Year: 1985 (58th) Academy Awards
Film Title: Out of Africa
Winner: Sydney Pollack
Presenter: Barbra Streisand
Date & Venue: March 24, 1986; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you very much. Frank Price made this film possible. He had the courage when it mattered the most and was easy to say no. I knew it was impossible to get a screenplay from this material so I didn't try; Kurt Luedtke didn't know it was impossible and so he did it. David Rayfiel kept us honest. Meryl, Bob, Klaus and Malick brought those characters to life and made an incredible world. All of us being helped all the time by Terry Clegg who kept us going. I had a team of editors who locked themselves in a room with me seven days a week, twelve hours a day and behaved as though nothing else in the world existed. John Barry made it all sing. Karen Blixen lived that life and turned it into art and taught a generation a new way to write prose. My wife Claire gave me more encouragement than I have any right to have, put up with more, was more tolerant. I'm indebted to all of them. I can't leave this podium without saying, I could not have made this film without Meryl Streep. She is astounding personally, professionally, in all ways, and I can't thank her enough. Thank you.
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