63rd Academy Awards
|63rd Academy Awards|
|Date||Monday, March 25, 1991|
Los Angeles, California
|Best Picture||Dances with Wolves|
|Most awards||Dances with Wolves (7)|
|Most nominations||Dances with Wolves (12)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 35 minutes|
The prominent winner was Dances with Wolves which earned seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Kathy Bates and Jeremy Irons won Best Actress and Actor, Joe Pesci won Best Supporting Actor, and Whoopi Goldberg was named Best Supporting Actress, making history by becoming the first African-American actress since Hattie McDaniel in 1939 to win an Academy Award.
Seven members of Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were among 10 who died in a March 16, 1991 plane crash near San Diego, California. There was a minor controversy over her decision to perform on the Academy Awards a week after the crash. But she appeared on the show to dedicate the nominated song, I'm Checking Out from the film Postcards from the Edge, to her fallen band members. During the performance, McEntire was visibly emotional.
For this telecast host Billy Crystal won two Emmys, for writing and for his hosting performance.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Awards
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Academy Special Achievement Award
This marked the last time that there was no Visual Effects category, instead they gave a special achievement award.
Presented by Michael Douglas, this segment honors the film personalities who died in 1990: Ian Charleson, Terry-Thomas, Gordon Jackson, Barbara Stanwyck, Madge Bellamy, Ava Gardner, Jim Henson, Gary Merrill, Capucine, Greta Garbo, Paulette Goddard, Charles Farrell, Susan Oliver, Sammy Davis Jr, Jill Ireland, Rex Harrison, Margaret Lockwood, Eddie Quillan, Irene Dunne, Hermes Pan, Delphine Seyrig, Joel McCrea, Mary Martin, Eve Arden, Robert Cummings, Joan Bennett and Martin Ritt.
- Ann-Margret and Gregory Hines (Presenters: Best Original Song)
- Danny Aiello (Presenter: Goodfellas Film Clip)
- Debbie Allen (Presenter: Dance Sequence)
- Anne Archer (Presenter: Best Makeup)
- Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (Presenters: Best Original Score)
- Annette Bening (Presenter: Best Costume Design)
- Jeff Bridges (Presenter: The Godfather: Part III Film Clip)
- Michael Caine (Presenter: Early Film Montage)
- Phoebe Cates and Ron Silver (Presenters: Documentary Awards)
- Chevy Chase and Martin Short (Presenters: Best Live Action Short Film)
- Glenn Close (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- Tom Cruise (Presenter: Best Director)
- Geena Davis (Presenter: Scientific & Technical Achievement Awards)
- Daniel Day-Lewis (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Robert De Niro (Presenter: Dances with Wolves Film Clip)
- Michael Douglas (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
- Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins (Presenters: Writing Awards)
- Brenda Fricker (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
- Andy Garcia and Whoopi Goldberg (Presenters: Best Sound Effects Editing)
- Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon (Presenters: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration)
- Danny Glover and Kevin Kline (Presenters: Best Film Editing)
- Dustin Hoffman (Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Bob Hope (Presenter: First Movie Montage)
- Anjelica Huston (Presenter: Honorary Award to Myrna Loy)
- Jack Lemmon (Presenter: Ghost Film Clip)
- Gregory Peck (Presenter: Honorary Award to Sophia Loren)
- Joe Pesci (Presenter: Children's Choir Performance)
- Barbra Streisand (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Jessica Tandy (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Jack Valenti (Presenter: Best Visual Effects)
- Denzel Washington (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Dianne Wiest (Presenter: Best Sound)
- Debra Winger (Presenter: Awakenings Film Clip)
- Woody Woodpecker (Presenter: Best Animated Short Film)
- Billy Crystal (Opening number - "Goodfellas" (parody of "Goody Goody"); "Dances With Wolves" (parody of "Dancing in the Dark"); "Ghost" (parody of "L-O-V-E"); "The Godfather: Part III" (parody of "Love Theme from The Godfather"); "Awakenings" (parody of "All the Way"))
- Bon Jovi ("Blaze of Glory" from Young Guns II)
- Harry Connick Jr. ("Promise Me You'll Remember (Love Theme from The Godfather Part III)" from The Godfather: Part III)
- Madonna ("Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy)
- Reba McEntire ("I'm Checkin' Out" from Postcards from the Edge)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
Box Office performance of nominees
At the time of the nominations announcement on February 12, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees at the US box office was $458.2 million with an average of $41 million per film. Ghost was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $213.5 million in domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by Dances with Wolves ($104.3 million), The Godfather Part III ($62.5 million), Goodfellas ($41 million), and finally Awakenings ($36.7 million).
Of the top 50 highest grossing films of the year, 51 nominations went to 12 films on the list. Only Ghost (2nd), Pretty Woman (3rd), Dances with Wolves (8th), Dick Tracy (9th), The Godfather Part III (17th), Goodfellas (30th) and Awakenings (34th) were nominated for Best Picture, directing, acting, or screenwriting. The other top 50 box office hits that earned the nominations were Home Alone (1st), The Hunt for Red October (5th), Total Recall (6th), Days of Thunder (12th), and Edward Scissorhands (22nd).
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- "The 63rd Academy Awards (1991) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-20.