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Year: 2012 (85th) Academy Awards
Film Title: Life of Pi
Winner: Ang Lee
Presenter: Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas
Date & Venue: February 24, 2013; Dolby Theatre
Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you, movie god. I really need to share this with all three thousand, everybody worked with me on "Life of Pi." I want to thank you for… I really want to thank you for believing this story and share this incredible journey with me. I need to thank Yann Martel for writing this incredible, inspiring book. Everyone at Fox, thank you for taking the leap with me, especially Tom Rothman, Jim Gianopulos and Elizabeth Gabler. My producers: Gil Netter, David Womark, David Lee.
Wonderful cast. Suraj, where are you? You're a miracle. He's playing the young "Pi," carrying the movie. Every one of you in the cast... I cannot waste this time talking about them... I really... you're the golden statue in my heart. I cannot make this movie without the help of Taiwan. We shot there. I want to thank everybody there helped us, especially the city of Taichung. My Indian crew, I love you. My Canadian crew, I love you. My family in Taiwan. My wife, Jane Lin – we'll be married thirty years this summer – I love you. My boys, Han and Mason, thank you for your support. Finally, my agent Carin Sage and lawyer[s] Ira Schreck and Joe Dapello – I have to do that, especially for this movie. It's great to have your support. Thank you, Academy. Xie xie. Namaste.
[Ed. note: During his press interview backstage, Mr. Lee commented: "I have to say I screw up little bit because there are six Indian names I want to mention and I couldn't say them very fast, so I skip them. They're Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil, Ayush, and then a French movie star, Gérard Depardieu, and English actor Rafe Spall."]
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