69th Academy Awards
|69th Academy Awards|
|Date||Monday, 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 1|
The 69th Academy Awards were held on March 24, 1997, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California to honor the best films of 1996. The ceremony, which was telecast by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and directed by Louis J. Horvitz. The ceremony was dominated by movies produced by independent studios, financed outside of mainstream Hollywood, leading to 1996 being dubbed "The Year of the Independents". All but one of the nominees for Best Picture were low-budget independent movies (the next ceremony dominated by indie fims would be in 2006. 2008 was also dominated by independents). The big winner at the ceremony was Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, which had received 12 nominations and won 9 awards including Best Picture.
Other notable movies to be honoured at the ceremony included Fargo, which had been nominated for 7 awards and won 2, Shine, which had been nominated for 7 awards and won only one, and Jerry Maguire and Evita, which each both had been nominated for 5 awards and each won only one.
Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface2
The following seventeen films received multiple nominations:
The following two films received multiple awards:
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).
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.3 Eventually the agent of Woody Harrelson, whose portrayal of Flynt was nominated for Best Actor, gave his seat so the publisher could attend.4 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.3
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.5
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,6 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."citation needed
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).
- 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)
- 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!)
- 54th Golden Globe Awards
- 3rd Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 17th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1996 in film
- Submissions for the 69th Academy Award for Best Foreign Film
- 39th Grammy Awards
- 48th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 49th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 50th British Academy Film Awards
- 51st Tony Awards
- The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) Overview
- "The 69th Academy Awards (1997) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
- AMPAS. "Juliette Binoche winning Best Supporting Actress". Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Golden Globes for 'English Patient' and Madonna". New York Times. 21 January 1997. Retrieved 6 February 2014.