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Year: 1997 (70th) Academy Awards
Category: Best Picture
Film Title: Titanic
Winner: James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
Presenter: Sean Connery
Date & Venue: March 23, 1998; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center
So this morning I woke up and couldn't wait for the day to be over. Now I don't want it to stop. I can't act and I can't compose and I can't do visual effects, so I guess that's why I'm producing. But I have a lot of people that I have to thank on behalf of both Jim and myself. I want to thank all the nominees here this evening, and all the people that again they've already thanked. Our incredible cast, we would not be here without you. My wife Julie, my sons Jamie and Jody. Rae Sanchini, who is absolutely one of the best people in this industry. My mom and dad, Edie and Ely. And now a run through our quick list of credits here: Josh McLaglen, Mali Finn, Gig Rackauskas, Simon Crane, Jimmy Muro, John Buckley, Lloyd Moriarity, Charles Lee, Martin Laing, Roger Barton, Charlie Arneson, Steve Quayle, Kevin De LaNoy, Lance Julian, Roger Hanna, Tommy Gordon, Les Collins, Tony Graysmark, Doug Fenton, Harry Heeks, Randy Gerston, Grant Hill, Sharon Mann and Anna Roth. This movie would not have been made except for the conviction and belief of Peter Chernin, Bill Mechanic, Tom Sherak, Jim Gianopulos, Tom Rothman, Sanford Panitch, Vicki Rossellini, Ted Gagliano, Mike Jenkinson, Jim Darbirian, Hilary Clark*, Jon Dolgen, Sherry Lansing, Rob Friedman, John Goldwyn, Arthur Cohen, Wayne Lewellen, Nancy Goliger, Blaise Noto, Greg Brilliant, John Rentsch, Allison Jackson, Maren Moebius, and Steve Panama*. We would not be here without an incredible screenwriter who wrote a great script, Jim Cameron.
I think Jon saw "Shine" too many times. He thanked everybody and did everything I was going to say. And my eyes are still sort of doing pinwheels from the last one, so I just want to say a couple of things. We're here tonight to celebrate the magic of movies. And I'm grateful every day to get to be a part of that magic and a practitioner in it, and I love it. And tonight has been such a great celebration for us. And it seems to somehow express this strange wave that's happened with "Titanic," where people all over the world have opened their hearts to this movie. And that's so gratifying to all of us that worked on it and we'll be forever grateful to them, the audience, and I know a lot of you are watching at home.
In the midst of all this euphoria, it's kind of hard for us to remember that this euphoria and the success is for a film that's based on a real event that happened, where real people died, that shocked the world in 1912. So I'd just like everybody to go with me just for a second on something here. I'd like to do a few seconds of silence in remembrance of the 1,500 men, women and children who died when the great ship died. The message of "Titanic" of course is, that if the great ship can sink, the unthinkable can happen, the future is unknowable, the only thing that we truly own is today. Life is precious. So during these few seconds I'd like you to also listen to the beating of your own heart which is the most precious thing in the world. Join me please in a few seconds of silence for "Titanic" . . . . Thank you very much. That's about as much as I'm sure Gil Cates can stand. All right, you've really made this a night to remember in every way. Now let's go party till dawn.
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