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68th Academy Awards
Date Monday, March 25, 1996
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
Host Whoopi Goldberg
Producer Quincy Jones
Director Jeff Margolis
Best Picture Braveheart
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 38 minutes
Viewership 44.81 million
30.48 (Nielsen rating)
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The 68th Academy Awards were held on March 25, 1996 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The show was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The ceremony was watched 44.48 million viewers, with 30.5% households watching. Despite controversy from the NAACP[citation needed] concerning what was deemed as a lack of attention to African-American actors by the Academy[citation needed], this show was the one and only time an African-American (Quincy Jones) was hired to produce the show to date[citation needed].

Key moments in this presentation included Christopher Reeve making his first public appearance onstage after becoming paralyzed, the performance of the troupe Stomp, the sextet Take 6, and a lifetime achievement award to Kirk Douglas recovering from a stroke. A special tribute to Gene Kelly was also produced. Perhaps the most moving moment of all for those more concerned with true heroes than the celluloid variety, was when Best Documentary Feature winner Jon Blair introduced the distinctly unglamourous, tiny, gray-haired, bespectacled lady next to him as Miep Gies, the last survivor of the group of people who had sheltered Anne Frank and her family and 4 other people in their secret Amsterdam hiding place during World War 2, and the person who had saved Anne Frank's now famous diary for posterity. The entire audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion rose to their feet and gave Miep a lengthy standing ovation.

Braveheart won five Oscars out of ten nominations including Best Picture. It is however, one of the few Best Picture winners that did not receive any acting nominations, a feat that would not be repeated until 2004, when The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was nominated for (and won) eleven Oscars, none of which were in an acting category. The year ceremony was noted with the last time Special Achievement Academy Award was given, to the first CGI animated feature Toy Story from Pixar, for making the first CGI animated film.


Notable Quotes

  • "Whoever Keyser Soze is, I can tell you he's going to get gloriously drunk tonight." - Kevin Spacey, after winning award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • "When you give me this award, you honor my father, Paul Sorvino, who has taught me everything I know about acting." - Mira Sorvino, after winning award for Best Supporting Actress (cameras showed Paul Sorvino in the audience crying).
  • "Who will take home the lord of all knickknacks?" - Jim Carrey, while presenting the Cinematography Award.
  • "I have been in place for six incredible years where "winning" meant a crust of bread and to live another day...I wish to thank you for honoring their memory. And you cannot do it in any better way than when you return to your homes tonight, to realize that each of you who know the joy of freedom are winners." - Gerda Weissmann Klein, the subject of the Oscar-winning Documentary Short Subject "One Survivor Remembers."
  • "I see my four sons. They are proud of the old man." - Kirk Douglas, accepting his Honorary Oscar.
  • "I went to visit Jane Austen's grave in Westminster Cathedral, to pay my respects and tell her about the grosses." - Emma Thompson upon winning award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • "What you probably don't know is that I left New York last September and I just arrived here this morning." - Christopher Reeve.
  • Thank God for your stubbornness. Thank God for everything about you. This is yours as much as mine. Thank God we live together." - Best Actress Susan Sarandon, to her partner, Tim Robbins, who directed her winning performance.

Winners & Nominees

Best Picture


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Leaving Las Vegas - Nicolas Cage

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Dead Man Walking - Susan Sarandon

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

The Usual Suspects - Kevin Spacey

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Mighty Aphrodite - Mira Sorvino

Best Director

Braveheart - Mel Gibson

Best Original Screenplay

The Usual Suspects - Christopher McQuarrie

Best Adapted Screenplay

Sense and Sensibility - Emma Thompson

Best Cinematography

Braveheart - John Toll

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Restoration - Eugenio Zanetti

Best Costume Design

Restoration - James Acheson

Best Sound

Apollo 13 - Rick Dior , Steve Pederson , Scott Millan and David MacMillan

Best Film Editing

Apollo 13 - Mike Hill and Daniel P. Hanley

Best Sound Effects Editing

Braveheart - Lon Bender and Per Hallberg

Best Visual Effects

Babe - Scott Anderson , Charles Gibson , Neal Scanlan and John Cox

Best Makeup

Braveheart - Peter Frampton , Paul Pattison and Lois Burwell

Best Music, Original Song

Colors of the Wind - Pocahontas - Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

Best Original Dramatic Score

Il Postino - Luis Enriquez Bacalov

Best Original Musical or Comedy Score

Pocahontas - Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

Best Short Film, Animated

Wallace & Gromit in A Close Shave

Best Short Film, Live Action

Lieberman in Love

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

One Survivor Remembers

Best Documentary, Features

Anne Frank Remembered

Best Foreign Language Film

Antonia - Netherlands

In Memoriam

Presented by Sharon Stone, a tribute honoring those members in the motion picture industry that died in the previous year: Ginger Rogers, composer Miklós Rózsa, Maxine Andrews, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Martin, Viveca Lindfors, Martin Balsam, animator Friz Freleng, Burl Ives, Butterfly McQueen, costume designer Dorothy Jenkins, Nancy Kelly, Lana Turner, Elisha Cook Jr., Ida Lupino, art director Harry Horner, writer Terry Southern, Haing S. Ngor, Michael Hordern, producer Don Simpson, producer Ross Hunter, director Frank Perry, Alexander Godunov, director Louis Malle, director/writer Howard Koch, and George Burns.

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