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Year: 1996 (69th) Academy Awards

Category: Documentary (Short Subject)

Film Title: Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien

Winner: Jessica Yu

Presenter: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith

Date & Venue: March 24, 1997; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center

What a thrill. You know you've entered new territory when you realize that your outfit cost more than your film. You think I'm joking, but... This was a labor of love involving much of both from some very wonderful people. Sandy Close from Pacific News Service, Shana Hagan, Sandra Tsing Loh, my family, the funders, the good people at "Reel Life," and my dear husband Mark Salzman. But my deepest thanks must go to Mark O'Brien. He is a gifted writer who has lived for the past forty-one years paralyzed in an iron lung. Mark hates to be called brave or courageous because he's never wanted to be seen as a hero, but, more importantly, as a human being. Well, Mark, it was not your bravery but your humanity that earned this award. Cheers.

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