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On 7th March 1965, director Alfred Hitchcock was the recipient of the Milestone Award, presented to him by Cary Grant and James Stewart. He began his acceptance speech by saying:
They say that when a man drowns, his entire life flashes before his eyes. I am indeed fortunate, for I am having that same experience without even getting my feet wet.
First of all I wish to express my deep appreciation for this honour. It makes me feel very proud indeed. It is especially meaningful because it is presented by my fellow dealers in celluloid. After all, when a man is found guilty of murder and condemned to death, it always makes him feel much better to know that it was done by a jury of his friends and neighbours.
The wording of this award is highly complimentary, but just a little disturbing. Being given a plaque for "historic contributions" makes one want to pinch himself to be sure it isn't being awarded posthumously. I am indeed touched — and I want to thank you very much.
Images from the Hitchcock Gallery (click to view larger versions or search for all relevant images)...