Academy Award Winners for Best Picture: Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy and Tom Rosenberg

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Best Pitcure Winner

CLINT EASTWOOD & ALBERT S. RUDDY & TOM ROSENBERG

BEST PICTURE

MILLION DOLLAR BABY

 

   
   



 

  ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Clint Eastwood: Albert S. Ruddy was the one who gave us this script. And I came here in 1972, was it? It was 72, to give him the Oscar for THE GODFATHER. So, I'm glad to be back with him tonight.

Albert S. Ruddy: Actually, this is the third award ceremony we've gotten to in this category. And tonight, we won. And I would tell you every time I started going to this thing, I'd say I'm going to enjoy myself whether I win or lose. But believe me, as Arnold said, "It's better to win!" I love it. Thank you, everybody. Now -- this is a great honor that celebrates the talent of Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, and the genius of Clint Eastwood. Now, one other quick -- I want to thank Anjelica Huston, who introduced me to F.X. Toole and Paul Haggis for writing a brilliant screenplay. And the only thing left for me to do in my life now, is thank my wife, who believed when I was worried. My two great children. I'm going to sit down, and get a piece of lemon pie with the real filling. I'm going to look at this. And then, I'm going to die and go to heaven. Thank you.

Tom Rosenberg: I want to thank Warner Brothers, Alan Horn, Steve Spira...

Clint: Keep talking. Don't let them drown you out.

Tom Rosenberg: And I'd like to thank my partners, Gary Lucchesi and Terry McKay. And everybody at Lakeshore. And of course, the fantastic and fabulous, Clint Eastwood. And my other partner, Elizabeth Alkon.

Clint: And everybody at the Mission Ranch in Monterey county, who is watching the show.

 
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