68th Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 1996)

68th Academy Awards – Anne Frank Remembered

Perhaps one of the most amazing instances to take place at the Oscars was when Jon Blair introduced on the stage Miep Gies, one of the women who protected Anne Frank and her family in an annex in Amsterdam. The evening’s second limelight was when “Braveheart” won the award for Best Picture Academy Award.

The list of Oscar winners is as follows:

Best Picture Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Braveheart

Best Director Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Mel Gibson – Braveheart

Best Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Nicolas Cage – Leaving Las Vegas

Best Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Susan Sarandon – Dead Man Walking

Best Supporting Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Kevin Spacey – The Usual Suspects

Best Supporting Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Mira Sorvino – Mighty Aphrodite

Best Original Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1996: The Usual Suspects

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Sense and Sensibility

Best Foreign Language Film Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Antonia (Netherlands)

Best Documentary Feature Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Anne Frank Remembered

Best Documentary Short Academy/Oscar Award 1996: One Survivor Remembers

Best Live Action Short Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Lieberman in Love

Best Animated Short Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Wallace & Gromit in A Close Shave

Best Original Dramatic Score Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Il Postino

Best Original Song Academy/oscar Award 1996: “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas

Best Original Musical/ Comedy Academy/Oscar award 1996: Pocahontas

Best Sound Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Braveheart

Best Sound Mixing Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Apollo 13

Best Art Direction Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Restoration

Best Cinematography Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Braveheart

Best Makeup Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Braveheart

Best Costume Design Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Restoration

Best Film Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Apollo 13

Best Visual Effects Academy/Oscar Award 1996: Babe

All in all it was a highly co- memorable evening.

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67th Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 1995)

67th Academy Awards – Worst host ever!

Academy Award watchers have officially declared David Letterman as the worst Oscar host ever! Show watchers also forbade him from hosting the Oscars again. Even though some people liked his unique humour others criticized it.

The list of Oscar winners is as follows:

Best Picture Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Forrest Gump

Best Director Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Robert Zemeckis – Forrest Gump

Best Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump

Best Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Jessica Lange – Blue Sky

Best Supporting Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Martin Landau – Ed Wood

Best Supporting Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Dianne West – Bullets Over Broadway

Best Original Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Pulp Fiction

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Forrest Gump

Best Foreign Language Film Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Burnt by the Sun (Russia)

Best Documentary Feature Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision

Best Documentary Short Academy/Oscar Award 1995: A Time for Justice

Best Live Action Short Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life

Best Animated Short Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Bob’s Birthday

Best Original Score Academy/Oscar Award 1995: The Lion King

Best Original Song Academy/Oscar Award 1995: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King

Best Sound Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Speed

Best Sound Mixing Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Speed

Best Art Direction Academy/Oscar Award 1995: The Madness of King George

Best Cinematography Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Legends of the Fall

Best Makeup Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Ed Wood

Best Costume Design Academy/Oscar Award 1995: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Best Film Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Forrest Gump

Best Visual Effects Academy/Oscar Award 1995: Forrest Gump

In terms of hosting the Oscars may have disappointed watchers but certainly not in terms of  the winners!

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66th Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 1994)

66th Academy Awards – Milestone Awards!

The 66th Academy Awards set out to set some records which are remembered till date. Anna Paquin, one of the youngest people to win an Oscar joined by Jane Campion, the second woman in Oscar history to be nominated for Best Director, including Whoopi Goldberg, the first African- American woman to host the Oscars.

Here is the list of the other tremendous wins:

Best Picture Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Schindler’s List

Best Director Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Steven Spielberg – Schindler’s List

Best Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Tom Hanks

Best Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Holly Hunter

Best Supporting Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Tommy Lee Jones

Best Supporting Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Anna Paquin

Best Original Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1994: The Piano

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Schindler’s List

Best Foreign Language Film Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Belle Epoque (Spain)

Best Documentary Feature Academy/Oscar Award 1994: I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School

Best Documentary Short Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Defending Our Lives

Best Live Action Short Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Schwarzfahrer

Best Animated Short Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers

Best Original Score Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Schindler’s List

Best Original Song Academy/Oscar Award 1994: “Streets of Philadelphia” from Philadelphia

Best Sound Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Jurassic Park

Best Sound Mixing Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Jurassic Park

Best Art Direction Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Schindler’s List

Best Cinematography Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Schindler’s List

Best Makeup Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Mrs. Doubtfire

Best Costume Design Academy/Oscar Award 1994: The Age of Innocence

Best Film Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Schindler’s List

Best Visual Effects Academy/Oscar Award 1994: Jurassic Park

Obviously with seven well deserved wins out of twelve nominations it seems that Schindler’s List was the Oscar’s apple of the eye.

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65th Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 1993)

Hollywood movie Unforgiven

65th Academy Awards: What better way than to make an entry on an Oscar!

Indeed readers, Crystal – fourth time hosting the Oscars – started the show by arriving on a giant Oscar with a whip in his hand! In addition to this the evening’s major highlights were the Humanitarian Awards given to Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.

A list of the Oscar winners is as follows:

Best Picture Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Unforgiven

Best Director Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven

Best Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Al Pacino – Scent of a Woman

Best Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Emma Thompson – Howards End

Best Supporting Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Gene Hackman – Unforgiven

Best Supporting Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Marisa Tomei

Best Original Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1993: The Crying Game

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Howards End

Best Foreign Language Film Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Indochine (France)

Best Documentary Feature Academy/Oscar Award 1993: The Panama Deception

Best Documentary Short Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Educating Peter

Best Live Action Short Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Omnibus

Best Animated Short Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

Best Original Score Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Aladin

Best Original Song Academy/Oscar Award 1993: “A Whole New World” from Aladdin

Best Sound Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Best Sound Mixing Academy/Oscar Award 1993: The Last of the Mohicans

Best Art Direction Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Howards End

Best Cinematography Academy/Oscar Award 1993: A River Runs Through It

Best Makeup Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Best Costume Design Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Best Film Editing Academy/Oscar Award 19923: Unforgiven

Best Visual Effects Academy/Oscar Award 1993: Death Becomes Her

To conclude, the Oscars were fairly successful with “Unforgiven” hitting the jackpot!

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64th Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 1992)

Hollywood film Silence of the lamb

64th Academy Awards – Beauty and the Beast

The first animated picture ever to be nominated for the Best Picture Award was the Beauty and the Beast. Another ground breaking achievement was made by The Silence of the Lambs as it made the Top 5 being selected for seven nominations.  This was Billy Crystal’s third time hosting the Oscars 1992.

A list of the winners is as follows:

Best Picture Academy/Oscar Award 1992: The Silence of the Lambs

Best Director Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Jonathan Demme – The Silence of the Lambs

Best Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs

Best Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Jodie Foster – The Silence of the Lambs

Best Supporting Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Jack Palance – City Slickers

Best Supporting Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Mercedes Ruehl – The Fisher King

Best Original Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Thelma & Louise

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1992: The Silence of the Lambs

Best Foreign Language Film Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Mediterraneo (Italy)

Best Documentary Feature Academy/Oscar Award 1992: In the Shadow of the Stars

Best Documentary Short Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment

Best Live Action Short Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Session Man

Best Animated Short Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Manipulation

Best Original Score Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Beauty and the Beast

Best Original Song Academy/Oscar Award 1992: “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast

Best Sound Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Terminator 2

Best Sound Mixing Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Terminator 2

Best Art Direction Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Bugsy

Best Cinematography Academy/Oscar Award 1992: JFK

Best Makeup Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Terminator 2

Best Costume Design Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Bugsy

Best Film Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1992: JFK

Best Visual Effects Academy/Oscar Award 1992: Terminator 2

The show was highlighted with Crystal’s impeccable humour which also won him an Emmy.

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63rd Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 1991)

Hollywood movie Dances with wolves

63rd Academy Awards – What next: Dancing with wolves?

Yes, it seems as though dancing with wolves was the new trend for the 63rd Academy Awards as “Dances with Wolves” took home seven Oscars. However, the event was marked by a sorrowful accident in which ten of Reba McEntire’s band members died in a plane crash in California. She still decided to perform the nominated song “I’m Checking Out” in honour of her band members.

A list of the Oscar winners is as follows:

Best Picture Oscar Award 1991: Dances with Wolves

Best Director Oscar Award 1991: Kevin Costner – Dances with Wolves

Best Actor Oscar Award 1991: Jeremy Irons – Reversal of Fortune

Best Actress Oscar Award 1991: Kathy Bates – Misery

Best Supporting Actor Oscar Award 1991: Joe Pesci – Goodfellas

Best Supporting Actress Oscar Award 1991: Whoopi Goldberg – Ghost

Best Original Screenplay Oscar  Award 1991: Ghost

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award 1991: Dances with Wolves

Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award 1991: Journey of Hope (Switzerland)

Best Film Editing Academy Award 1991: Dances with Wolves

Best Documentary Feature Academy Award 1991: American Dream

Best Documentary Short Academy Award 1991: Days of Waiting

Best Live Action Short Academy Award 1991: The Lunch Date

Best Animated Short Academy Award 1991: Creature Comforts

Best Original Score Academy Award 1991: Dances with Wolves

Best Animated Short Academy Award 1991: Creature Comforts

Best Original Song Academy Award 1991: “Sooner or Later” from Dick Tracy

Best Sound Editing Academy Award 1991: The Hunt for Red October

Best Sound Mixing Academy Award 1991: Dances with Wolves

Best Art Direction Academy Award 1991: Dick Tracy

Best Cinematography Academy Award 1991: Dances with Wolves

Best Makeup Academy Award 1991: Dick Tracy

Best Costume Design Academy Award 1991: Cyrano de Bergerac

A special achievement award was given to Total Recall. In addition, a banging performance was given by Bon Jovi.

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62nd Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 1990)

Hollywood academy award winner movie Driving miss daisies

62nd Academy Awards – Daisies for Oscars!

The limelight of the 62nd Academy Awards or Oscar Awards 1990 was Billy Crystal opening the show with a song about the nominees for the Best Picture. Followed by performances from Geoffrey Holder who sang two numbers – “Kiss the girl and under the sea” – from the hit Disney movie “The Little Mermaid”.  Apart from this “Driving Miss Daisy” won the Academy award for Best Picture as well as Jessica Tandy became the first ever eldest female to win the  Best Actress Academy Award. A list of the winners is as follows:

Best Picture Oscar Award 1990: Driving Miss Daisy

Best Director Oscar Award 1990: Oliver Stone – Born on the Fourth of July

Best Actor Oscar Award 1990: Daniel Day-Lewis – My Left Foot

Best Actress Oscar Award 1990: Jessica Tandy – Driving Miss Daisy

Best Supporting Actor Oscar Award 1990: Denzel Washington – Glory

Best Supporting Actress Oscar Award 1990: Brenda Fricker – My Left Foot

Best Original Screenplay Oscar Award 1990: Dead Poets Society

Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar Award 1990: Driving Miss Daisy

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Award 1990: Cinema Paradiso – Italy

Best Documentary Feature Oscar Award 1990: Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

Best Documentary Short Oscar Award 1990: The Johnstown Flood

Best Live Action Short Oscar Award 1990: Work Experience

Best Animated Short Academy/Oscar Award 1990: Balance

Best Original Score Academy/Oscar Award 1990: The Little Mermaid

Best Original Song Academy/Oscar Award 1990: “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid

Best Sound Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1990: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Best Sound Mixing Academy/Oscar Award 1990: Glory

Best Art Direction Academy/Oscar Award 1990: Batman

Best Cinematography Academy/Oscar Award 1990: Glory

Best Makeup Academy Award 1990: Driving Miss Daisy

Best Costume Design Oscar Award 1990: Henry V

Best Film Editing Oscar Award 1990: Born on the Fourth of July

Best Visual Effects Oscar Award 1990: The Abyss

All in all there were some great wins though some critics said it would be better to revote some of the wins.

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The 76th Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 2003)

The 76th Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 2003)

The 76th Academy Awards (2003) Proved To Be a Lordly Event

The Oscars are fickle in choosing whose mantle or trophy shelf they will reside upon. Some years, all the components of a singular hit run away with the top prizes. Other years, like 2004, are different. The film that took Best Picture and Director, The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King, did not get a single nomination for acting awards. That did not stop Peter Jackson and company from ruling the night with the highest award count. Still, it did leave many scratching their heads and questioning how the Academy decides their vote.

Still, the award for Best Picture Oscar Award 2003 went to the third in the three-film epic based upon Tolkein’s Masterwork, The Lord of the Rings/The Return of the King. Along with that the film also earned:

Best Art Direction Oscar Award 2003

Best Costume Design Oscar Award 2003

Best Film Editing Oscar Award 2003

Best Make-Up Oscar Award 2003

Best Original Score Oscar Award 2003

Best Original Song Oscar Award 2003

Best Sound Mixing Oscar Award 2003

Best Visual Effects Oscar Award 2003

Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar Award 2003

And, of course, Peter Jackson got a much-deserved Oscar for his role as the film’s director.

Of course, there were other films and other winners. Among them were:

Best Actor Oscar Award 2003 – Sean Penn for Mystic River

Best Actress Oscar Award 2003  – Charlize Theron for Monster

Best Supporting Actor Oscar Award 2003 – Tim Robbins for Mystic River

Best Supporting Actress Oscar Award 2003  – Renee Zellweger for Cold Mountain

Best Cinematography Oscar Award 2003 – Master and Commander of the Far Side of the World

Best Original Screenplay Oscar Award 2003- Lost in Translation — Sofia Coppola

 

Will there be a runaway winner in this year’s Oscar Race? Or will the Academy pick and choose? We’ll find out soon!

 

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77th Academy Awards (2004 Oscars Awards)

Million Dollar Baby-Academy award winner in 2004

The 2004 Oscars Awards – A Million Dollar Dream Come True

The 77th Academy awards turned into a million-dollar night for Hollywood superstar director, Clint Eastwood’s tough, and gritty film, Million-Dollar Baby. The knockout film not only managed to take home the Best Motion Picture Award, but added to its haul with wins in other categories, too, like: Best Actress Academy Award 2004 (Hillary Swank), Best Director Academy Award 2004 (Clint Eastwood), Best Supporting Actor Academy Award 2004 (Morgan Freeman). These wins came in addition to the film having been nominated in several other categories, as well. In fact, the unlikely film about a female boxer scored such a knockout that some people might tend to forget other films and other Hollywood stars and starlets took home their share of awards that night, as well.

So, aside from the million-dollar haul the top film garnered, here are some of the other films, actors, actresses and other filmdom professionals to be honored with the presentation of an Academy Award for their work during the 77th Academy Awards Ceremony:

Best Actor Oscar Award 2004 – Jamie Foxx for Ray

Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar Award 2004– Cate Blanchett for the Aviator

Best Animated Feature Film Oscar Award 2004  – The Incredibles

Best Cinematography Oscar Award 2004– The Aviator

Best Original Score Oscar Award 2004  – Finding Neverland

Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar Award 2004– Sideways – Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

Best Original Screenplay Oscar Award 2004– Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Charlie Kaufman

Some years, a film comes along that seems to take on all comers and win. 2004 was, it seemed to most, the year of the Million-Dollar-Baby-Party. Who will celebrate wins in the 2010 Oscars? Tune in and see.

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80th Academy Awards (2007 Oscar Awards)

no-country-for-old-men

The 2007 Academy Awards – The Unexpected Happened

The 80th Academy Awards ceremony honoring the best of cinema in 2007 offered up some close-races for coveted awards and a few unexpected winners. The star-studded evening featured memorable face and long, often redundant speeches, but when the stardust had settled, the results were as follows:

Best Picture Academy Award 2007? No Country for Old Men took home the top prize, beating out some fairly stiff competitions including notable films such as: Michael Clayton, Atonement, Juno and There Will Be Blood. The Best Actor Academy Award for 2007 went to Daniel Day Lewis for his role in There Will Be Blood, edging out other notables like: George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Viggo Mortensen. The Best Actress Academy Award 2007 nod went to Marion Cotillard for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, and came as a bit of shock to many who’d predicted that Cate Blanchette’s Elizabeth would reign supreme.

Other notable Oscar winners for 2007 included:

Best Actor in Supporting Role Oscar Award 2007 –Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men

Best Actress in Supporting Role Oscar Award 2007– Tilda Swenton for Michael Clayton

Best Cinematography Oscar Award 2007– Robert Elswit forThere will be Blood

Best Art Direction Oscar Award 2007– Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo for Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Original Score Oscar Award 2007– Dario Marianelli for Atonement

Best Directing Oscar Award 2007– Joel & Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men

Best Writing (Original Screenplay) Oscar Award 2007–Diablo Cody for Juno

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Oscar Award 2007–Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men

It was a year where a couple of films that were heavily nominated received less attention than many expected, but such is often the way of the Oscars. Since this is a ceremony where the pros honor their own, the movie-viewing public will just have to wait and see what sorts of surprises the Academy will present to us for 2010.

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