Year: 1988 (61st) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Supporting Role
Film Title: A Fish Called Wanda
Winner: Kevin Kline
Presenter: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Roger Moore
Date & Venue: March 29, 1989; Shrine Civic Auditorium
There's a lot of Brits here tonight. It's scary. But I have to thank a few of them. This is astonishing. A thank you to Michael Shamberg, the producer of "A Fish Called Wanda," who got me together, oh, six or seven years ago with John Cleese, and he said, "I want to write a movie where you get run over by a steamroller and eat of a lot of Michael Palin's tropical fish." I said, "Great, sounds good. I'm in. Let's do it." And then he actually wrote it.
I'd like to thank the Academy for naming me in this group of most distinguished actors, the five nominees. I share this with you. I would like to thank John Cleese for writing this brilliant script, for his generosity, for his friendship. To my fellow actors, Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis. To Jonathan Benson. To Charlie Crichton, who at seventy-seven proves that even with twenty or twenty-five years off there's no such thing as growing old when you've got a dream. He's the best. Thank you very much for this. And I'd like to thank my wife Phoebe. Thanks.
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