Year: 1995 (68th) Academy Awards
Category: Foreign Language Film
Film Title: Antonia's Line
Winner: The Netherlands (accepted by director Marleen Gorris)
Presenter: Mel Gibson
Date & Venue: March 25, 1996; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Some people have called "Antonia's Line" a fairy tale. Perhaps it is, and that it should win an Oscar is a fairy tale come true for all of us involved in its making. I should like to thank the members of the Academy for this tremendous honor. I'd also like to thank my producer Hans de Weers for his patience and perseverance. My script editor and translator, Anthony Davis, for his lifelong friendship. My first assistant and friend, Maria Uitdehaag, for her invaluable help and support. And of course my mother, without whom I wouldn't have all this fun.
My thanks also to my Belgian and English co-producers, Nino Lombardo and Judy Counihan. And I can't begin to express my gratitude to the marvelous cast of "Antonia's Line," in particular Willeke van Ammelrooy for her fine "Antonia." And of course many, many, many thanks to the Dutch, Belgian and English crew members, and specifically the director of photography Willy Stassen. Lastly, I want to express my thanks to the American distributor of "Antonia's Line," First Look Pictures. Ellen Little decided last year at Cannes that this obscure Dutch film was a film that people in the States really should see. And here it is. Thank you all very much.
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