(? - living) U.S.A.
Bill Lauch was the life-long partner of late Disney songwriter Howard Ashman. He accepted Ashman's 1992 Oscar award for the title song of Beauty and the Beast on the internationally televised Academy Awards ceremony.]
"This is the first Academy Award given to someone we've lost to Aids," Lauch said. "In working on Beauty and the Beast, Howard faced incredible personal challenges but always gave his best. And what made that possible was an atmosphere of understanding, love and support. That's something everyone facing Aids not only needs, but deserves.
"There's an inscription at Howard's grave in Baltimore," he continued. "It reads, 'O, that he had one more song to sing.' We'll never hear that song, but I'm deeply grateful for this tribute you've given to what he left behind. For Howard, I thank you."