The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998 TV Special)
Billy Crystal: Matt Damon is so young, the results in his category were tabulated by Fisher-Price Waterhouse."
Billy Crystal: A billion people are watching tonight - except for Linda Tripp, who's taping it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: My friend James Cameron and I made three films together: "True Lies," "Terminator," and "Terminator 2." Of course, that was during his early low-budget art-house period.
Jack Nicholson: Thank you very much to the members of the Academy for this, and I - the other nominees, some of them are very good friends of mine. And I am honored to be on any list with you, Bobby, Dusty, and you and your father, Mr. Damon, my old bike pal Fonda. We're very proud of the picture. We had like, I don't know, I've had a sinking feeling all night right up till here. Something about it. We had Jim Brooks, Maria Kavanaugh, Kristi Zea, Bridget Johnson, Peter Andros*, Laura Ziskin, so many producers on the picture I can't remember them all. Mr. Andrus and Mr. Brooks wrote the script, cast Miss Hunt, Mr. Kinnear, Cuba Gooding, Skeet Ulrich, Shirley Knight - I know Gil Cates is starting to sweat back there, now isn't he, Bill, isn't he? Go ahead with it? Alright. Sure. I would like to thank everybody here tonight for looking so good. I'd like to dedicate this to Miles Davis, Robert Mitchum, Shorty Smith, Joe Vitrano*, Ray Kramer, Rupert Crosse, J.T. Walsh and Luana Anders. They're not here anymore, but they're in my heart. And I thank you very much.
James Cameron: I don't know about you but I'm having a really great time. Every director that ever stood up here had his cast to thank, and I had a killer cast. They really threw down for me. So, Kate, Gloria, Leo, Kathy, Frances and Billy, Bill, Suzy, Lewis, and about eighty others, you guys gave me pure gold every day and I share this gold with you. Everybody else that I was going to thank either got an Oscar or a nomination so they're covered, except for my fellow producers Rae Sanchini and Jon Landau; Josh McLaglen; Rod Lurie; my brother Mike Cameron, who built the deep diving camera system. My lovely wife Linda, our two beautiful children, Dalton and Josephine. And my original producers, my parents, who are here tonight, Phillip and Shirley Cameron. Mom, Dad, there is no way that I can express to you what I'm feeling right now, my heart is full to bursting, except to say, I'm the king of the world!
Billy Crystal: So much has changed in the last year. Last year, the White House was complaining that there was too much sex in Hollywood...
Billy Crystal: [When Rabbi Marvin Heir wins for his documentary film "The Long Way Home"] What a night when your Rabbi wins an Oscar.
Billy Crystal: Ladies and Gentlemen, the beauty who charmed the beast, the Legendary Fay Wray.
Fay Wray: I can't believe it! How nice to be so near you, you're so good! Wonderful!
Billy Crystal: It's great to see you!
[Miss Wray rises from her seat]
Fay Wray: What do I do now, turn around?
Billy Crystal: You can just wave to everybody!
Billy Crystal: I'm Ralph Edwards and this is your life!
Billy Crystal: Goodie, I'm so glad my life is with you!
Fay Wray: We've got a scoop here! It's great to have you with us as all of these great stars of 70 Years of Oscar.
Robin Williams: [accepting his Oscar] Wow. This might be the first time I'm speechless. Thank you so much for this incredible honor. Thank you for putting me in a category with these four extraordinary men. Thank you, Ben and Matt - I still want to see some ID. Thank you, Gus Van Sant, for being so subtle you're almost subliminal. I want to thank the cast and crew, especially the people of South Boston - you're a can of corn, you're the best. I want to thank the Meshpucha Weinstein. Mazel tov! And I want to thank Marsha for being the woman who lights my soul on fire every morning. God bless you. And most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, "Wonderful, just have a back-up profession like welding." Thank you. God bless you.
Gary Rydstrom - Winner: Best Sound Mixing: The only time in my career I'm going to follow Robin Williams. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you most of all to Jim Cameron, whose passion for filmmaking makes all of us do our best work. And also, I think, with the great success of "Titanic" I hope that you attain the self-confidence you'll need to succeed in this business. I'd like to thank Jon Landau for the promise of points - no. I'd like to thank Paramount and Fox studios. Gloria Borders and everyone at Skywalker Sound. Tom Bellfort, Chris Boyes, their great editing crew, especially Ethan Van der Ryn, Gwen Whittle, and Hugh Waddell. Thanks to Lora Hirschberg; James Horner, for his beautiful music; Jim Henrikson; Joe E. Rand; Shawn Murphy.
Mark Ulano - Winner: Best Sound Mixing: Thanks, Jim.
Tom Bellfort - Winner: Best Sound Editing: For the "Titanic" achievement Chris and I are indebted to the sound and mixing crew at Skywalker Sound, and to the foley editors and artists at Paramount. I thank Ted Gagliano at Fox, and my wonderful wife, Victoria. Jim, although the seas were a little rough at times, I really thank you for this voyage and for building a ship that will last forever. Thank you. Chris...
Christopher Boyes - Winner: Best Sound Editing: I'm more overwhelmed now than I was the first time I met Jim Cameron. I want to thank you for demanding nothing less than my excellence. I'd also like to thank Jon Landau, Gloria Borders, for giving me the time and support. Ethan Van der Ryn, my life-long friend. And Gary Rydstrom, my mentor and very good friend. Thank you very much. My wife Molly.
James Horner - Winner: Best Dramatic Score & Best Original Song: Oh my dear God. I'm sort of speechless. One wants this to happen, of course, but I've been so close quite a few times but never actually won. I've got to get my wits about me. I don't write speeches because I'm always so superstitious. I want to thank my wife, my family for all of their support and nourishment. Jim, thank you so much for the chance to do it. And the musicians who I know so well, and so many other people but I have so little time. I want to thank Michael Gorfaine, Jim Henrikson, but Michael Gorfaine especially. You've been around so long and I cannot thank you enough. Thanks, everybody.
Conrad Buff IV - Winner: Best Film Editing: Thank you, Academy, very much. It means a great deal to all three of us. Thank you, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, our wonderful producers Rae Sanchini, James Cameron, Jon Landau. My lovely wife Laura.
Richard A. Harris - Winner: Best Film Editing: To my friends in Santa Ynez. Thanks to our associate editor Roger Barton, our associate producer
Richard A. Harris - Winner: Best Film Editing: my lovely wife Pamela Easley, and our co-editor Jim Cameron.
James Cameron - Winner: Best Film Editing: Thanks. For my daughter Josephine, who's five years old watching at home. Honey, this is the thing I described to you. It's called an Oscar, and it's really cool to get.
James Horner - Winner: Best Dramatic Score & Best Original Song: I want to thank, first of all, Rene and Celine for a marvelous, brilliant job. Thank you so much. I cannot thank you enough. Jim Cameron, thank you for being in a good mood that day when I brought you the song. Peter Gelb, Glen Brunman, Sony 550, thank you. And Glen, thank you.
Will Jennings - Winner: Best Original Song: I thank James for his music. And love to my wife Carole. And to all the people all over the world that took "My Heart Will Go On" to their hearts, we're very happy.
James Horner - Winner: Best Dramatic Score & Best Original Song: Thank you all.
Deborah Lynn Scott - Winner: Best Costume Design: Thank you very much to the Academy. I am deeply honored to accept this award on the behalf of David LeVey, Beth Koenigsberg, Lahly Poore, Matt Reitsma, Dale Wibben, Dominic Gherardi, Jean Gold, and the rest of my remarkable costume crew. Their dedication, talent, friendship and guidance helped fulfill my dream to bring the spirit of Titanic and her passengers to life. Thank you, Jim Cameron, for the first-class passage. Thanks, Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini, for such fine navigation. For my parents, my husband, and finally my two daughters Tess and Hana, whose beauty is my greatest inspiration, thank you.
Robert Legato - Winner: Best Visual Effects: Well, this winning thing is pretty damn okay, that's all I can say. I'd like to absolutely thank Jim Cameron for letting us be a part of motion picture history. It's just fantastic. Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini, thanks for the incredible support. I want to be the first to congratulate Digital Domain, Cari Thomas, Mark Forker, Erik Nash, our friends at VIFX for Academy Award-winning work on this film. And I'd like to thank my lovely wife Cynthia.
Thomas L. Fisher - Winner: Best Visual Effects: I'd really like to thank my entire crew. Without them I couldn't be here. Thank you.
Peter Lamont - Winner: Best Art Direction: Oh my dear God. I'm sort of speechless. One wants this to happen, of course, but I've been so close quite a few times but never actually won. I've got to get my wits about me. I don't write speeches because I'm always so superstitious. I want to thank my wife, my family for all of their support and nourishment. Jim, thank you so much for the chance to do it. And the musicians who I know so well, and so many other people but I have so little time. I want to thank Michael Gorfaine, Jim Henrikson, but Michael Gorfaine especially. You've been around so long and I cannot thank you enough. Thanks, everybody.
Michael Ford - Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: It's only once in a lifetime you get to recreate "Titanic." The day I left "Titanic" Jim said to me, "It's been a hell of a trip." Believe me, it was. Jim, Jon, Rae, and my wife, thank you for your support during the whole production. Finally, I am only as good as the crew around me. Ladies and gentlemen, you were the best. Thank you.
Russell Carpenter - Winner: Best Cinematography: Thank you so much. We're running so late this is becoming sort of a "Depends" moment for me. I want to remind everybody that it was only a year ago exactly to this day that we wrapped principal photography on "Titanic." And what a year it's been. It's gone from being a ship of fools to a ship of dreams. And that's Jim, Jim all the way. He stuck to his guns. Thank you, Jim. I want to thank my crew that kicked some serious stern, and I love them for it. And my wife Patricia, you save me in every way a person could be saved. Thank you. I love you.
Jon Landau - Winner: Best Picture: So this morning I woke up and couldn't wait for the day to be over. Now I don't want it to stop. I can't act and I can't compose and I can't do visual effects, so I guess that's why I'm producing. But I have a lot of people that I have to thank on behalf of both Jim and myself. I want to thank all the nominees here this evening, and all the people that again they've already thanked. Our incredible cast, we would not be here without you. My wife Julie, my sons Jamie and Jody. Rae Sanchini, who is absolutely one of the best people in this industry. My mom and dad, Edie and Ely. And now a run through our quick list of credits here: Josh McLaglen, Mali Finn, Gig Rackauskas, Simon Crane, Jimmy Muro, John Buckley, Lloyd Moriarity, Charles Lee, Martin Laing, Roger Barton, Charlie Arneson, Steve Quayle, Kevin De LaNoy, Lance Julian, Roger Hanna, Tommy Gordon, Les Collins, Tony Graysmark, Doug Fenton, Harry Heeks, Randy Gerston, Grant Hill, Sharon Mann and Anna Roth. This movie would not have been made except for the conviction and belief of Peter Chernin, Bill Mechanic, Tom Sherak, Jim Gianopulos, Tom Rothman, Sanford Panitch, Vicki Rossellini, Ted Gagliano, Mike Jenkinson, Jim Darbirian, Hilary Clark*, Jon Dolgen, Sherry Lansing, Rob Friedman, John Goldwyn, Arthur Cohen, Wayne Lewellen, Nancy Goliger, Blaise Noto, Greg Brilliant, John Rentsch, Allison Jackson, Maren Moebius, and Steve Panama*. We would not be here without an incredible screenwriter who wrote a great script, Jim Cameron.
James Cameron - Winner: Best Film Editing: I think Jon saw "Shine" too many times. He thanked everybody and did everything I was going to say. And my eyes are still sort of doing pinwheels from the last one, so I just want to say a couple of things. We're here tonight to celebrate the magic of movies. And I'm grateful every day to get to be a part of that magic and a practitioner in it, and I love it. And tonight has been such a great celebration for us. And it seems to somehow express this strange wave that's happened with "Titanic," where people all over the world have opened their hearts to this movie. And that's so gratifying to all of us that worked on it and we'll be forever grateful to them, the audience, and I know a lot of you are watching at home. In the midst of all this euphoria, it's kind of hard for us to remember that this euphoria and the success is for a film that's based on a real event that happened, where real people died, that shocked the world in 1912. So I'd just like everybody to go with me just for a second on something here. I'd like to do a few seconds of silence in remembrance of the 1,500 men, women and children who died when the great ship died. The message of "Titanic" of course is, that if the great ship can sink, the unthinkable can happen, the future is unknowable, the only thing that we truly own is today. Life is precious. So during these few seconds I'd like you to also listen to the beating of your own heart which is the most precious thing in the world. Join me please in a few seconds of silence for "Titanic"... Thank you very much. That's about as much as I'm sure Gil Cates can stand. All right, you've really made this a night to remember in every way. Now let's go party till dawn.