Year: 2008 (81st) Academy Awards
Category: Art Direction
Film Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Winner: Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
Presenter: Sarah Jessica Parker, Daniel Craig
Date & Venue: February 22, 2009; Kodak Theatre
DONALD GRAHAM BURT:
Wow. We'd like to thank the Academy for this wonderful honor. We first and foremost want to thank our crews that we had in our art departments, and those crews were in New Orleans, in Montreal, in St. Thomas, and here in Los Angeles. We want to thank our producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and my dear friend of many years, Ceán Chaffin. And I said at another awards ceremony that our producers were great because they did what every producer should ever do and that is leave us alone.
I want to recognize one person who's been very special to me over these last few years and somebody that I just think is a brilliant director and even more so a wonderful human being, and that's my friend David Fincher. And I want to recognize him because I think he did so much to make this movie so special. And this movie means so much to me and I want him to know that. I thank, um, that's it. I want to thank my lovely wife for everything she's done for me.
VICTOR J. ZOLFO:
Thank you, everybody, and thank you, Academy. And thank you, Mom and Dad. I love you.
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