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63rd Academy Awards
63rd Academy Awards ceremony poster.jpg
Date Monday, March 25, 1991
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
Host Billy Crystal
Producer Gilbert Cates
Director Jeff Margolis
Best Picture Dances with Wolves
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 35 minutes
Viewership 42.79 million
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The 63rd Academy Awards were presented March 25, 1991 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. The show was hosted by Billy Crystal.

The prominent winner was Dances with Wolves which earned seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Whoopi Goldberg made history in becoming the second African-American actress to ever win an Academy Award (the first being Hattie McDaniel in 1939).


Major awards

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

Best Picture

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Best Foreign Language Film

Other awards

Best Animated Short

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography

Best Costume Design

Best Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Short Subject

Best Film Editing

Best Live Action Short Film

Best Makeup

Best Original Score

Best Original Song

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing

Special honors

Academy Honorary Award

Academy Special Achievement Award


  • Seven members of Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were among 10 who died in a March 16, 1991 plane crash near San Diego, California. There was a minor controversy over her decision to perform on the Academy Awards a week after the crash. But, she appeared on the show to dedicate the nominated song, I'm Checking Out, from the film Postcards from the Edge, to her fallen band members. During the performance, McEntire was visibly emotional.
  • Billy Crystal won two Emmys, for writing and for his hosting performance, for this telecast.
  • Madonna performed 'Sooner or Later' from the 'Dick Tracy' film soundtrack I'm Breathless. This performance was one of the most talked about of the evening and many fans consider it one of Madonna's most beloved and memorable stage-performances. The song went on to win 'Best Original Song from a Motion Picture' (for Stephen Sondheim) Even more buzz was caused by her escort for the evening: Michael Jackson

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