Year: 2002 (75th) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To Peter O'Toole, whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.
Presenter: Meryl Streep
Date & Venue: March 23, 2003; Kodak Theatre
Meryl Streep, members of the Academy, distinguished guests, viewers, ladies and gentlemen. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride – my foot! I have my very own Oscar now to be with me till death us do part.
I wish the Academy to know that I am as delighted as I am honored. And I am honored. The magic of the movies enraptured me when I was a child; as I totter into antiquity, movie magic enraptures me still. Having already bagged this baby, as it were, and so spared uncertainties prior to the opening of an envelope, I'm able to think. I think of our colleagues, our old friends, now gone, who played their parts in this ceremony. I think of the sumptuous talents alive and well and with us now. I think of the astonishing young, the gifted and able young men and women who I meet practically every time I go to work and from whom I grab energy in handfuls. I think of the United States and of the loves and friendships I've known here for more than half a century, and of how much the nation has given to me both personally, privately and professionally. And I am deeply thankful. And now, at this last, you have given me this delightful shock. You're very good. Good night and God bless you.
© Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]