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Year: 1994 (67th) Academy Awards

Category: Music (Original Song)

Song Title: "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"

Film Title: The Lion King

Winner: Music by Elton John; Lyric by Tim Rice

Presenter: Sylvester Stallone

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

Many thanks to everyone at Disney and in particular, as it's a musical thing, Mr. Hans Zimmer. I'd also like to thank Denis Compton, a childhood hero of mine. Over to Elton.

Thank you very much. This is such an exciting night. I'd like to thank the members of the Academy for this incredible honor. To Hans Zimmer, who did a wonderful job with the songs. To everybody at Disney. To my parents, who are here tonight. To David, to John Reid, to my friends in Utah, and everyone who worked on this most enjoyable project. This is an incredible honor for me. I'd like to dedicate this award to my grandmother Ivy Sewell*. She died last week, and she was the one that sat me down at the piano when I was three and made me play. So I'm accepting this in her honor.

[*Name and spelling not confirmed.]

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