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Year: 2001 (74th) Academy Awards

Category: Short Film (Live Action)

Film Title: the accountant

Winner: Ray McKinnon, Lisa Blount (accompanied on stage by producer Walton Goggins)

Presenter: Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman

Date & Venue: March 24, 2002; Kodak Theatre

I thought we were going to get a little short one. We'd like to thank the Academy for this wonderful honor in a category that still allows for a person who is just burning to make a movie to load the camera in the back of his daddy's old truck, gather up some talented dreamers and do it. And if the stars align and the fates conspire that person might find themselves standing right here at the good God Almighty Academy Awards. I want to thank everybody who helped us on our film, especially my two partners here, my true friend Walton Goggins and my dear and beautiful wife Lisa Blount.

As one door was seemingly closing in my life, another door opened. And I only have one person to thank for that, my husband Ray McKinnon.

I just get to thank our momma and daddies and Eddie King, Blake Jackson. And Red, we might be able to pay you back. Thank you.

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