Benigni wins the Academy award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Guido, a Jewish father during World War II who protects his son from the harsh reality of a Nazi labor camp, in Life Is Beautiful (“La vita è bella”). Helen Hunt presents the award.
Thank you to all in Italy, for the Italian cinema, grazie al Italia who made me. I am really, I owe to them all my, if I did something good. So grazie al Italia e grazie al America, land of the lot of things here. Thank you very much. And I hope, really I don’t deserve this, but I hope to win some other Oscars! Thank you!