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Year: 2011 (84th) Academy Awards
Category: Best Picture
Film Title: The Artist
Winner: Thomas Langmann, Producer (accompanied on stage by director Michel Hazanavicius and 12 additional members of the cast and crew)
Presenter: Tom Cruise
Date & Venue: February 26, 2012; Hollywood & Highland Center
I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to you, members of the Academy, to you, Harvey, not only because we receive tonight the award that any filmmaker would ever dream to receive, but because you're offering me tonight the opportunity to pay tribute to a member of this Academy that I miss so much: the Oscar winner Claude Berri. And he directed movies like "The Two of Us," "Jean de Florette," and produced and worked with directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Milos Forman, Pedro Almodovar, Roman Polanski. And I always thought and remember, will I ever one day be able to work with such director, a director that could stand in front of these example? And tonight I know I do, because I am the producer of Michel Hazanavicius. And I am glad to be his producer.
Okay, thank you. I'd like to say very, very important things. I want to say hi to my kids, and it's six in the morning in Paris so you should go to bed in thirty seconds. I want to say to my wife, Bérénice Bejo, who's here, that I love you. But it's not just that, it's about the movie. You inspired the movie and you're the soul of the movie and the positive feeling of the movie. Thank you for being this in the movie and in my life. And I want to thank three person: I want to thank Billy Wilder. I want to thank Billy Wilder. And I want to thank Billy Wilder. Thank you very much.
[Ed. note: Thomas Langmann is the son of Claude Berri.]
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