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Year: 2001 (74th) Academy Awards

Category: Actress in a Supporting Role

Film Title: A Beautiful Mind

Winner: Jennifer Connelly

Presenter: Benicio Del Toro

Date & Venue: March 24, 2002; Kodak Theatre

Hello. Okay, I brought paper because I didn't want to forget.

Thank you to the members of the Academy for this honor. By some beautiful twist of fate I've landed in this vocation that demands that I feel and helps me to learn. I know film has moved or taught me more than a beautiful mind. Thank you to all of our magnificent cast and crew for their invaluable collaboration and most especially to Ron Howard and to Russell Crowe. Thanks to all the artists who have inspired me and the list is too long.

Thanks to my dearest ones who give me love and support, Risa Shapiro, Carrie Ross*, my family and friends. I believe in love, that there is nothing more important. Alicia Nash is a true champion of love, and so thank you to her for her example. My son Kai is for me the greatest messenger, and so thank you to him for all of our days. Thank you very much.

[*Spelling not confirmed.]

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