Year: 2000 (73rd) Academy Awards
Category: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Winner: Dino De Laurentiis
Presenter: Anthony Hopkins
Date & Venue: March 25, 2001; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center
DINO DE LAURENTIIS:
Thank you. Thank you very much with this big heart. I thank you, Tony. You're a fantastic guy. He's a great actor. He's a great human being.
I want to say thank you to [the] Board of Governors for this great honor. But my gratitude go[es] to six beautiful women. They love me, they keep me young: my wife Martha, my daughter[s] Veronica, Raffaella, Francesca, Carolyna, little Dina -- for the moment.
I must say I've been very lucky in my life. Three continents, different culture[s], through good times and not-so-good times, but today wonderful times, had the privilege to work with the greatest masters of film. Let me dedicate this happy hour to the Italian film industry with the hope they come back in life with new talent and fresh ideas.
In my life I am proud especial[ly] about one thing, to give the opportunity to so many young director[s] for the first time. And this I want to say something to the big studio[s]: Don't be afraid about young talent. New mind[s], young mind[s] are the future of tomorrow['s] films. And remember, Irving Thalberg himself was only twenty-three years old when he run MGM.
Finally, let me share this award with all people, talented people, all the young working on my films behind the camera. Thanks to them and to everybody who buy tickets -- especially for my movie[s]. Thank you very much. Goodbye.
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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]