to honor the best; let's join together to keep the best alive for the future.
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