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Year: 1987 (60th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: Wall Street
Winner: Michael Douglas
Presenter: Marlee Matlin (with sign language interpreter Jack Jason)
Date & Venue: April 11, 1988; Shrine Civic Auditorium
Thank you. Thank you all very much. I really want to thank the actors branch of the Academy first, for just being a nominee with four actors that I really admire, and at least one that I consider a really good friend who I admire. And thank you for that. And for this fellow [the Oscar] from all of the Academy, I just want to share it with all the good work that was done by all the branches, whether you were nominated or not tonight, but this is all with you.
A large part of this award belongs to Oliver Stone. And not only as the director, but having the courage to cast me in a part that not many people thought I could play. So I'll always be eternally grateful to him for that. And as a writer, Oliver, with Stanley Weiser, wrote a part that was the best part that I've ever had in my career. To Charlie and Martin Sheen, two wonderful actors that happen to be father and son, I thank them all very much for their help. Ed Pressman, Alex Ho, our producers; Leonard Goldberg, Scott Rudin, Tom Sherak of Fox, I thank you, too.
I'd like to dedicate this award to William Darrid, Diana Douglas-Darrid, Anne Douglas and Kirk Douglas, my parents and step-parents, who have been extremely supportive and loving to me over the years. And in particular to my father, who I don't think ever missed one of my college productions, for his continued support and for helping a son step out of his shadow. I'll be eternally grateful to you, Dad, for that. Finally, to my wife Diandra and all my old friends who are smiling with me tonight, thank you. And to all you movie buffs, I just really appreciate, for making this a wonderful moment for me. Thank you. And good night, Cameron. I love you.
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