Why would winning an Academy Award change filmmaking? As I said earlier, I look at every film as if it may be my last, and to have gotten two Academy Awards was extraordinary for me. And they were both films I had done all on my own—Harlan County and American Dream. And it was totally difficult and such a struggle. And in a way it was also really wonderful for the people who were in the film. With Harlan County, people couldn't believe it. They were running all over eastern Kentucky screaming, "We got an Academy Award!" And it's a really beautiful thing because otherwise, films like this might not be seen, so that helps to let people know that they exist and their stories exist.
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