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64th Academy Awards
Date Monday, March 30, 1992
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
Host Billy Crystal
Producer Gilbert Cates
Director Jeff Margolis
Best Picture The Silence of the Lambs
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 33 minutes
Viewership 44.44 million
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The 64th Academy Awards were presented March 30, 1992 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The show was the third consecutive to be hosted by Billy Crystal. When Jack Palance won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Curly in City Slickers (which also starred Crystal), Palance's acceptance speech began with the joke "I crap bigger than him (Crystal)" -- a reference to a similar line in the film. Palance also used some of his speech time to prove his virility by performing one-handed push-ups. In mock retaliation for Palance's comment, Crystal peppered the remainder of the telecast with jokes about Palance performing spectacular feats. As a result, Crystal won an Emmy for hosting the show, although he later (in the documentary Get Bruce) credited Bruce Vilanch for providing him many of the Palance jokes.

The Silence of the Lambs won the five major awards out of seven nominations, becoming only the third film to accomplish the feat of winning the "Top Five", after It Happened One Night (1934) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). As of 2009, it is also the only horror movie to ever win Best Picture.

This year's ceremony made Academy Award History as Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best Picture, the first (and, so far, only) time an Animated Feature Film was bestowed with such honor. The Picture garnered a total of six nominations in four different categories, eventually collecting two awards for its Music (Best Original Score and Original Song, for "Beauty and the Beast").


Winners and nominees


Best Picture

The Silence of the Lambs

Best Actor in a Leading Role

The Silence of the Lambs - Anthony Hopkins

Best Actress in a Leading Role

The Silence of the Lambs - Jodie Foster

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

City Slickers - Jack Palance

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The Fisher King - Mercedes Ruehl

Best Director

The Silence of the Lambs - Jonathan Demme

Best Original Screenplay

Thelma & Louise - Callie Khouri

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Silence of the Lambs - Ted Tally

Best Cinematography

JFK - Robert Richardson

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Bugsy - Dennis Gassner and Nancy Haigh

Best Costume Design

Bugsy - Albert Wolsky

Best Sound

Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Tom Johnson , Gary Rydstrom , Gary Summers and Lee Orloff

Best Film Editing

JFK - Pietro Scalia and Joe Hutshing

Best Sound Effects Editing

Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Gary Rydstrom and Gloria S. Borders

Best Visual Effects

Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Dennis Muren , Stan Winston , Gene Warren Jr. and Robert Skotak

Best Makeup

Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Stan Winston and Jeff Dawn

Best Music, Original Song

Beauty and the Beast - Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for the song Beauty and the Beast

Best Music, Original Score

Beauty and the Beast - Alan Menken

Best Short Film, Animated


Best Short Film, Live Action

Session Man

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment

Best Documentary, Features

In the Shadow of the Stars

Best Foreign Language Film

Mediterraneo - Italy

Honorary Award

Satyajit Ray


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