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Year: 2006 (79th) Academy Awards
Category: Foreign Language Film
Film Title: The Lives of Others
Winner: Germany (accepted by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
Presenter: Clive Owen, Cate Blanchett
Date & Venue: February 25, 2007; Kodak Theatre
FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK:
Oh my god. I was already crying after Tornatore's film.
I thank you Academy members from the bottom of my heart for this honor. And I thank Michael and Tom from Sony Classics for choosing "The Lives of Others" and bringing it to you. I thank Germany and Bavaria for making this film possible. My great department heads for making this film with me. Schwarzenegger for teaching me that the words "I can't" should be stricken from my vocabulary. And my entire crew. I thank my producers, commissioning editors, distributors, financiers. I thank my brother Sebastian for helping with the script and Frau Baumbauer for believing in me. But most of all I thank my actors, especially Ulrich and Sebastian, you're the greatest artists and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Finally, my wife Christiane...[music begins]. No, I have to say that one more thing, just that one more thing. Christiane, I love you.
[Ed. note: The presentation of the award followed a film clip montage by Giuseppe Tornatore celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Foreign Language Film Award.]
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