Year: 2004 (77th) Academy Awards
Film Title: Million Dollar Baby
Winner: Clint Eastwood
Presenter: Julia Roberts
Date & Venue: February 27, 2005; Kodak Theatre
Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. I'd like to thank my wife, who is my best pal, down here. And my mother, who was here with me in 1993. She was only eighty-four then. But she's here with me again tonight. So, at ninety-six, I'm thanking her for her genes.
It was a wonderful adventure. To make a picture in thirty-seven days it takes a well-oiled machine. And that well-oiled machine is a crew--the cast, of course, you've met a lot of them, but there's still Margo and Anthony and Michael and Mike and Jay and everybody else who was so fabulous in this cast. And the crew: Campanelli and Billy Coe and, of course, Tom Stern, who is fantastic. And Henry Bumstead, the great Henry Bumstead, who is the head of our crack geriatrics team. And Henry and Jack Taylor and Dick Goddard, all those guys. And Walt and everybody. I can't think of everybody now; I'm beginning to get a blank--but, Warren [Beatty], you were right. And thank you for your confidence earlier in the evening.
I'm just lucky to be here. Lucky to be still working. And I watched Sidney Lumet out there, who is eighty, and I figure, I'm just a kid. I've got a lot of stuff to do yet. So thank you all very much. Appreciate it.
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