Year: 1988 (61st) Academy Awards
Category: Best Picture
Film Title: Rain Man
Winner: Mark Johnson, Producer
Date & Venue: March 29, 1989; Shrine Civic Auditorium
I've been told for the past five weeks that maybe I should prepare for this, and I can't be prepared for this moment. There are so many people. "Rain Man" belongs to a lot of people. Let me start with Ron Bass and Barry Morrow, who wrote a wonderful script. Peter Guber and Jon Peters, for being exactly what executive producers should be in supporting us all the way. To Gail Mutrux, for supporting me. I'd like to thank—boy, Michael Ovitz and Rosalie Swedlin for standing by this for weeks and years. I'd like to thank Dustin and Tom. And a wonderful studio that really doesn't exist anymore: Lee Rich, Tony Thomopoulos and Roger Birnbaum who were United Artists, and really exactly what anybody could want out of a studio. And the producer [of the Awards telecast] says that we're not allowed to, we shouldn't really thank our families. We're supposed to wait until we go backstage and use the pay phone. But he doesn't know my family. I'd like to thank my wife Lezlie, who really stood by me. Our two foster children, Jack and Rebecca. And, boy, if I didn't mention my mother I'd be a dead man: Dorothy King in Great Barrington. Thank you.
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