Year: 2004 (77th) Academy Awards
Category: Best Picture
Film Title: Million Dollar Baby
Winner: Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy and Tom Rosenberg, Producers
Presenter: Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman
Date & Venue: February 27, 2005; Kodak Theatre
Albert S. Ruddy was the one who gave us this script. And I came here in 1972, was it? It was '72, to give him the Oscar for "The Godfather". So, I'm glad to be back with him tonight.
ALBERT S. RUDDY:
Actually, this is the third award ceremony we've gotten to in this category, and tonight we won. And I would tell you every time I started going to this thing, I'd say, "I'm going to enjoy myself whether I win or lose." But believe me, as Arnold said, it's better to win! I love it. Thank you, everybody.
Now, this is a great honor that celebrates the talent of Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and the genius of Clint Eastwood. Now, one other quick--I want to thank Anjelica Huston, who introduced me to F.X. Toole, and Paul Haggis for writing a brilliant screenplay. The only thing left for me to do in my life now is thank my wife, who believed when I was worried; my two great children. I'm going to sit down and get a piece of lemon pie with the real filling, I'm going to look at this, and then I'm going to die and go to heaven. Thank you.
[Music begins to play.]
I want to thank Warner Bros., Alan Horn, Steve Spira...
Keep talking. Don't let them drown you out.
And I especially want to thank my partners, Gary Lucchesi and Terry McKay, and everybody at Lakeshore. And of course, the fantastic and fabulous Clint Eastwood. And my other partner, Elizabeth Alkon.
And everybody at the Mission Ranch in Monterey County who is watching the show.
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