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Year: 1985 (58th) Academy Awards
Category: Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Film Title: Witness
Winner: Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley; Story by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Earl W. Wallace
Presenter: Larry Gelbart
Date & Venue: March 24, 1986; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Wow. I want to thank the members of the Academy, and I have to say hi to Christopher.
EARL W. WALLACE:
I have an uneasy feeling my career just peaked. But I would like to thank all of the marvelous talent that converged on our screenplay. That's from the bottom of my heart. Further, there was one person who when the screenplay was finished put wheels on it. That was Nancy Hutson, my manager. Personally and publicly, thank you, Nancy. And Christopher, it's past your bedtime.
I would like to thank all my friends on shore, of course, and all my friends off shore; but I'll refrain from doing that. Yet I would like to thank Paramount and Ed Feldman for taking our script and making the vision we had. As for the vision of the Academy, all I can do is repeat the words of Humphrey Bogart: "Here's looking at you, kid."
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