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Year: 2009 (82nd) Academy Awards
Category: Best Picture
Film Title: The Hurt Locker
Winner: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers (Chartier not present; accompanied on stage by actors Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pierce, exec. producer Tony Mark, cinematographer Barry Ackroyd)
Presenter: Tom Hanks
Date & Venue: March 7, 2010; Kodak Theatre
Thank you so much. This has been such a dream, beyond a dream, for all of us who have lived for so long with this story. And, you know, we had this fantasy of making our film our way with the talent that we hoped to have, and hopefully we would find a distributor and somebody might even like the movie. So to be standing here, this was really, truly, honestly never part of anything we even imagined in our wildest dreams. So thank you so much to each and every member of the Academy for really honoring us beyond anything we could've imagined.
Thank you to the Academy. This is really unreal and extremely humbling. We also have to thank our intrepid financier and fellow producer, Nicolas Chartier, who bet on this movie when no one else would. The incredible support that we got from CAA, particularly Joel Lubin, Roeg Sutherland, Brian Siberell. Our entire cast and crew, and our fearless director.
Our fearless director. And also, we owe a deep debt of gratitude, by the way, to Summit Entertainment and Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger for distributing this film. And thank you, Mom. I forgot to thank you before.
I was just gonna reiterate that with Rob and Patrick, who took a very brave shot with this movie, and we owe them dearly. And perhaps one more dedication: To men and women all over the world who, sorry to reiterate, but wear a uniform. But even not just the military – hazmat, emergency, firemen. You know, they're there for us and we're there for them. Thank you. Thank you.
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