was not present to pick up his Oscar for Amarcord but he accepted at his home in Rome, Italy. Asked for a comment, the great director responded with what would become one of the most legendary quotes in the history of the Academy Awards: "Of course it is a pleasure because in the myth of the cinema the Oscar is the supreme prize." See more
It's, uh, reassuring for me to look out at all of you and see how pretty, and how lovely you look tonight. And so many gifted people are still making pictures like you do with your clothes on. And contrary to what Dustin Hoffman thinks, it is *not* an obscene evening, it is *not* garish, and it is *not* embarrassing.