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Year: 1993 (66th) Academy Awards

Category: Music (Original Song)

Song Title: "Streets Of Philadelphia"

Film Title: Philadelphia

Winner: Music and Lyric by Bruce Springsteen

Presenter: Whitney Houston

Date & Venue: March 21, 1994; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Thank you. Gee, this is the first song I ever wrote for a motion picture, so I guess it's all downhill from here. Neil [Young], I gotta share this with you.

You do your best work and you hope that it pulls out the best in your audience and some piece of it spills over into the real world and into people's everyday lives, and it takes the edge off of fear and allows us to recognize each other through our veil of differences. I always thought that was one of the things popular art was supposed to be about, along with the merchandising and all the other stuff. But I just want to say thank you, Jonathan, for having me as a part of your picture. I'm glad my song has contributed to its ideas and its acceptance. Love you, Pats. And thank you all for inviting me to your party.

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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]