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Year: 1991 (64th) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Original Song)
Song Title: "Beauty And The Beast"
Film Title: Beauty and the Beast
Winner: Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Howard Ashman (Bill Lauch accepted for Ashman)
Presenter: Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli
Date & Venue: March 30, 1992; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
On behalf of Howard, I know if he were here he would want to thank Angela Lansbury for her incomparable performance of the song in the movie as "Mrs. Potts," and also Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for their performance. Also thanks to Walter A. and Robbie Buchanan for their work on the single. And accepting for Howard will be Bill Lauch.
Thanks, Alan. Howard and I shared a home and a life together and I'm very happy and very proud to accept this for him. But it is bittersweet. This is the first Academy Award given to someone we've lost to AIDS. In working on "Beauty and the Beast" Howard faced incredible personal challenges but always gave his best. And what made that possible was an atmosphere of understanding, love and support. That's something everyone facing AIDS not only needs, but deserves. There's an inscription at Howard's grave in Baltimore. It reads, "O, that he had one more song to sing." We'll never hear that song, but I'm deeply grateful for this tribute you've given to what he left behind. For Howard, I thank you.
[Ed. note: Mr. Ashman passed away on 3/14/1991.]
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