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65th Academy Awards

65th Academy Awards
File:65th Academy Awards.jpg
Official poster
Date March 29, 1993
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Host Billy Crystal
Producer Gil Cates
Director Jeff Margolis
Best Picture Unforgiven
Most awards Unforgiven (4)
Most nominations Howard's End and Unforgiven (9)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 33 minutes[1]
Ratings 45.85 million
32.33% (Nielsen ratings)
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The 65th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored films released in 1992 in the United States and took place on March 29, 1993, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 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 23 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and directed by Jeff Margolis.[2][3] Actor Billy Crystal hosted the show for the fourth consecutive year.[4] Three weeks earlier, in a ceremony held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on March 6, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Sharon Stone.[5]

Unforgiven won four Oscars including Best Director for Clint Eastwood and Best Picture.[6] Other winners included Bram Stoker's Dracula and Howards End with three awards, Aladdin with two, and The Crying Game, Death Becomes Her, Educating Peter, My Cousin Vinny, Indochine, The Last of the Mohicans, Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase, Omnibus, The Panama Deception, A River Runs Through It and Scent of a Woman with one. The telecast garnered almost 46 million viewers in the United States.

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 65th Academy Awards were announced on February 17, 1993, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Robert Rehme, president of the Academy, and the actress Mercedes Ruehl.[7] Howards End and Unforgiven led all nominees with nine nominations each.[8]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 29, 1993.[9] Best Director winner Clint Eastwood became the seventh person nominated for lead acting and directing for the same film.[10] Best Actor winner Al Pacino was the sixth performer to receive nominations in the lead and supporting categories in the same year.[11] He also became the first person to win in the lead acting category after achieving the aforementioned feat.[12] By virtue of his second straight win in both music categories, Alan Menken became the third person to win two Oscars in two consecutive years.[13]


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Al Pacino, Best Actor winner
Gene Hackman, Best Supporting Actor winner
Marisa Tomei, Best Supporting Actress winner
File:Neil Jordan by David Shankbone.jpg
Neil Jordan, Best Original Screenplay winner
File:Régis Wargnier 2012.jpg
Régis Wargnier, Best Foreign Language Film winner
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Tim Rice, Best Original Song co-winner

Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[14]

Academy Honorary Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards

Films with multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

The following individuals (in order of appearance) presented awards or performed musical numbers:[18]


Name(s) Role
Thomas, RandiRandi Thomas Announcer for the 65th annual Academy Awards
Rehme, RobertRobert Rehme (AMPAS president) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Davis, GeenaGeena Davis Presenter of the "Women in the Movies" Montage
Palance, JackJack Palance Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Huston, AnjelicaAnjelica Huston Presenter of the film Unforgiven during the Best Picture segment
Robbins, TimTim Robbins
Susan Sarandon
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Ruehl, MercedesMercedes Ruehl Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Pesci, JoeJoe Pesci
Marisa Tomei
Presenters of the award for Best Makeup
Peck, GregoryGregory Peck Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Audrey Hepburn
Parker, Sarah JessicaSarah Jessica Parker
David Paymer
Presenters of the award for Best Live Action Short Film
Snow White Snow White Presenter of the award for Best Animated Short Film
Bates, KathyKathy Bates Presenter of the film A Few Good Men on the Best Picture segment
Close, GlennGlenn Close Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Stone, SharonSharon Stone Presenter of the segment of the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement and Gordon E. Sawyer Award
Gere, RichardRichard Gere Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction
Goldberg, WhoopiWhoopi Goldberg Presenter of the film Howards End on the Best Picture segment
MacDowell, AndieAndie MacDowell Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Lovitz, JonJon Lovitz Presenter of the award for Best Sound Effects Editing
Hanks, TomTom Hanks
Denzel Washington
Presenters of the awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature
Loren, SophiaSophia Loren
Marcello Mastroianni
Presenters of the Academy Honorary Award to Federico Fellini
Juliá, RaúlRaúl Juliá Presenter of the award for Best Original Score
Bancroft, AnneAnne Bancroft
Dustin Hoffman
Presenters of the awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Keaton, DianeDiane Keaton Presenter of the film The Crying Game on the Best Picture segment
Downey Jr, RobertRobert Downey Jr
Alfre Woodard
Presenter of the award for Best Sound
Horne, LenaLena Horne
Quincy Jones
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Hopkins, AnthonyAnthony Hopkins Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Freeman, MorganMorgan Freeman
Gene Hackman
Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Deneuve, CatherineCatherine Deneuve Presenter of the award Best Costume Design
Lansbury, AngelaAngela Lansbury Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Elizabeth Taylor
Foster, JodieJodie Foster Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Fonda, JaneJane Fonda Presenter of the film Scent of a Woman on the Best Picture segment
Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand Presenter of the award for Best Director
Nicholson, JackJack Nicholson
Presenters of the award for Best Picture


Name(s) Role Performed
Conti, BillBill Conti Musical Arranger Orchestral
Crystal, BillyBilly Crystal Host Opening number:
Scent of a Woman (to the tune of "I'm a Woman" by Peggy Lee)
Howard's End (to the tune of "Hooray for Hollywood" from Hollywood Hotel)
A Few Good Men (to the tune of "Sound Off!")
The Crying Game (to the tune of "(Love Is) The Tender Trap" from The Tender Trap)
Unforgiven to the tune of ("Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole)[19]
Kane, BradBrad Kane
Lea Salonga
Performers "A Whole New World" from Aladdin
Domingo, PlácidoPlácido Domingo
Sheila E.
Performers "Beautiful Maria of My Soul" from The Mambo Kings
Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole Performer "I Have Nothing" from The Bodyguard
"Run to You" from The Bodyguard
Minnelli, LizaLiza Minnelli Performer "Ladies' Day" during the musical tribute to women in the film
Carter, NellNell Carter Performer "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin

Ceremony information

Riding on the success of last year's ceremony which won several Emmys and critical acclaim, the Academy rehired producer Gil Cates for the fourth consecutive year.[20] In February 1993, actor and comedian Billy Crystal was chosen by Cates as host also for the fourth straight time.[21] Cates justified the decision to hire him saying, "He is a major movie star with a talent for moving the evening's entertainment along."[22] According to an article by Army Archerd published in Variety, Crystal initially declined to host again citing his busy film schedule that included Mr. Saturday Night and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold.[23] However, after Cates sent him a funeral wreath with a poem declaring "The show and I are dead without you" followed by a head of a fake dead horse similar to one featured in the film The Godfather, Crystal accepted the role as emcee.[24]

As with previous ceremonies he produced, Cates centered the show around a theme. Inspired by the Year of the Woman in which a record four women were elected to the United States Senate, Cates christened the 1993 show with the theme "Oscar Celebrates Women and the Movies".[25] In tandem with the theme, AMPAS gathered 67 female Oscar winners of every category for a photo that was later shown at the start of the telecast.[26] Actress and singer Liza Minnelli performed "Ladies' Day", a song written by Fred Ebb and John Kander specifically for the broadcast.[27] Oscar winning documentarian Lynne Littman assembled a montage highlighting women in film.[28]

Several other people participated in the production of the ceremony. Bill Conti served as conductor and musical supervisor for the ceremony.[29] Choreographer Debbie Allen supervised the Best Song nominee performances and the "Ladies' Night" musical number.[30] Voice actress Randy Thomas served as announcer of the telecast becoming the first woman to do so.[31]

Box office performance of nominees

At the time of the nominations announcement on February 17, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees at the US box office was $252 million, with an average of $50.4 million per film.[32] A Few Good Men was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $120 million in domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by Unforgiven ($75.2 million), Scent of a Woman ($34.1 million), The Crying Game ($14 million), and finally Howards End ($8.7 million).[32]

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 38 nominations went to 13 films on the list. Only A Few Good Men (6th), Unforgiven (17th), Malcolm X (30th) and Scent of a Woman (38th) were nominated for directing, acting, screenwriting, or Best Picture.[33] The other top 50 box office hits that earned nominations were Aladdin (1st), Batman Returns (3rd), Basic Instinct (8th), The Bodyguard (9th), Under Siege (12th), Bram Stoker's Dracula (14th), The Last of the Mohicans (16th), Death Becomes Her (22nd), and Alien³ (26th).[33]

Critical reviews

The show received a negative reception from most media publications. Associated Press television critic Frazier Moore lamented that Crystal "seemed incredibly listless." He also questioned the purpose of the "Year of the Woman" theme writing, "The Oscar show itself seemed at odds with its own feminist theme."[34] Robert Bianco from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette derided Allen's musical production numbers, comparing them to the disastrous opening number at the 61st ceremony held in 1989.[35] Columnist Matt Roush of USA Today complained, "Crystal, in a by-now-familiar performance, has, in four years, taken a plum assignment and, by repetition, reduced it to shtick." He also wrote that, "The song medley is getting old hat," and the "smug references to his flop Mr. Saturday Night were out of an improv amateur night."[36]

The telecast also received unfavorable reaction from various public feminist figures. In an interview with Los Angeles Daily News author and activist Betty Friedan condemned the "Year of the Woman" theme commenting, "It had no basis in reality. On behalf of women directors, cinematographer, and producers, I resent the travesty of calling that a tribute."[37] Likewise, President of the National Organization for Women's Los Angeles chapter Tammy Bruce chastised ceremony's feminist tribute as "one of the most hypocritical, patronizing things I saw in my whole life."[38] In response, Gil Cates responded towards the criticism of the theme stating, "The theme developed and raised consciousness in a way that I think is positive, not only for the individual in general but for individual women specifically."[37] He also quoted an ancient Chinese proverb later made famous by former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt saying, "It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness"[39]

Ratings and reception

The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 45.85 million people over its length, which was a 3% increase from the previous year's ceremony.[40][41] The show also drew higher Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony with 32.33% of households watching over a 49.35 share.[42] In addition, it also drew a higher 18–49 demo rating with a 20.24 rating over a 40.55 share among viewers in that demographic.[42]

See also


A^ : The Academy revoked the Best Foreign Language Film nomination of Uruguay's A Place in the World after an investigation that determined the film as an Argentine production and therefore violated the Academy's rules which require that there be "substantial filmmaking input from the country that submits the film."[43]
B^ : Hepburn died on January 20, 1993, shortly after AMPAS announced the honor.[44] Her son Sean accepted the award at the ceremony on her behalf.[45]


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