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Oscars quote of the day: Best acceptance speech?

February 18, 2011 | 10:30 am

If an Oscar was bestowed for best acceptance speech, I'm not sure that I'd give it to Dustin Hoffman, but he certainly deserves a nomination for what he said upon winning lead actor in 1979 for his role in best picture "Kramer vs. Kramer."

He beat Jack Lemmon ("The China Syndrome"), Al Pacino ("And Justice for All"), Roy Scheider ("All That Jazz") and Peter Sellers ("Being There"). Jane Fonda opened the envelope, summoned him to the stage and handed him the statuette. Upon examining Oscar up close, Hoffman noted, "He has no genitalia and he's holding a sword." Then he added …

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: ABC