Academy Awards 2002
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"Russell walked away with 'The Invisible
And the Oscar Goes to....A Beautiful Mind
Ron Howard & Brian Grazer - Producers
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
Written by: Akiva Goldman
Grazer: It says it was really close. Which it was. Hi, Ron. Yikes.
Okay. I want to thank the Academy for selecting our movie. I started
in the business as a writer. Not a very good writer, but a
I've had the privilege of working with better
writers, great actors and brilliant
directors. I found that my
calling was to tell stories as a producer, and I just
just that. In the case of A BEAUTIFUL MIND the story and the
were personal and important to me. And to receive an award for
making this movie is a miracle.
want to thank Universal Pictures, two very important and special
people to me,
Ron Meyer and Stacey Snider. I want to thank their
team including Scott, Peter,
Marc and Nicky. DreamWorks, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and
David Geffen. Sylvia Nasar and
Graydon Carter. And my dedicated team at
Imagine, Michael Rosenberg,
Maureen Peyrot, Todd Hallowell and Karen Kehela,
who is an amazing
partner for me.
Howard. A closer friend, a better partner, a more inspired and
filmmaker, I could never find. Thank you, Ron, for all of
that. I can't pull this apart.
I'm so nervous. I know it's
imperceptible. It's my honor to work with the profound
Crowe. And we wouldn't be here if it weren't for Russell Crowe. His
amazing dedication, work ethic and artistry have gotten us here. The
Connelly and all the fine actors on the movie. Akiva Goldsman, thank
you for creating this difficult and heartrending script. Thank you
for your most original and haunting score. Thank you to
Alicia Nash. You've not only inspired a movie that has
given so many a greater understanding
of the vagaries of the mind,
but you've given us a greater understanding of ourselves. I hope
some way our movie helped to improve the way we feel about and treat
And then I want to thank my little circle of love, my
beautiful, amazing wife and my kids, Riley, Sage and
Thomas. Thank you.
Ron Howard: God bless and thank you for this support.
And the Oscar goes to...Ron
Howard for A Beautiful Mind
you. Well, I am not a good enough actor anymore to be able to stand
up here and make you believe that I haven't imagined this moment in
my mind over the years and played it out about a thousand times. So
here goes. It's pretty simple, really. I'm grateful. I'm very
grateful for this. I'm grateful for an entire lifetime spent
involved in this creative process that we do. I'm grateful that I
was raised by an extraordinary man. My father Rance Howard, and my
late mother Jean Howard. I also want to mention that before my mom
passed away, about 18 months ago, she predicted that this was going
to happen for me on this film. Well, she also made that prediction
on every movie that I've directed since 1983. Now you know a little
bit about my mom. Thank you, Mom.
Then there are the loves of my life. My incredible wife Cheryl.
Yeah, she's something. Kids at home, Bryce, Jocelyn, Paige and Reed.
Thank you for all the most important reasons. I've got a great
friend and a partner, Brian Grazer. Brian — thanks for helping me
realize so many of my dreams in this business. Including getting to
direct A BEAUTIFUL MIND, which Brian produced so passionately and
Akiva Goldsman wrote so brilliantly. You know, everyone from the
decision makers at Universal and DreamWorks through to the entire
production team, thank you for the incredible effort. It made the
difference. And of course I had a tremendous cast. This is an acting
movie. And included Jennifer Connelly and Russell, Russell Crowe.
This would not be happening tonight without your creative courage
and your total commitment. It has been a great journey. And I thank
And finally, they're here somewhere, I don't know where, but thank
you to John and Alicia Nash for sharing your important story with
us. I'm very, very proud to know you and may you have many years of
peace ahead of you. Academy, thank you so much.
Russell Presenting Best Actress Award to Halle Berry
the Oscar goes to Akiva Goldsman for A Beautiful Mind, the
film's second win of the night.
"I'm terrified," he smiles,
before sending heartfelt thanks to producer Brian Grazer, director
Ron Howard and the film's inspiration, John and Alicia Nash.
And she's got more where that
came from: "Our next presenters come from Down Under, which
always makes me think fondly of Russell Crowe," says Whoopi.
And the Oscar goes to...Jennifer Connelly
for her role opposite Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. The
actress gets a whisper of congrats from Russ before stepping up to
"Hello. Okay. I
brought paper because I didn't want to forget. Thank you to the
members of the Academy for this honor. By some beautiful twist of
fate I've landed in this vocation that demands that I feel and helps
me to learn. I know film has moved or taught me more than A
BEAUTIFUL MIND. Thank you to all of our magnificent cast and crew
for their invaluable collaboration and most especially to Ron Howard
and to Russell Crowe. Thanks to all the artists who have inspired me
and the list is too long. Thanks to my dearest ones. Risa Shapiro,
Kelly Ross and my friends. I believe in love that there is nothing
more important. Alicia Nash is a true champion of love. So thank you
to her for her example. My son Kai is for me the greatest messenger.
And so thank you to him for all of our days. Thank you very much"
Out-Takes from the show
(We all wish we were Whoopee now!)
Even Mikhail Gorbachev has
an opinion: "I liked the Gladiator with Russell
on the Red Carpet
Russell & Dani on the Red Carpet
Ron & Cheryl Howard Arriving
John & Alicia
Nash arrive with Brian Glazer
At the Luncheon
Crowe said in a written statement, "I'd like to
thank the Academy for recognizing a movie which to me
represents a very special collaboration, and in particular
I'm very pleased for Ron Howard."