Year: 1988 (61st) Academy Awards
Category: Special Achievement Award
Film Title: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Winner: To Richard Williams for the animation direction of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
Presenter: Robin Williams, Charles Fleischer
Date & Venue: March 29, 1989; Shrine Civic Auditorium
Wow. Thank you very much, members of the Academy and Carl Bell. I have to thank, first, Steven Spielberg for having the enormous prestige to mid-wife the whole thing and get all those different, competing cartoons in the same movie. Then to Jeffrey Katzenberg, who kept his cool under tremendous duress, and thank God or I wouldn't be here tonight. Also, when I met Bob Zemeckis first, in the first ten, fifteen minutes I said, "Boy, you know exactly, you know exactly what you want. I'll be your pencil." And so Bob should have...Anyway, there's an awful lot of Bob in these [holding up his two Oscars]. And we had some marvelous animators on the film, and I have to single out one who I used as pillars. He held up bits of that film like a bunch of pillars. And that is Andreas Deja. Thank you. Thanks. The best is yet to come.
[Ed. note: Mr. Williams brought on stage with him the Oscar he received earlier in the evening for visual effects on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."]
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