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Year: 1993 (66th) Academy Awards

Category: Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

Film Title: The Piano

Winner: Jane Campion

Presenter: Jeremy Irons

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

Well, when I was a student, which doesn't feel like so very long ago, I used to feel deeply cynical about awards nights like this, but tonight I'm really overwhelmed. In fact I've been close to tears a few times. And I'm just very pleased to be here and very proud to win this award. And I'd like to say a very big thank you to my actors: Holly; Anna; Harvey and Sam who aren't here but were such gorgeous, tender, and vulnerable men in "The Piano." I'd like to say, Michael Nyman, your music was just so extraordinary. To me it was the heart of the film. Jan, thank you for being my friend and producer. A great big kiss to you, Colin, my husband. And a special thank you to the Miramax brothers, Harvey and Bob, for bringing this film to America. Thank you very much.

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