Year: 2008 (81st) Academy Awards
Film Title: Slumdog Millionaire
Winner: Anthony Dod Mantle
Presenter: Natalie Portman, Ben Stiller
Date & Venue: February 22, 2009; Kodak Theatre
ANTHONY DOD MANTLE:
I found that very inspiring, Natalie and Ben. If I could use as few words on a set on a film like "Slumdog" and get away with it, I wish I could. I wish I could. It's fantastic.
I could thank thousands of people. I can't do it. I have to, of course, thank the Academy. I'm very honored with this beautiful thing. Everybody who has worked with me on this film--all over this room, especially over in this little corner here, in the blue corner. And all the people that worked on all the films I've done for the last twenty years, they're with me tonight. I'll try and thank you every day from now on. That's my new policy. I'll try and thank people more on set.
I want to thank, of course, the Academy for opening this door. And there's something that goes hand in hand with that, that's my wife. Because she keeps the door open when I come back. She doesn't slam it. And I want to thank her, 'cause she's amazing. Sanne, you're a lovely lady. She's a mother of two boys, August and Clements*, who are probably watching tonight. Now, get to bed! You're not meant to be up on the other side of the ocean. I want to thank my ma and pa, of course, my brother John and my sister Annie. Danny, it starts with you, but there are thousands of people with you and under you. They're all with me tonight. I wanna just thank you so much. Goodbye.
[*Name and spelling not confirmed.]
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