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KEVIN O’CONNELL:
Oh my gosh. Guys, thank you so much. I can’t even tell you what this means to me. It means so much to me, my boys Cooper and Casey are up in the audience tonight watching me. My wife Heather is over there, this means so much to me, I can’t even tell you. Mel Gibson, thank you so much for taking us on this journey with you. Bill Mechanic, thank you for making this possible. Rob, Andy and Peter, you guys are amazing, thank you so much. I’d like to thank Tom McCarthy and Dan Sharp and all the fine folks at Sony Pictures in Culver City. All the folks down in Soundfirm in Sydney.

And a special thank you tonight to my mother, Skippy O’Connell, who 39 years ago got me a job in sound and when I asked her, “Ma, how can I ever thank you?” She looked at me and she said, “You know, I’ll tell you how you can thank me. You can work hard. You can work really hard and then someday, you go win yourself an Oscar and you can stand up there on that stage and you can thank me in front of the whole world.” Mom, I know you’re looking down on me tonight. So thank you. Thank you all so much. I really appreciate this.

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