Year: 1996 (69th) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To Michael Kidd in recognition of his services to the art of the dance in the art of the screen.
Presenter: Julie Andrews
Date & Venue: March 24, 1997; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center
Thank you, Jools. Jools, you're a treasure for being here. Thank you.
I didn't know how to handle all this, but my wife Shelah, who was my assistant on many of these pictures and naturally bore the brunt of my grouchiness, said to me: Michael, the Academy is honoring you. For once stop being Mr. Bah Humbug and try to enjoy it, at least for your family and friends' sake. Well, she's not only beautiful, she's right. So, Shelah, and Matthew, Amy, Kris, and Susan -- and even Julie [Andrews] who calls me an old curmudgeon -- and the many friends who wrote or phoned with the same message, once the reality of all this sinks in I promise to enjoy it. I've even had my glasses tinted slightly rose-colored.
So many of today's films stress the terrors that await us. Perhaps this award signifies an awareness that we have been missing something, namely the vitality and the joy of living that movie musicals can express in song and dance. I thank the Academy for this tribute. I accept it in the name of all choreographers and especially the dancers who made it all possible. We feel honored. Thank you.
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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]