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 Presenters and performers
- 3 Ceremony information
- 4 In Memoriam
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 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:
Presenters and performers
The following individuals, in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Thomas, RandyRandy Thomas||Announcer for the 69th annual Academy Awards|
|Hiller, ArthurArthur Hiller (AMPAS president)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Sorvino, MiraMira Sorvino||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Bullock, SandraSandra Bullock||Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Martin, SteveSteve Martin||Presenter of the film Jerry Maguire on the Best Picture segment|
|Binoche, JulietteJuliette Binoche||Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Presenters of the award Best Sound Editing|
|Love, CourtneyCourtney Love||Presenter of the award for Best Makeup|
|Ryder, WinonaWinona Ryder||Presenter of the "Togetherness and the Movies" montage|
|Spacey, KevinKevin Spacey||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Danes, ClaireClaire Danes||Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "That Thing You Do"|
|Hunter, HollyHolly Hunter||Presenter of the film Fargo on the Best Picture segment|
|Farley, ChrisChris Farley
|Presenters of the award for Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film|
|Andrews, JulieJulie Andrews||Presenter of the Honorary Academy Award to Michael Kidd|
|Hunt, HelenHelen Hunt||Presenter of the segment of the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement|
|Jones, Tommy LeeTommy Lee Jones
|Presenters of the award Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature|
|Carrey, JimJim Carrey||Presenter of the awards for Best Visual Effects|
|O'Donnell, ChrisChris O'Donnell||Presenters of the award for Best Sound|
|Kidman, NicoleNicole Kidman||Presenter of the Best Film editing montage and dance number
Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
|Reynolds, DebbieDebbie Reynolds||Presenter of the awards for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score|
|Hines, GregoryGregory Hines||Presenter of the award for Best Original Dramatic Score|
|Close, GlennGlenn Close||Presenter of the film Shine on the Best Picture segment
Introducer of the musical performance by David Helfgott
|Robbins, TimTim Robbins||Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Hayek, SalmaSalma Hayek||Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "For the First Time"|
|Douglas, MichaelMichael Douglas||Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Saul Zaentz|
|Weaver, SigourneySigourney Weaver||Presenter of the film The English Patient on the Best Picture segment|
|Thomas, Kristin ScottKristin Scott Thomas
|Presenter of the award Best Foreign Language Film|
|Lopez, JenniferJennifer Lopez||Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Because You Loved Me"|
|Bassett, AngelaAngela Bassett||Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute|
|Hawn, GoldieGoldie Hawn
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Song|
|Branagh, KennethKenneth Branagh||Presenter of the "Shakespeare and the Movies" montage|
|Foster, JodieJodie Foster||Presenter of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay|
|MacDowell, AndieAndie MacDowell||Presenter of the film Secrets and Lies on the Best Picture segment|
|Cage, NicolasNicolas Cage||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Sarandon, SusanSusan Sarandon||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Gibson, MelMel Gibson||Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Pacino, AlAl Pacino||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Conti, BillBill Conti||Musical Arrangers||Orchestral|
|Crystal, BillyBilly Crystal||Host||Opening number
Secrets & Lies (to the tune of The Brady Bunch theme song)
The English Patient (parody of "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" from My Fair Lady)
Jerry Maguire (to the tune of "Victory March")
Shine (to the tune of "Flight of the Bumblebee")
Fargo (to the tune of "My Kind of Town" from Robin and the 7 Hoods))
|Madonna Madonna||Performer||"You Must Love Me" from Evita|
|The Wonders, The Wonders||Performers||"That Thing You Do" from That Thing You Do|
|Dion, CelineCeline Dion||Performer||"I Finally Found Someone" from The Mirror Has Two Faces|
|Flatley, MichaelMichael Flatley||Performers||Best Film Editing montage|
|Loggins, KennyKenny Loggins||Performers||"For the First Time" from One Fine Day|
|Dion, CelineCeline Dion||Performer||"Because You Loved Me" from Up Close & Personal|
After taking a year off, Gil Cates was selected by AMPAS in November 1996 to oversee production of the ceremony for the seventh time. Immediately, he chose actor and comedian Billy Crystal to host the 1997 telecast. Cates explained his choice of Crystal as host saying, "Billy is quick and agile and bright, and he plays the unexpected events of the live telecast like a Stradivarius. He's become the standard against which all other hosting performances are measured." Crystal expressed his excitement on hosting the ceremony for the fifth time joking, "Once Barry Scheck turned it down, I had a feeling they'd come to me." Furthermore he set up a website with the address www.whyistheshowsolong.com asking the public to send in jokes that would eventually be used during the gala.
As with previous ceremonies he produced, Cates centered the show around a theme. This year, he christened the show with the theme "Togetherness of Moviegoing" commenting, "The thing that's kind of wonderful about movies is that you watch them with other people. The only other areas where you do that, when you think about it, are religion and sports." He concluded by noting that the movie theater is "a wonderful place where you come together to laugh, to cry." In tandem with the theme, actress Winona Ryder presented a montage featuring film clips from Matinee, Casablanca, and A Streetcar Named Desire depicting audiences inside a movie theater.
Natalie Cole was initially scheduled to sing the nominated song "I Finally Found Someone" from The Mirror Has Two Faces on the show after its songwriter and original performer Barbra Streisand declined to do so. However, after Cole contracted the flu, she withdrew for her performance duties and was eventually replaced by Celine Dion who also sang "Because You Loved Me" later ub the broadcast.
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).
- 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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