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Year: 2006 (79th) Academy Awards
Film Title: The Departed
Winner: Martin Scorsese
Presenter: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola
Date & Venue: February 25, 2007; Kodak Theatre
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Rick! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Please, please. Thank you. Thank you. Could you double-check the envelope? Thank you. I mean, I'm overwhelmed with this honor with the Academy and also the honor of being presented by my old, old friends. We go back thirty-seven years. I'm so moved. I'm so moved.
I've got to thank Warner Bros.' Alan Horn and Dan and Jeff, and I've got to thank our producers Brad Grey and Graham King and Mac Brown and my old friend Joe Reidy, we're working for twenty years. And Rick Yorn and John Lesher and Chris Donnelly and Ari Emanuel. And that crazy script by Bill Monahan that got me in all this trouble in the first place. And Andrew Lau's original film from Hong Kong, the wonderful Asian cinema. And Michael Ballhaus on camera and Howard Shore's wonderful score and my old, good friend Thelma Schoonmaker. Ellen Lewis for her casting. And so much of this belongs to the cast, I can't tell you. Jack Nicholson for his courage and his inspiration. Leo DiCaprio, six-and-a-half year's work we've done together; I hope another twelve, another fifteen. Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Ray Winstone and Vera Farmiga and Marty Sheen.
I just want to say, too, that so many people over the years have been wishing this for me, strangers, you know. I go walking in the street people say something to me, I go in a doctor's office, I go in a...whatever...elevators, people are saying, "You should win one, you should win one." I go for an x-ray, "You should win one." And I'm saying,"Thank you." An then friends of mine over the years and friends who are here tonight are wishing this for me and my family. I thank you. This is for you. And I want to thank my daughter Cathy, who is here tonight, who worked on the film. And Domenica, my wife Helen, and our little Francesca, who's seven years old, who's watching right now. Francesca, stay up for another ten minutes but then jump up and down and make a lot of noise at the hotel. Okay. I'll see you in the morning. Thank you.
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