Year: 1990 (63rd) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To Sophia Loren, one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form.
Presenter: Gregory Peck
Date & Venue: March 25, 1991; Shrine Civic Auditorium
Thank you very much, Gregory. And every friend and every colleague, your generosity fills me with happiness and great pride. I remember my first Oscar. It was so overwhelming for me that the terror of having to face you all made me find so many excuses not to be with you thirty, thirty years ago. Tonight I'm still scared, but I'm not alone. And I will share this eventful evening with the three men in my life. My husband Carlo Ponti, without whom I wouldn't be the person I am today. And my two sons, Carlo, Jr. and Edoardo, that taught me to conjugate the verb "to love." Now a thousand feelings crowd my heart while I'm holding this wonderful statue and words are very difficult to find for me and to express it all in this wonderful moment in my life, so I'll try to revert in my native language and say simply: Grazie, America. Thank you.
[Ed. note: Miss Loren won the 1961 lead actress Oscar for her role in the film "Two Women;" she did not attend the ceremony.]
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