Year: 1991 (64th) Academy Awards
Category: Actress in a Leading Role
Film Title: The Silence of the Lambs
Winner: Jodie Foster
Presenter: Michael Douglas
Date & Venue: March 30, 1992; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
This has been such an incredible year. And I'd like to dedicate this award to all of the women who came before me who never had the chances that I've had, and the survivors and the pioneers and the outcasts; and my blood, my tradition. And I'd like to thank all of the people in this industry who have respected my choices and who have not been afraid of the power and the dignity that that entitled me to.
And I'd like to thank Ted Tally, and Thomas Harris, Jesse Kornbluth, everybody at Orion—the way it used to be, and the way it will always be in my heart. John Douglas and everybody at Quantico. The incredible cast and crew of "Silence of the Lambs" that Jonathan put together. And of course, the reason that I'm here, Anthony Hopkins. Quid pro quo, Doctor. And my guru, Jonathan Demme, not just for his talent but for his goodness; I promise you.
And I'd like to thank my team of people, the only people I talk to every single day. My agent and friend, Joe Funicello, thank you. And Matt Saver, Pat Kingsley. I'd like to thank my family and my family of friends—the trusted ones, the circle. And most of all I'd like to thank my mother Brandy, my friend, the person who has loved me so much and so well that she taught me in inimitable "Little Man Tate" fashion to fly away. Thank you. And thank the Academy for embracing such an incredibly strong and beautiful feminist hero that I am so proud of. Thank you very much. Mike and Carol, you won the bet. Right on!
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