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Year: 1996 (69th) Academy Awards
Category: Actress in a Leading Role
Film Title: Fargo
Winner: Frances McDormand
Presenter: Nicolas Cage
Date & Venue: March 24, 1997; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center
It is impossible to maintain one's composure in this situation. What am I doing here? Especially considering the extraordinary group of women with whom I was nominated. We five women were fortunate to have the choice, not just the opportunity but the choice, to play such rich, complex female characters. And I congratulate producers like Working Title and Polygram for allowing directors to make autonomous casting decisions based on qualifications and not just market value. And I encourage writers and directors to keep these really interesting female roles coming, and while you're at it you can throw in a few for the men as well.
My family, friends and colleagues here tonight and all around the world, they know exactly who they are, you know who you are. And I hope you already know how much your support and your care means to me, but I'm gonna name three. The co-writer/director and producer of "Fargo," Mr. Ethan Coen, who helped make an actor of me. His brother, Mr. Joel Coen, who made a woman of me. And our moon and our sun, Mr. Pedro McDormand Coen, who has made a real mother of me. Thank you for acknowledging our work.
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