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Year: 1990 (63rd) Academy Awards

Category: Actress in a Supporting Role

Film Title: Ghost

Winner: Whoopi Goldberg

Presenter: Denzel Washington

Date & Venue: March 25, 1991; Shrine Civic Auditorium

Thanks. Ever since I was a little kid I wanted this. You don't know. [Laughs] My brother's sittin' there, he says, "Thank God we don't have to listen to any more. You can do it now." My mom's home, everybody's watching.

I have to thank the people at Paramount. I have to thank Jerry Zucker for taking the time he took before he decided to use me, because it meant he was sure that it was for me. I have to thank Patrick Swayze, who's a stand-up guy, and went to them and said, "I want to do it with her." I want to thank Demi.

I want to thank everybody who makes movies. I come from New York. As a little kid I lived in the projects, and you're the people I watched. You're the people wanted—made me want to be an actor. I'm so proud to be here. I'm proud to be an actor and I'm gonna keep on acting. And thank you so much.

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