67th Academy Awards

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67th Academy Awards
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Official poster
DateMarch 27, 1995
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted by David Letterman
Produced by Gil Cates
Directed byJeff Margolis
Highlights
Best Picture Forrest Gump
Most awardsForrest Gump (6)
Most nominationsForrest Gump (13)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration3 hours, 32 minutes [1]
Ratings48.28 million
32.5% (Nielsen ratings)

The 67th Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) took place on March 27, 1995, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as the Oscars) in 23 categories honoring the films released in 1994. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gilbert Cates and directed by Jeff Margolis. [2] Comedian David Letterman hosted the show for the first time. [3] Three weeks earlier in a ceremony held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on March 4, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Jamie Lee Curtis. [4]

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a professional honorary organization with the stated goal of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures. The Academy's corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of Governors, which includes representatives from each of the craft branches.

Shrine Auditorium large event venue in Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles City in California

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Contents

Forrest Gump won six awards, including Best Picture. [5] Other winners included Ed Wood , The Lion King , and Speed with two awards, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert , Blue Sky , Bob's Birthday , Bullets over Broadway , Burnt by the Sun , Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life , Legends of the Fall , The Madness of King George , Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision , Pulp Fiction , A Time for Justice and Trevor with one. The telecast garnered more than 48 million viewers in the United States, making it the most watched Oscars telecast since the 55th Academy Awards in 1983.

<i>Forrest Gump</i> 1994 American film directed by Robert Zemeckis

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth. It is based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom, and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Hanks), a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century in the United States. The film differs substantially from the novel.

The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the Academy Awards (Oscars) presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) since the awards debuted in 1929. This award goes to the producers of the film and is the only category in which every member of the Academy is eligible to submit a nomination and vote on the final ballot. Best Picture is the final award of the night and is considered the most prestigious honor of the ceremony.

<i>Ed Wood</i> (film) 1994 American comedy-drama biopic by Tim Burton

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Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 67th Academy Awards were announced on February 14, 1995, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Arthur Hiller, the president of the Academy, and actress Angela Bassett. [6] Forrest Gump earned the most nominations with thirteen. It was the most nominated film since 1966's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the fifth film to earn that many nominations. [7] Bullets over Broadway , The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction tied for second with seven each. [8]

The Samuel Goldwyn Theatre is a screening-only movie theater named after filmmaker Samuel Goldwyn.

Beverly Hills, California City in California

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Arthur Hiller Canadian television and film director

Arthur Hiller, was a Canadian-American television and film director with over 33 films to his credit during a 50-year career. He began his career directing television in Canada and later in the U.S. By the late 1950s he began directing films, most often comedies. He also directed dramas and romantic subjects, such as Love Story (1970), which was nominated for seven Oscars.

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 27, 1995. For only the second time in Oscar history, three of the four acting winners were previous winners. The 11th ceremony held in 1939 previously accomplished this feat. [9] Best Actor winner Tom Hanks became the fifth performer to win consecutive acting Oscars and the second person to do so in the aforementioned category since Spencer Tracy won for his performances in Captains Courageous and Boys Town . [10] [11] He also was the sixth person to win Best Actor twice. [12] Best Supporting Actress winner Dianne Wiest became the first person to win two acting Oscars for performances in films directed by the same person. She first won in that same category for her role in Woody Allen's 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters . [13] Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life and Trevor 's joint win in the Best Live Action Short category marked the fifth occurrence of a tie in Oscar history. [14]

11th Academy Awards

The 11th Academy Awards were held on February 23, 1939, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. It was the first Academy Awards show without any official host. This was also the first ceremony in which a foreign language film was nominated for Best Picture.

Tom Hanks American actor and producer

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Sully (2016). He has also starred in the Robert Langdon film series, and voices Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series. He is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is widely regarded as an American cultural icon.

Spencer Tracy American actor

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was an American actor, noted for his natural performing style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, Tracy won two Academy Awards for Best Actor from nine nominations, sharing the record for nominations in the category with Laurence Olivier.

Awards

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Robert Zemeckis, Best Director winner
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Tom Hanks, Best Actor winner
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Jessica Lange, Best Actress winner
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Martin Landau, Best Supporting Actor winner
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Dianne Wiest, Best Supporting Actress winner
Quentin Tarantino, Best Original Screenplay co-winner Quentin Tarantino by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Quentin Tarantino, Best Original Screenplay co-winner
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Roger Avary, Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Peter Capaldi, Best Live Action Short Film co-winner Peter Capaldi by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Peter Capaldi, Best Live Action Short Film co-winner
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Hans Zimmer, Best Original Score winner
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Elton John, Best Original Song co-winner
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Tim Rice, Best Original Song co-winner
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Ken Adam, Best Art Direction co-winner
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Rick Baker, Best Makeup co-winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (Double-dagger-14-plain.png). [15]

Academy Honorary Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers. [19]

Presenters

Name(s)Role
Randi ThomasAnnouncer for the 67th annual Academy Awards
Arthur Hiller (AMPAS President)Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Tommy Lee Jones Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Sharon Stone Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Keanu Reeves Presenter of the film Pulp Fiction on the Best Picture segment
Rene Russo Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Make Up Your Mind"
Uma Thurman Presenter of the award for Best Makeup
Sarah Jessica Parker Presenter of the award for Best Sound Effects Editing
Steve Martin Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Sally Field Presenter of the film Forrest Gump on the Best Picture segment
Anna Paquin Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Matt Dillon Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Look What Love Has Done"
Oprah Winfrey Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Quincy Jones
Paul Newman Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Jamie Lee Curtis Presenter of the segment of the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award
Tim Allen Presenter of the award for Best Live Action Short Film
Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Presenters of the award for Best Animated Short Film
Gregory Peck Presenter of the film Quiz Show on the Best Picture segment
Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Steven Seagal Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Angela Bassett Introducer of the performance of the Best Original Song nominees "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata"
Samuel L. Jackson
John Travolta
Presenters of the awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature
Ellen Barkin Presenter if the award for Best Sound
Jack Nicholson Presenter of the Honorary Academy Award to Michelangelo Antonioni
Hugh Grant
Andie MacDowell
Presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Julia Ormond Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Sylvester Stallone Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Jeremy Irons Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Annette Bening Presenter of the film Four Weddings and a Funeral on the Best Picture segment
Anthony Hopkins Presenter of the awards for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Sigourney Weaver Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute
Arnold Schwarzenegger Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Clint Eastwood
Tom Hanks Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Denzel Washington Presenter of the film The Shawshank Redemption on the Best Picture segment
Holly Hunter Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Steven Spielberg Presenter of the award for Best Director
Robert De Niro
Al Pacino
Presenters of the award for Best Picture

Performers

Name(s)RolePerformed
Bill Conti Musical arranger and ConductorOrchestral
Tim Curry
Kathy Najimy
Mara Wilson
Performers"Make 'Em Laugh" from Singin' in the Rain during the opening number
Randy Newman Performer"Make Up Your Mind" from The Paper
Patty Smyth Performer"Look What Love Has Done" from Junior
Hinton Battle Performer"Circle of Life" from The Lion King
David Alan Grier
Ernie Sabella
Performers"Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King
Elton John Performer"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King

Ceremony information

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David Letterman hosted the 67th Academy Awards

Despite earning critical praise for last year's ceremony, actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg announced that she would not host the ceremony for a second consecutive year saying, "I've had a great time, but I've done it." [20] She added that her role in the upcoming movie Bogus would jeopardize her busy schedule. [21] In addition, her Comic Relief co-host and veteran Oscar emcee Billy Crystal also declined to host the show citing his commitment to his film Forget Paris which he directed, written, starred, and produced. [21] Producer Gil Cates hired actor, comedian, and Late Show host David Letterman as host of the 1995 ceremony. [22] Cates explained his decision to hire the late night talk show host saying, "He's punctual, he's well groomed, and he knows how to keep an audience awake." [23] ABC entertainment president Ted Harbert also approved of the choice stating, "If Dave likes the experience, this could be a great answer for the show, just the way Johnny Carson did the show for many years." [24]

As with previous ceremonies he produced, Cates centered the show around a theme. This year, he christened the show with the theme "Comedy and the Movies" commenting "This year, because of the earthquakes and floods and Bosnia and Rwanda, it was a (terrible) year, and therefore seemed a great year to celebrate what movies can really give us, which is an opportunity to go for two hours in the dark and laugh together. Even with television, it's not a community experience unless you have a very big family. So it's unique to movies and theater, and it's this very human thing." [23] [25] In tandem with the theme, the ceremony's opening number featured a montage produced by Chuck Workman featuring scenes of humorous moments from a variety of both comedic and non-comedic films. During that segment, actors Tim Curry, Kathy Najimy, and Mara Wilson performing a modified version of the song "Make 'Em Laugh" from the film Singin' in the Rain . [26] Several collections of film clips were shown throughout the broadcast highlighting various aspects of comedy such as troupes and dialogue. [27]

Several other people were also involved with the production of the ceremony. Bill Conti served as musical director and conductor for the event. [28] Production designer Roy Christopher designed a new stage for the ceremony which prominently featured a proscenium which was designed to resemble the iris of a camera. [29] Moreover, Christopher commented that the iris motif was inspired by the iris shot prominently featured in several comedic films and shorts. [25] Dancer Debbie Allen choreographed The Lion King musical number. [30] Actors Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Steve Martin, and Rosie O'Donnell participated in a pre-taped comedic sketch lampooning auditions for a role in Cabin Boy , the film in which Letterman made his film acting debut. [31]

Box office performance of nominees

At the time of the nominations announcement on February 14, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees at the US box office was $468 million, with an average of $93.6 million per film. [32] Forrest Gump was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $300 million in domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by Pulp Fiction ($76 million), Four Weddings and a Funeral ($52 million), Quiz Show ($21 million) and The Shawshank Redemption ($16 million). [32]

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 44 nominations went to 14 films on the list. Only Forrest Gump (2nd), The Client (12th), Pulp Fiction (14th), Four Weddings and a Funeral (20th), and Nell (41st) were nominated for directing, acting, screenwriting, or Best Picture. The other top 50 box office hits that earned nominations were The Lion King (1st), True Lies (3rd), Clear and Present Danger (6th), Speed (7th), The Mask (8th), Interview with the Vampire (10th), Maverick (11th), Legends of the Fall (27th) and Little Women (31st). [33]

Critical reception

The show received a negative reception from most media publications. John J. O'Connor of The New York Times wrote, "Instead of keeping things moving smartly, Mr. Letterman stuck with his late-night shtick, too often leaving the show's pacing in shambles." He also added, "Within the show's first half-hour, with no strong hand at the helm, the audience simply sagged. Applause died long before most winners even reached the podium." [34] Television critic John Carman of the San Francisco Chronicle commented, "Last night on ABC, no one got it. Hollywood's big event was wonderfully littered by technical errors, bad taste, low comedy and lower necklines." Moreover, he remarked, "Letterman, the rookie host, was off his game in his opening monologue. Maybe it was the big auditorium. Or a billion people in the television audience." [35] Film critic Andrew Sarris of The New York Observer quipped, "Not only was he not witty or funny, he never knew when to let bad enough alone." He concluded, "As the evening dragged on, it became obvious that Mr. Letterman had no gift for ad-libbing through the few unpredictable opportunities in a 'live' event like the Oscars." [36] People named the ceremony as one of the worst television broadcasts of 1995, remarking that Letterman was "a cranky skeptic [who] visit[ed] the high temple of show business, mock[ed] the gold-plated statuary and display[ed] insufficient reverence for the gods. (Tom Hanks assisting with a stupid pet trick?!) We know who the winner wasn't." [37]

Some media outlets received the broadcast more positively. Television critic Joyce Millman of The San Francisco Examiner noted, "In his first stint as host of the Oscar telecast, David Letterman did the impossible—he made something entertaining from what is traditionally the most boring three hours of TV this side of a test pattern." [38] The Buffalo News columnist Alan Pergament praised Letterman's performance as host writing "David Letterman was a box full of chocolates on an Oscar night that was empty of much emotion until the expected Forrest Gump sweep in the final 15 minutes." He also added that despite a lack of surprises amongst the awards, the emotional and unexpected humorous moments provided depth and entertainment throughout the evening. [39] Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel gave an average review of the ceremony but singled out Letterman noting that he "proved Monday night that he's among Oscar's Top 10 Hosts. He's definitely at the top of the list with Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal and Bob Hope." [40]

Ratings and reception

The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 48.28 million people over its length, which was a 7% increase from the previous year's ceremony. [41] [42] An estimated 81 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards. [43] The show also drew higher Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony with 32.5% of households watching over a 53 share. [42] [44] In addition, it also drew a higher 18–49 demo rating with a 21.7 rating among viewers in that demographic. [44] It was the most watched Oscars telecast since the 55th ceremony held in 1983. [45]

In July 1995, the ceremony presentation received six nominations at the 47th Primetime Emmys. [46] Two months later, the ceremony won one of those nominations for Jeff Margolis's direction of the telecast. [47] [48]

In Memoriam

The annual In Memoriam tribute, presented by actress Sigourney Weaver, honored the following people: [31]

Excluded

British actress, Lynne Frederick, was excluded from this segment despite the fact that she starred in the Oscar winning film, Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), and the Oscar nominated film, Voyage of the Damned (1976). Not to mention that she had a successful film career throughout the 1970s.

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The 51st Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored films released in 1978 and took place on April 9, 1979, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles beginning at 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards in 22 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Jack Haley Jr. and directed by Marty Pasetta. Comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson hosted the show for the first time. Three days earlier in a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on April 6, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by hosts Gregory Peck and Christopher Reeve.

83rd Academy Awards

The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2010 in the United States and took place on February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST. During the ceremony, Academy Awards were presented in 24 competitive categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer, with Mischer also serving as director. Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the ceremony, marking the first time for each.

85th Academy Awards

The 85th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2012 and took place on February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. The ceremony was the first in the Academy's 85-year history to adopt the phrase "The Oscars" as the ceremony's official name during the broadcast and marketing. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and directed by Don Mischer. Actor Seth MacFarlane hosted the show for the first time.

86th Academy Awards

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2013 and took place on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. The ceremony was scheduled well after its usual late-February date to avoid conflicting with the 2014 Winter Olympics. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Actress Ellen DeGeneres hosted the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 79th ceremony held in 2007.

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