67th Academy Awards

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67th Academy Awards
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Date March 27, 1995
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
Host David Letterman
Producer Gil Cates
Director Jeff Margolis
Best Picture Forrest Gump
Most awards Forrest Gump (6)
Most nominations Forrest Gump (13)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 32 minutes[1]
Ratings 48.87 million
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The 67th Academy Awards, honoring the best films of 1994, were held on March 27, 1995, at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by comedian and talk show host David Letterman.

The ceremony is perhaps best remembered for Letterman's performance as the host. Although some thought of him as different but good, most critics labeled his performance as terrible and expressed a wish for him never to host the Oscars again. This negative criticism arose from Letterman's absurdist brand of comedy, and it was followed by Late Show with David Letterman losing in the ratings to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno by the summer of 1995.[2] Letterman seems to have a sense of humor about it, however, because around Academy Award season he frequently references his lackluster appearance at the Academy awards on his show in a humorous tone.

Forrest Gump won Best Picture, as well as an additional five Oscars, including Tom Hanks' second consecutive Academy Award for Best Actor. Hanks became only the second person in Oscar history to accomplish the feat of winning consecutive awards in the Best Actor category, the first being Spencer Tracy. Also, Jessica Lange, winner of the 1982 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Tony Richardson's last film, Blue Sky, joining an elite group of thespians who have won Oscars in both the supporting and lead categories. Dianne Wiest won her second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Woody Allen film, becoming the first person to win two Oscars in the same category where the films were directed by the same person (she won another Best Supporting Actress in 1986 for Hannah and Her Sisters).

This year had the rarity of producing a tie. When Tim Allen opened the envelope for Best Live Action Short, much to his surprise there was a tie. There would not be another tie in an Academy Award category for another 18 years, when the award for Best Sound Editing went to both Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty during the 85th Academy Awards.

The awards this year were also notable for the near inclusion of a documentary as Best Picture. The documentary category was then, as always, nominated by a special committee. The critically acclaimed film Hoop Dreams failed to make the documentary committee's short list, even though it was on more critics' top ten lists than any other film that year, including Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction and Quiz Show. Many prominent critics, most notably Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert campaigned for Academy members to vote to nominate Hoop Dreams for Best Picture, something that had never happened before. The effort failed, yet Hoop Dreams was nominated for Best Film Editing, one of the few documentaries ever to be nominated in a craft category.

This was only the second, and most recent, time in Oscar history where three of the four acting winners were repeats; the other time was during the 1938 Oscars. Interestingly enough, the only first timer was Martin Landau who was the oldest of the bunch.


Robert Zemeckis, Best Director winner
Tom Hanks, Best Actor winner
Jessica Lange, Best Actress winner
Martin Landau, Best Supporting Actor winner
Dianne Wiest, Best Supporting Actress winner
Quentin Tarantino, Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Peter Capaldi, Best Live Action Short winner
Hans Zimmer, Best Original Score winner
Elton John, Best Original Song co-winner
Rick Baker, Best Makeup winner

Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[3]

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 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
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award[edit]

In Memoriam[edit]

Presented by Sigourney Weaver. In a video montage, the Academy acknowledged the contributions of the following film makers who died during the previous year:



Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Ceremony information[edit]

Box office performance of nominees[edit]

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. Forrest Gump was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $300 million in domestic box office receipts. The film followed by Pulp Fiction ($76 million), Four Weddings and a Funeral ($52 million), The Shawshank Redemption ($16 million), and Quiz Show ($21 million).

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).

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