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Year: 2003 (76th) Academy Awards
Category: Actress in a Supporting Role
Film Title: Cold Mountain
Winner: Renée Zellweger
Presenter: Chris Cooper
Date & Venue: February 29, 2004; Kodak Theatre
I am overwhelmed. I am overwhelmed. Thank you. I would like to thank the Academy for inviting me here tonight alongside so many talented people: Holly, Patricia, Marcia and Shohreh. I am honored, honored to be here with you.
I'm standing here because of so many people, and I would like to thank them now if I could. Charles Frazier, thank you for your masterpiece and the gift of "Ruby." I have to thank the producers, cast and crew of "Cold Mountain." I'll never forget it, never, because of you. Especially Jude and Nicole. Such a privilege to go to work every day with you. Such a privilege, my friends, thank you. Anthony Minghella, you are brilliant and I care so much for you. Thank you for all that you taught me, for making me be better and for your friendship. My friends at Miramax, for making this film, especially Harvey and Meryl Poster. Quite a gamble. Thank you for doing it.
My fellows at CAA, Brandt and Bryan and Kevin, and Jenny Rawlings who takes such good care of me. Actors Clearinghouse for the good start. Sims Ellison. Vincent D'Onofrio, for teaching me how to work. Tom Cruise, for showing me that, very early on, kindness and success are not mutually exclusive. And finally and most importantly in my life, my glorious family, my immigrant mom and dad. Thank you for never saying "don't try." My brother, who I love so much, and his new wife, who clapped the loudest and laughed the loudest. I love you so much. Nanci Ryder, who's always there. And my beloved John Carrabino. Thank you for sharing this journey with me, every day of it. Without you there would be none of this. Thank you for dreaming so much bigger than I would ever dare to dream and for making me believe. I love you. This is for you. Thank you.
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