68th Academy Awards

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68th Academy Awards
Oscars1995.jpg
Official poster
Date March 25, 1996
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, US
Host Whoopi Goldberg
Producer Quincy Jones
Director Jeff Margolis
Highlights
Best Picture Braveheart
Most awards Braveheart (5)
Most nominations Braveheart (10)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 39 minutes
Ratings 44.81 million
30.48% (Nielsen ratings)
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The 68th Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1995 in the United States and took place on March 25, 1996, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST.[1] During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories.[1] The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Quincy Jones and directed by Jeff Margolis.[1] Actress Whoopi Goldberg hosted the show for the second time, having previously presided over the 66th ceremony in 1994.[2] Three weeks earlier, in a ceremony held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on March 2, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Richard Dreyfuss.[3]

Braveheart won five awards, including Best Director for Mel Gibson and Best Picture.[4][5] Other winners included Apollo 13, Pocahontas, Restoration and The Usual Suspects with two awards, and Anne Frank Remembered, Antonia's Line, Babe, A Close Shave, Dead Man Walking, Il Postino: The Postman, Leaving Las Vegas, Lieberman in Love, Mighty Aphrodite, One Survivor Remembers, and Sense and Sensibility with one. The telecast garnered almost 45 million viewers in the United States.

Winner and nominees[edit]

The nominees for the 68th Academy Awards were announced on February 13, 1996, at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Arthur Hiller, president of the Academy, and the music producer Quincy Jones.[6] Braveheart led all nominees with ten nominations; Apollo 13 came in second with nine.[7][8]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 25, 1996.[9] Braveheart was the ninth film to win Best Picture with no acting nominations.[10] With her Best Supporting Actress win for Mighty Aphrodite, Mira Sorvino became the second consecutive actress to win the aforementioned category for a performance in a film directed by Woody Allen.[11] Best Adapted Screenplay winner Emma Thompson was the first person to win Oscars for both acting and screenwriting. She had previously won Best Actress for her performance in the 1992 film Howards End.[12]

Awards[edit]

A man is seen wearing a grey suit
Mel Gibson, Best Director winner
Portrait of a brown-haired man who is dressed in a black suit, shirt, and tie.
Nicolas Cage, Best Actor winner
Upper torso of a red-haired female with a dark green shirt underneath a brown and blue jacket.
Susan Sarandon, Best Actress winner
A close-up image of a man sporting a black suit and red tie.
Kevin Spacey, Best Supporting Actor winner
Profile of a blonde woman who is wearing a religious necklace over a white dress.
Mira Sorvino, Best Supporting Actress winner
Christopher McQuarrie, Best Original Screenplay winner
Upper torso of a blond-haired woman who is wearing a white coat over a black shirt.
Emma Thompson, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Alan Menken, Best Original Song co-winner
A close up image of a woman wearing a red dress.
Christine Lahti, Best Live Action Short Film winner

Winners are listed first and indicated with a double-dagger (double-dagger).[13]

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 Original Song
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Dramatic Score Best Original Musical or Comedy Score
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Awards[edit]

Special Achievement Award[edit]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Presenters and performers[edit]

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.[17]

Presenters[edit]

Name(s) Role
Marshak, LesLes Marshak Announcer for the 68th annual Academy Awards
Brosnan, PiercePierce Brosnan
Naomi Campbell
Claudia Schiffer
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Wiest, DianneDianne Wiest Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Silverstone, AliciaAlicia Silverstone Presenter of the award for Best Makeup
Irons, JeremyJeremy Irons Presenter of the film Braveheart on the Best Picture segment
Thompson, EmmaEmma Thompson Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction
O'Donnell, ChrisChris O'Donnell Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Moonlight"
Williams, RobinRobin Williams Presenter of the Honorary Award to Chuck Jones and Special Achievement Award to John Lasseter
Chan, JackieJackie Chan
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Presenters of the awards for Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film
Bullock, SandraSandra Bullock Presenter of the award Best Sound Effects Editing
Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta Presenter of the film Apollo 13 on the Best Picture segment
Seagal, StevenSteven Seagal Presenter of the award Best Sound
Landau, MartinMartin Landau Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Carrey, JimJim Carrey Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Hawn, GoldieGoldie Hawn
Kurt Russell
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Dreyfuss, RichardRichard Dreyfuss Presenter of the segment of the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement and Gordon E. Sawyer Award
Ryder, WinonaWinona Ryder Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Dead Man Walking"
Smith, WillWill Smith Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Cage, NicolasNicolas Cage
Elisabeth Shue
Presenters of the awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature
Lane, NathanNathan Lane Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Colors of the Wind"
Gibson, MelMel Gibson Presenter of the award Best Foreign Language Film
Huston, AnjelicaAnjelica Huston Presenter of the film Sense and Sensibility on the Best Picture segment
Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Presenter of the Honorary Award to Kirk Douglas
Jones, QuincyQuincy Jones
Sharon Stone
Presenters of the awards for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Dramatic Score
Neeson, LiamLiam Neeson Presenter of the film Il Postino: The Postman on the Best Picture segment
Hiller, ArthurArthur Hiller (AMPAS President) Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute
Smits, JimmyJimmy Smits Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"
Sarandon, SusanSusan Sarandon Presenter of the award for Best Original Screenplay
Hopkins, AnthonyAnthony Hopkins Presenter of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Reeve, ChristopherChristopher Reeve Presenter of the montage saluting social issues
Bassett, AngelaAngela Bassett
Laurence Fishburne
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Zemeckis, RobertRobert Zemeckis Presenter of the award Best Director
Kidman, NicoleNicole Kidman Presenter of the film Babe on the Best Picture segment
Hanks, TomTom Hanks Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Lange, JessicaJessica Lange Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Poitier, SidneySidney Poitier Presenter of the award for Best Picture

Performers[edit]

Name(s) Role Performed
Tom ScottTom Scott Musical arranger Orchestral
Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan Performer "Moonlight" from Sabrina
Lovett, LyleLyle Lovett
Randy Newman
Performers "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story
Stomp Stomp Performers Best Sound Effects Editing montage
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen Performer "Dead Man Walking" from Dead Man Walking
Glover, SavionSavion Glover Performer "Singin' in the Rain" tap-dance tribute to Gene Kelly
Williams, VanessaVanessa Williams Performer "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas
Adams, BryanBryan Adams Performer "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" from Don Juan DeMarco
Take 6, Take 6 Performers Best Original Song medley

Ceremony information[edit]

Photo of an African-American woman with braided hair who is wearing a grey scarf and a denim jacket.
Whoopi Goldberg hosted the 68th Academy Awards.

As a result of the negative reception received from David Letterman's stint as host from the preceding year's ceremony, veteran film and television director Gil Cates declined to helm the upcoming festivities.[18] In November 1995, AMPAS recruited music producer and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Quincy Jones as producer of the 1996 ceremony.[19] Jones immediately selected actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg to host the ceremony.[19] In an interview with Los Angeles Times writer Susan King, Jones explained the decision to hire Goldberg saying, "She has all the qualifications to move on a dime, to carry the elegance and the dignity of the show and is very funny. She understands the street. She has everything."[20]

One segment that was staged during the ceremony was an elaborate fashion show showcasing the nominees for Best Costume Design.[21] Produced by fashion photographer Matthew Rolston, the production featured models such as Cameron Alborzian, Tyson Beckford, Tyra Banks, Marcus Schenkenberg, and Joel West sporting various costumes from the five films nominated in the category.[22] Initially, actor Jack Nicholson was approached to introduce the segment along with models Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. However, actor Pierce Brosnan accepted the role of presenter of the segment and award after Nicholson declined those respective duties.[21]

Several other people and elements were also involved with the production of the ceremony. Jeff Margolis served as director for the program.[23] Actress and talk show host Oprah Winfrey interviewed several nominees and other attendees during a seven-minute red carpet arrival segment shown at the beginning of the telecast.[24] Musician and saxophonist Tom Scott served as musical director for the ceremony.[25] Choreographer Jamie King supervised the performances of the Best Song nominees and two dance numbers.[26] Babe, the pig from the eponymous film, and Miss Piggy participated in a comedy sketch during the proceedings.[25] Actor Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed in a horse riding accident nearly a year earlier, made a surprise appearance on the telecast urging filmmakers to make movies that face the world's most important issues head-on.[27]

Division of Best Original Score category[edit]

Beginning with this ceremony, the AMPAS music branch divided the category of Best Original Score into two categories: Best Dramatic Score and Best Musical or Comedy Score.[28] This was seen as a response to the dominance of Walt Disney Feature Animation films in the Original Score and Original Song categories in recent years.[29] Four years later, the two scoring categories were merged back into one category.[30]

Box office performance of nominees[edit]

At the time of the nominations announcement on February 13, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees at the US box office was $333 million, with an average of $66.5 million per film.[31] Apollo 13 was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $172 million in domestic box office receipts.[31] The film was followed by Braveheart ($67 million), Babe ($58.2 million), Sense and Sensibility ($24.6 million), and finally Il Postino: The Postman ($10.7 million).[31]

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 47 nominations went to 14 films on the list. Only Toy Story (2nd), Apollo 13 (3rd), Braveheart (23rd), Babe (29th), 12 Monkeys (31st), Casino (38th) and Mr. Holland's Opus (39th) were nominated for directing, acting, screenwriting, or Best Picture.[32] The other box office hits that earned nominations were Batman Forever (1st), Pocahontas (4th), Seven (9th), Crimson Tide (10th), Waterworld (12th), The American President (27th), and Sabrina (34th).[32]

Rainbow Coalition protest[edit]

Several days before the ceremony, activist group Rainbow Coalition, led by Reverend Jesse Jackson, planned a protest regarding African Americans and other racial minorities in the film industry.[33] The group was voicing its objections to unflattering portrayals of minorities in film and television and the fact that minorities were underemployed in the entertainment industry.[33] Jackson further pointed out the disparity in racial minorities in Hollywood by noting that Best Live Action Short Film nominee Dianne Houston was the only African American nominated that year.[34] Although the group initially planned to demonstrate outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, an agreement between Jackson and producer Jones caused the protest to be moved adjacent to the broadcast facilities of the local ABC affiliate KABC-TV.[35] Nevertheless, Jones remarked that the Academy Awards were not the appropriate venue for such protest declaring "Why should the movie business be different from anything else in America? It's a problem that permeates everything in the country. Every facet of America discriminates."[36]

Critical reviews[edit]

The show received a positive reception from most media publications. The New York Times film critic Janet Maslin raved, "Mr. Jones pointedly turned this year's ceremony into a showcase for Hollywood's new guard." She also praised host Goldberg's opening monologue, remarking that it "established the sharpness of this year's gag writing."[37] People columnist Janice Min wrote that "the most egregious crime at the 68th Academy Awards on March 25 was–egad!–the relentless elegance and good taste that deprived viewers of genuine, Grade A snicker fodder.[38] Television critic Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times applauded Goldberg's performance, noting that her "confident performance [...] was symbolic of her whopping improvement as host over her showing on the 1994 Oscars."[39]

Some media outlets were more critical of the show. Chicago Tribune television critic Steve Johnson lamented that Goldberg "settled into bland script reading that made one long for David Letterman's cranky unpredictability in the role last year." He also stated that the "Best Costume Design fashion show" was the silliest opening Oscar production number since Rob Lowe and Snow White sang "Proud Mary" in 1989.[40] Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly bemoaned that the dominance of Best Picture winner Braveheart and the lack of fashion glamour "had the makings of a tiresome evening."[41]

Ratings and reception[edit]

The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 44.81 million people over its length, which was a 9% decrease from the previous year's ceremony.[42][43] The show also garnered lower Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony, with 30.48% of households watching over a 48.88 share.[44] In addition, it also earned a lower 18–49 demo rating with an 18.76 rating over a 35.27 share among viewers in that demographic.[44]

In July 1996, the ceremony presentation received seven nominations at the 48th Primetime Emmys.[45] Two months later, the ceremony won one of those nominations for Greg Brunton's lighting design and direction during the telecast.[46]

In Memoriam[edit]

The annual In Memoriam tribute was presented by Academy President Arthur Hiller. The montage featured an excerpt of the main title of The Prince of Tides composed by James Newton Howard.[47]

A separate tribute to actor, dancer, and veteran Oscar host Gene Kelly featured tap dancer Savion Glover dancing to the song "Singin' in the Rain" from the film of the same name.[48]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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