63rd Academy Awards

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63rd Academy Awards
63rd Academy Awards ceremony poster.jpg
Date Monday, March 25, 1991
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
Host Billy Crystal
Producer Gil Cates
Director Jeff Margolis
Best Picture Dances with Wolves
Most awards Dances with Wolves (7)
Most nominations Dances with Wolves (12)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 35 minutes
Ratings 42.79 million
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The 63rd Academy Awards were presented March 25, 1991 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. The show was hosted by Billy Crystal.

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.


Kevin Costner, Best Director winner
Jeremy Irons, Best Actor winner
Kathy Bates, Best Actress winner
Joe Pesci, Best Supporting Actor winner
Whoopi Goldberg, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film Best Film Editing
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design

Academy Honorary Awards[edit]

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

Academy Special Achievement Award[edit]

This marked the last time that there was no Visual Effects category, instead they gave a special achievement award.

In Memoriam[edit]

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.



Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Ceremony Information[edit]

Box Office performance of nominees[edit]

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).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 63rd Academy Awards (1991) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-20.