Year: 1990 (63rd) Academy Awards
Category: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Winner: David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck
Presenter: Michael Douglas
Date & Venue: March 25, 1991; Shrine Civic Auditorium
RICHARD D. ZANUCK:
Thank you, Academy Board of Governors. This is a very special moment for me. What this award stands for is recognition of the creative role of the producer in our business. My father had the honor of being the first recipient of this award, and received it again on two other occasions. He set a standard of filmmaking which I have strived to uphold. I am very proud of this honor and obviously my thanks go to many people. The artists who have been part of our films. David, my partner and dear friend for many years. My wife and partner, Lili, who has brought so much inspiration into my life. And to my father, who taught me so much and who gave me such an early opportunity. Thank you very much.
Thank you, Dick, and thank you, Michael. What can I add to this extraordinary evening? "Thank you" seems too mild a response to the Academy's governors for this kind of honor. Frankly, I'm simply overwhelmed. Simply, I'm frankly overwhelmed!
And yet I must add that I am also grateful to both Zanucks, Darryl and Dick. Darryl brought me to Hollywood, and I had the good fortune and longevity to continue the Zanuck connection through the many years Dick and I shared as partners and close friends. We intend to continue to justify the accolade the Academy's Governors have bestowed on us and hope to be worthy of the distinguished company in which they have placed us. Thanks also to you, ladies and gentlemen of the Academy, and to my non-voting, beautiful wife.
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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]