69th Academy Awards
|69th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 24, 1997|
Los Angeles, California
|Director||Louis J. Horvitz|
|Best Picture||The English Patient|
|Most awards||The English Patient (9)|
|Most nominations||The English Patient (12)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 38 minutes |
The 69th Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) took place on March 24, 1997, 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 Oscars) in 24 categories honoring films released in 1996. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and directed by Louis J. Horvitz. Actor Billy Crystal hosted the show for the fifth time. He first presided over the 62nd ceremony held in 1990 and had last hosted the 65th ceremony held in 1993. Three weeks earlier, in a ceremony held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on March 1, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Helen Hunt.
The English Patient won nine awards including Best Picture. Other winners included Fargo with two awards, and Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien, Dear Diary, Emma, Evita, The Ghost and the Darkness, Independence Day, Jerry Maguire, Kolya, The Nutty Professor, Quest, Shine, Sling Blade, and When We Were Kings with one. The telecast garnered almost 41 million viewers in the United States.
- 1 Winners and nominees
- 2 Multiple nominations and awards
- 3 In Memoriam
- 4 Ceremony information
- 5 Presenters and performers
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
Winners and nominees
The nominees for the 69th Academy Awards were announced on February 11, 1997 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Robert Rehme, president of the Academy, and actress Mira Sorvino. The English Patient received the most nominations with twelve; Fargo and Shine came in second with seven apiece.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 24, 1997. Best Actress winner Frances McDormand was the first person to win for a role in a film directed by his or her spouse. Best Original Musical or Comedy Score winner Rachel Portman became the first female winner for composing a musical score.
Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface
Academy Honorary Award
Irving G. Thalberg Award
Scientific and Technical Award
Multiple nominations and awards
The following seventeen films received multiple nominations:
The following two films received multiple awards:
Box office performance of nominees
At the time of the nominations announcement on February 11, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees at the US box office was $209 million, with an average of $41.9 million per film. Jerry Maguire was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $121.5 million in domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by The English Patient ($42.3 million), Shine ($16.1million), Fargo ($24 million), and finally Secrets & Lies ($5.9 million).
Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 37 nominations went to 17 films on the list. Only Jerry Maguire (9th), Primal Fear (27th), and The English Patient (35th) were nominated for directing, acting, screenwriting, or Best Picture. The other top 50 box office hits that earned nominations were Independence Day (1st), Twister (2nd), The Rock (4th), The Nutty Professor (7th), The Birdcage (8th), Eraser(13th), The Hunchback of Norte Dame (14th), Star Trek: First Contact (15th), Sleepers (29th), Dragonheart (30th), The Preacher's Wife (32nd), Evita (36th), The Ghost and the Darkness (39th), and Daylight (48th).
News and recap
Shortly before the ceremony, two light aircraft flew over the auditorium streaming banners behind them. The first read "Columbia Studios Sucks — Larry Flynt", as the subject of the Oscar-nominated film The People vs. Larry Flynt protested against not being invited. Eventually the agent of Woody Harrelson, whose portrayal of Flynt was nominated for Best Actor, gave his seat so the publisher could attend. The second banner read "Disney uses sweatshops — 30 cents an hour in Haiti", criticizing Walt Disney Studios about the conditions under which some of its movie merchandise are allegedly produced.
The Awards marked one of the greatest upsets in Oscar history as most had predicted Lauren Bacall would win Best Supporting Actress for The Mirror Has Two Faces. Instead, the Oscar went to Juliette Binoche for The English Patient. Binoche herself even acknowledged surprise, saying she felt Bacall deserved the award during her acceptance speech.
It was the first time ever that a singer sang twice during the Academy Awards. Because Natalie Cole had the flu, Céline Dion not only sang her own song "Because You Loved Me", but also Barbra Streisand's song "I Finally Found Someone", after only a few hours to rehearse.
Madonna had won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of Eva Perón in Evita, but was not nominated for the Oscar. Despite the snub, she attended the Oscars and sang "You Must Love Me" from Evita. Immeidately afterwards host Billy Crystal said "In case you missed it, that ws class."
The ceremony attracted 40.83 million viewers, the lowest audience without dipping below the 40 million mark (later surpassed by the 40.54m who watched in 2002).
Presenters and performers
The following individuals, in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
- Julie Andrews (Presenter: Honorary Award to Michael Kidd)
- Beavis and Butthead (Presenters: Best Sound Effects Editing)
- Juliette Binoche (Presenter: Best Costume Design)
- Kenneth Branagh (Presenter: Shakespeare on Film Montage)
- Sandra Bullock (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- Nicolas Cage (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Jim Carrey (Presenter: Best Visual Effects)
- Claire Danes (Presenter: The Wonders Performance)
- Michael Douglas (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
- Jodie Foster (Presenter: Writing Awards)
- Mel Gibson (Presenter: Best Director)
- Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler (Presenters: Best Original Song)
- Salma Hayek (Presenter: Kenny Loggins Performance)
- Gregory Hines (Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score)
- Helen Hunt (Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards)
- Nicole Kidman (Presenter: Best Film Editing)
- Jennifer Lopez (Presenter: Celine Dion Performance)
- Courtney Love (Presenter: Best Makeup)
- Chris O'Donnell (Presenter: Best Sound)
- Al Pacino (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Debbie Reynolds (Presenter: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score)
- Tim Robbins (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- Susan Sarandon (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Mira Sorvino (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
- Kristin Scott Thomas and Jack Valenti (Presenters: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Kevin Spacey (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Billy Crystal (Opening number - "Secrets and Lies" (parody of "The Brady Bunch theme song"); "The English Patient" (parody of "Wouldn't It Be Loverly"); "Jerry Maguire" (parody of "Victory March"); "Shine" (parody of "Flight of the Bumblebee"); "Fargo" (parody of "My Kind of Town"))
- Celine Dion ("Because You Loved Me" from Up Close & Personal and "I Finally Found Someone" from The Mirror Has Two Faces)
- Michael Flatley and Lord of the Dance (Film Editing Montage)
- David Letterman (The English Patient broadcast opener filmed parody)
- Kenny Loggins ("For the First Time" from One Fine Day)
- Madonna ("You Must Love Me" from Evita)
- The Wonders ("That Thing You Do" from That Thing You Do!)
- 3rd Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 17th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 39th Grammy Awards
- 49th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 50th British Academy Film Awards
- 51st Tony Awards
- 54th Golden Globe Awards
- Submissions for the 69th Academy Award for Best Foreign Film
- The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) Overview
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