70th Academy Awards (1998 Oscar Awards)

70th Academy Awards – Titanic sunk with 11 Oscars!

Yes – believe it or not – Titanic made a record second to Ben- Hur with its eleven wins out of fourteen nominations. For those of you who have watched the movie will know that the awards were well deserved.

Here is a list of the winners:

Best Picture Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Best Director Academy/Oscar Award 1998: James Cameron – Titanic

Best Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Jack Nicholson – As Good as It Gets

Best Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Helen Hunt – As Good as It Gets

Best Supporting Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Robin Williams – Good Will Hunting

Best Supporting Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Kim Basinger – L.A. Confidential

Best Original Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Good Will Hunting

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1998: L.A. Confidential

Best Foreign Language Film Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Karakter (Netherlands)

Best Documentary Feature Academy/Oscar Award 1998: The Long Way Home

Best Documentary Short Academy/Oscar Award 1998: A Story of Healing

Best Live Action Short Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Visas and Virtue

Best Animated Short Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Geri’s Game

Best Original Dramatic Score Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Best Original Song Academy/Oscar Award 1998: “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic

Best Original Musical/ Comedy Academy award 1998: The Full Monty

Best Sound Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Best Sound Mixing Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Best Art Direction Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Best Cinematography Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Best Makeup Academy Award/Oscar 1998: Men in Black

Best Costume Design Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Best Film Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Best Visual Effects Academy/Oscar Award 1998: Titanic

Alongside Titanic winning multiple Oscars other high points of the evening were Aaliyah’s performance – the youngest ever to perform on the Oscars – a song from Anastasia and Celine Dion’s performance of “My Heart will Go On”.

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69th Academy Awards (Oscar Awards 1997)

69th Academy Awards – The Year of the Independents

So was named the 69th Academy Awards due to low budget independent films dominating the show and also the award for Best Picture. This was Billy Crystal’s fifth time hosting the Oscars. Another high point of the evening was The English Patient’s nine wins out of twelve nominations.

Here follows a list of the winners of the 69th Academy Awards:

Best Picture Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The English Patient

Best Director Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Anthony Minghella – The English Patient

Best Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Geoffrey Rush – Shine

Best Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Frances McDormand – Fargo

Best Supporting Actor Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Jerry Maguire

Best Supporting Actress Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Juliette Binoche – The English Patient

Best Original Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Fargo

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Sling Blade

Best Foreign Language Film Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Kolya (Czech Republic)

Best Documentary Feature Academy/Oscar Award 1997: When We Were Kings

Best Documentary Short Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien

Best Live Action Short Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Dear Diary

Best Animated Short Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Quest

Best Original Dramatic Score Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The English Patient

Best Original Song Academy/Oscar Award 1997: “You Must Love Me” from Evita

Best Original Musical/ Comedy Academy/Oscar award 1997: Emma

Best Sound Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The Ghost and the Darkness

Best Sound Mixing Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The English Patient

Best Art Direction Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The English Patient

Best Cinematography Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The English Patient

Best Makeup Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The Nutty Professor

Best Costume Design Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The English Patient

Best Film Editing Academy/Oscar Award 1997: The English Patient

Best Visual Effects Academy/Oscar Award 1997: Independence Day

Even though the show had some great wins it, viewers suffered a great disappointment as predicted Lauren Bacall did not win an Oscar.

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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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