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Year: 1984 (57th) Academy Awards

Category: Actress in a Leading Role

Film Title: Places in the Heart

Winner: Sally Field

Presenter: Robert Duvall

Date & Venue: March 25, 1985; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Oh, Benton, what you did for me; you changed my life, truly. This means so much more to me this time. I don't know why. I think the first time I hardly felt it because it was all so new. I owe a lot to the cast, to my players, to Lindsay and John and Danny and Ed and Amy and my little friends Gennie and Yankton. I owe a lot to my family for holding me together and loving me and having patience with this obsession of me. But I want to say thank you to you. I haven't had an orthodox career and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it. And I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me! Thank you.

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