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Year: 1994 (67th) Academy Awards

Category: Actress in a Leading Role

Film Title: Blue Sky

Winner: Jessica Lange

Presenter: Tom Hanks

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

I want to thank the Academy so much. This is such a wonderful honor, especially for a little film that seemed to have no future. And it's just such a great honor. I want to thank Orion Films, past and present, especially Marc Platt for letting us do this very peculiar little film in the first place. And my dear friend Lynn Arost, the producer, who really stuck by the film even when it was sitting on a shelf in a bank vault in New York City. To the writers of course, who created a marvelous character. To the players, a wonderful group of actors that I was fortunate to work with, especially Mr. Tommy Lee Jones who really made the performance that I gave possible. This is really a tribute to Tony Richardson. He loved actors. He loved everything about it. He loved the acting, and he was the perfect person for me to work with. He just kept nudging me over the edge, and with a character like this it's exactly what I needed. And last of all, to my three children, who make all of this possible with their love and patience. So thank you very, very much.

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