Acceptance Speech: BEST PICTURE

SPEECH BY: Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger, Producers


Fabrice Gianfermi:  Oh, wow.  Oh, wow.  Thank you to the Academy for letting our CODA make history tonight.  And congratulations to all of our fellow nominees.  Your movies were all so incredible.  We're so honored to be here.  


Siân, it hasn't been an easy ride from the first day of shooting when our cast and crew were supposed to be at 4:00 a.m. at sea, fishing when we were told a giant storm was about to hit us.  It was only the beginning of our problems.  But you've been ‑‑ you've kept the boat afloat, and you've been the best captain a producer can ever dream of, really. 


To our incredible cast, you guys have made such a wonderful and loving family on screen, but also off screen, and everybody want to be a part of it and contrary to you, Ruby, no one wants ‑‑ no one seems to want to leave it.  


So, you guys.  And I want to thank Eric, our partner in Paris and our team at Vendôme.  I want to thank my better half, Liya, and my kids, who are all here.  I love you.  I want to thank Terry Semel for mentoring me at my early days.  And, lastly, I want to thank my dad.  I hope you're watching from up there.  I love you very much and this one is for you too. 


Patrick Wachsberger:  Well, I really ‑‑ I really want to thank the Academy for recognizing a movie of love and family on this difficult time that we meet today, and this is CODA.  Siân, you've been absolutely ‑‑ where are you? ‑‑ you've been absolutely amazing from the first day.  I'm so blessed that I've met you. 


And to our cast, Academy Award winner, Marlee Matlin; new Academy Award winner, Troy Kotsur.  Daniel Durant.  Emilia, your voice charmed us.  And Eugenio Derbez, you made us laugh so much, and you really took really great care of the Ruby family. 


I want to thank also the incredible crew that we had, including the fishermen community in Gloucester.  The incredible team at Apple TV.  They've been absolutely amazing from day one and really were able to basically put this movie everywhere in the world.  Really thank you, all of you, all of you, and the most amazing team. 


And to my father, who is not there, and my mother, who is not there.  But my beautiful daughter, Olivia, she's here; the other one, Justin, is not here; and my wonderful wife, who have been supporting me.  I don't know how they made it for so long.  


Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

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