Year: 1988 (61st) Academy Awards
Film Title: Rain Man
Winner: Barry Levinson
Presenter: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn
Date & Venue: March 29, 1989; Shrine Civic Auditorium
Thank you. This is really about two actors: Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. If they don't deliver, and the performances that they gave, I wouldn't be up here this evening. I have to tell you, I'm so—I'm so shook up. I'm so taken by the response to "Rain Man" and that we've had such a positive effect on the audiences that have seen the movie. I'm really appreciative. I thank all you people from the Academy. We have a wonderful staff that did a lot of work on autism. We tried to be as faithful as we could and in the same time try to be entertaining. I have to thank Michael Ovitz who worked to keep this movie alive when we were, a lot of times when it may not have ever happened. And I have to thank my wife Diana who, when I walked into the bedroom, when I said, "I can do 'Rain Man,'" and she was seven months pregnant. I said, "What do you want to do?" And she said, "Let's go on the road and do the movie and have the baby wherever we're traveling to." We had a little baby boy and I thank her for that. And I thank you for this [holding up the Oscar].
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