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Year: 1994 (67th) Academy Awards

Category: Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

Film Title: Forrest Gump

Winner: Eric Roth

Presenter: Anthony Hopkins

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

ERIC ROTH:
I don't believe this. Well, I'm going to shorten my speech considerably -- three-hole paper. I'm a very lucky man. I'm just blessed. Lucky to have an agent like the sublime Jane Sindell. Lucky to have a dear friend and producer like Wendy Finerman who moved mountains. Lucky to work for Paramount Studios' Sherry Lansing, John Goldwyn, and a writer's best friend, Michelle Manning. Lucky to have a majestic actor, Tom Hanks, who gave "Forrest" his heart, his memorable voice and such great dignity. Lucky to have the remarkable director Bob Zemeckis who gave "Forrest" a sense of humor, its irony, and its style and simple eloquence. Lucky to be the son of Mimi and Leon Roth who are up there somewhere [referring to the balcony section], who gave me their love for movies and their love for life. Lucky to have known Linda. Lucky to have all my wonderful children growing straight and tall, Vanessa, and Mark, and Joshua, and Juliet, the great Samantha, my boy Jeffrey, and little Alec. And lucky to be married to the bluest eyes around, Deborah Greenfield, who gives me so much joy and always keeps me honest. To paraphrase "Forrest," who knew a good thing when he saw it: I may not be the smartest man around, but I know what love is. I sure do. Thank you.

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