Year: 1986 (59th) Academy Awards
Film Title: Platoon
Winner: Oliver Stone
Presenter: Elizabeth Taylor
Date & Venue: March 30, 1987; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Thank you. Thank you for this "Cinderella" ending. But I think that through this award you're really acknowledging the Vietnam veteran. And I think what you're saying is that for the first time, you really understand what happened over there. And I think what you're saying is that it should never, ever in our lifetimes happen again. And if it does, then those American boys died over there for nothing, because America learned nothing from the Vietnam War.
My special thanks go to my cast and crew. To Tom and Charlie and Willem. To Bob Richardson, Claire Simpson, Bruno Rubeo, the rest of you. My producers: Arnold Kopelson, Derek Gibson, Alex Ho. To Captain Dale Dye, who gave his heart and soul for the movie. To Marion Billings, Andrea Jaffe, Paula Wagner, Mike Mitchell and Bob Marshall. And to Mr. John Daly, who gave me a shot when nobody else would. And to my wife Elizabeth, whose deep abiding love got me through the despair. Thank you.
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