Year: 2008 (81st) Academy Awards
Category: Short Film (Live Action)
Film Title: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Winner: Jochen Alexander Freydank
Presenter: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Janusz Kaminski
Date & Venue: February 22, 2009; Kodak Theatre
JOCHEN ALEXANDER FREYDANK:
This is almost a surreal moment for me, 'cause I grew up in East Germany, so behind the wall. So West Germany was far away from me. Hollywood was really far away, and the Oscar, now--it's incredible. And I thank the Academy.
I directed this movie. Unfortunately, I produced it as well, as I spent four years of my life on this fourteen-minute movie. And it was a story I really wanted to tell. And I thank all my cast and crew. I had wonderful actors to work with. I thank my co-writer Johann Bunners. I thank my cinematographer Cico Nicolaisen, my composer Ingo Frenzel. Thanks to all of you guys. And of course, I hope this bald head here is gonna help all of us in our future career. Thank you very much.
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