Year: 2008 (81st) Academy Awards
Category: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Winner: Jerry Lewis
Presenter: Eddie Murphy
Date & Venue: February 22, 2009; Kodak Theatre
Thank you. Thank you so very much. For most of my life, I thought that doing good for someone didn't mean you would receive commendation for that act of kindness, at least until now. This award touches my heart and the very depth of my soul because of who the award is from and those who will benefit. The humility I feel is staggering and I know it'll stay with me for the rest of my life. I thank you. I thank the Academy. And to all of you people from the movie business, it's such a joy being a part of you and everything you do. Thank you and good night.
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