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Year: 1994 (67th) Academy Awards

Category: Actor in a Leading Role

Film Title: Forrest Gump

Winner: Tom Hanks

Presenter: Holly Hunter

Date & Venue: March 27, 1995; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center

TOM HANKS:
Thank you. I'm standing here in lieu of my fellow nominees who are just as deserving, if not more so, of this moment. I'm standing here because of an army of people who over the course of a back-breaking schedule that was set by Bob Zemeckis -- who worked much harder than I did and had much more at risk if our efforts were not successful. I'm empowered to stand here thanks to the ensemble of actors, men and women who I shared the screen with, who in ways that they will never understand made me a better actor. And I am standing here because the woman I share my life with has taught me and demonstrates for me every day just what love is.

I -- man, I feel as though I'm standing on magic legs in a special effects process shot that is too unbelievable to imagine and far too costly to make a reality. But here is my mark, and there is where I'm supposed to look. And believe me, the power and the pleasure and the emotion of this moment is a constant the speed of light. It will never be diminished, nor will my appreciation and the meaning between two simple words that I can only offer you here: Thank you. God bless you in this room and God bless you all around the world.

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