Year: 1995 (68th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: Leaving Las Vegas
Winner: Nicolas Cage
Presenter: Jessica Lange
Date & Venue: March 25, 1996; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Three and a half million dollar budget, some 16mm film stock thrown in, and I'm holding one of these. I have got to thank the members of the Academy for this, for including me in this group of super talents and for helping me blur the line between art and commerce with this award. I know it's not hip to say it, but I just love acting, and I hope that there'll be more encouragement for alternative movies where we can experiment and fast forward into the future of acting.
Let me thank the awesome, multi-talented Mike Figgis. My incredible, amazing co-star Elisabeth Shue. I am going to share this award with both of you and the late John O'Brien, whose spirit moved me so much. Tony Dingman, Annie Stewart -- the producers, Annie Stewart and Stuart Regen, everyone at MGM/UA and Lumiere. I'd like to thank Ed Limato, my colleagues Gerry Harrington, Jeff Levine, Richard Lovett. Everyone in my family, my gorgeous wife Patricia. And I just finally want to say: Hi, Weston. It's Daddy. I love you. Thank you.
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