Onstage Speech Transcript | 86th Academy Awards

Documentary Feature

CATEGORY: Documentary Feature
SPEECH BY: Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers
FILM: "20 Feet from Stardom"


Morgan Neville: Thank you. I first want to thank, along with my producer, Cait, our other producer Gil Friesen. This was his idea and it was his baby. And when I first met with him I remember he said, “I want to win an Oscar.” I remember thinking, “You’re crazy… that will NEVER happen.” Gil passed away just weeks before we premiered the film at Sundance. And tonight I know he’s celebrating with us along with his wife, Janet, and his son, Theo. I just want to thank my backup singers… my wife, Jennette, my kids, Sadie and Cameron. I want to thank our amazing distributors, RADiUS and the Weinstein Company. And lastly, these incredible singers like Miss Darlene Love.

Darlene Love: Lord God, I praise you. I am so happy to be here representing the ladies of 20 Feet from Stardom. Singing: “I sing because I’m happy! I sing because I’m free. ‘Cause his eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.” Alton, I love you.


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