Year: 2000 (73rd) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To Ernest Lehman, in appreciation of a body of varied and enduring work.
Presenter: Julie Andrews
Date & Venue: March 25, 2001; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center
Thank you, you big, beautiful audience. As for my fair lady [to Julie Andrews], your words were the sound of music to my ears.
To the Board of Governors of our blessed Academy, you cannot imagine how happy you've made me. I accept this rarest of honors on behalf of all screenwriters everywhere, but especially those in the Writers Guild of America. We have suffered anonymity far too often. I appeal to all movie critics and feature writers to please always bear in mind that a film production begins and ends with a screenplay. However, this glorious night is demonstrating that film belongs to many: to the creators of original works, to superbly talented actors, directors, producers, and to gifted collaborators. Had it not been for all of them, I certainly would not be up here having one of the most exciting nights in a long lifetime.
I dedicate this Oscar to my dear, departed wife Jacqueline, to my sons Roger and Alan, my daughter-in-law Julie, and to my sweet, darling wife Laurie, who has given me a whole new happy life. And now, on with this great show.
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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]