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Year: 1998 (71st) Academy Awards
Category: Best Picture
Film Title: Shakespeare in Love
Winner: David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick and Marc Norman, Producers
Presenter: Harrison Ford
Date & Venue: March 21, 1999; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Wow, this is just fantastic. Thank you to the members of the Academy. We share this award with John Madden, because we wouldn't be up here without him. He made us look real good, and that there is no director, that -- he's a producer's dream. The other people that we share this with -- I think I'm forgetting them -- are my own personal lucky charm, Ms. Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck -- I saw you there. Rupert Everett, and -- David, come help me here for a minute please...
Well, we'd also like to thank Universal who, with Ed and Marc, started all of this. And Miramax, who had the courage to finish it.
Our fantastic crew. And who else are we thanking?
I'd like to thank Mark Cooper, Cleone Clarke, and my partner in all things, Liz Barron. Thank you.
The other guy that we really need to thank, though, is Harvey Weinstein, who had the guts, the courage, the commitment to make this picture and get it done. Here he is. Say a few words...
This was an ensemble film, and it took an ensemble team to make it. I want to thank at Disney: Michael Eisner and Joe Roth, who've given me great latitude and great support. At Universal: Edgar Bronfman, Ron Meyer, Stacey, Nadia Bronson, Chris McGurk. At Miramax: My brilliant Meryl Poster, my head of production who rocks the universe and makes us look good. Oh man, Julie Goldstein, who is the most persevering, brilliant executive producer. To Bob Osher, to Mark Gill and Marcy Granata, who are the one and two most dynamite marketing team.
And your brother Bob...
I'm getting there, okay. I don't know, we made this movie -- this is a movie about life and art. And art and life combining is called magic. For me, this was a great experience, a passion, for five years. And nobody inspires me more than my brother Bob, who is my partner and best friend every day. My loving wife Eve; my two rotten kids, Lily and Emma; my beautiful nieces, Sarah and Nicole; and my mom Miriam. The Miriam of Miramax [music begins to play] who makes Jewish mothers look good. Okay, and the rest of you guys, thank you.
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