65th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1993)

  • Date of Ceremony: Monday, March 29, 1993
  • For films released in: 1992
  • Host(s): Billy Crystal (video)
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The 65th Annual Academy Awards were presented on Monday, March 29th, 1993 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For the fourth straight year, Billy Crystal hosted. He made his entrance riding atop a giant Oscar, pulled by the source of so much of his material the year before, Jack Palance.

Unforgiven won four awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Clint Eastwood), Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Editing (Joel Cox).

I’ve been around for thirty-nine years, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve been very lucky. I heard Al say he was lucky, but everybody feels that way when you’re able to make a living in a profession that you really enjoy. That’s an opportunity I think a lot of people don’t have.” – Clint Eastwood

Hackman’s acceptance for Best Supporting Actor was brief. He thanked his fellow cast and then said “I’d like to dedicate my part of this evening to my uncle, Orin Hackman. He was a wonderful guy.”

Al Pacino, who entered the evening nominated in both the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories, won Best Actor for Scent of a Woman. He had been nominated six times without a win and told the audience “You broke my streak.”

Now, recently a young girl came up to me. I was at a function for the South Bronx, which is where I’m from. And she said that I had encouraged her, and that’s not necessarily by my work but just by the fact that we came from the same place. And I just can’t forget that girl, and I can’t forget the kids out there who may be thinking tonight that if he can do it, I can do it. So this is really a proud and hopeful moment for me, because I want to thank the Academy for giving us a gift of encouragement. And this is a gift, a great gift to me. I thank you all, really. Thank you.” – Al Pacino

Howards End’s three Oscar wins included a Best Actress for Emma Thompson, who thanked the Academy for the view from the stage saying “it’s overwhelming to see so many faces who’ve entertained and influenced me and thrilled me all my life, and it just takes my breath away. “.

Marisa Tomei was pegged by pundits as the dark horse for Best Supporting Actress, seeing as she was up against Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave and Judy Davis. When she won some people started swirling rumors around that presenter Jack Palance had accidentally read the wrong name. When the Academy caught wind of this, they had their accountants certify that the results were true.

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was shred by two legends, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Sadly, Hepburn had passed away a few months before the ceremony, so her award was accepted by one of her children, Sean Hepburn Ferrer.

I have been on this stage many times as a presenter, I have sat in the audience as a loser, and I have had the thrill and the honor of standing here as a winner. But I never ever thought I would come out here to receive this award. It is the highest possible accolade I could receive from my peers, and for doing something I just have to do, that my passion must do. I am filled with pride and humility.” – Elizabeth Taylor

The legendary Italian director, Frederico Fellini, was presented an Honorary Oscar by two other Italian legends, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

I come from a country and I belong to a generation for which America and movies were almost the same thing, and now to be here with you, my dear Americans, make me feel at home. I want to thank all of you to making me feel in this way.” – Frederico Fellini


Best Picture

  • Unforgiven
    Clint Eastwood [Producer]

Best Directing

  • Unforgiven
    Clint Eastwood

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Howards End
    Emma Thompson

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • My Cousin Vinny
    Marisa Tomei

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Indochine

Best Art Direction

  • Howards End
    Luciana Arrighi [Art Direction] and Ian Whittaker [Set Decoration]

Best Cinematography

  • A River Runs Through It
    Phillippe Rousselot

Best Costume Design

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Eiko Ishioka

Best Documentary (Feature)

  • The Panama Deception
    Barbara Trent [Producer] and David Kasper [Producer]

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

  • Educating Peter
    Thomas C. Goodwin [Producer] and Gerardine Wurzburg [Producer]

Best Film Editing

  • Unforgiven
    Joel Cox

Best Makeup

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Greg Cannom, Michèle Burke and Matthew W. Mungle

Best Music (Original Score)

  • Aladdin
    Alan Menken

Best Music (Original Song)

  • Aladdin "A Whole New World"
    Alan Menken [Music by] and Tim Rice [Lyric by]

Best Short Film (Animated)

  • Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase
    Joan C. Gratz

Best Short Film (Live Action)

  • Omnibus
    Sam Karmann

Best Sound

  • The Last of the Mohicans
    Chris Jenkins, Doug Hemphill, Mark Smith and Simon Kaye

Best Sound Effects Editing

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Tom C. McCarthy and David E. Stone

Best Visual Effects

  • Death Becomes Her
    Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Doug Smythe and Tom Woodruff Jr.

Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

  • Howards End
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

  • The Crying Game
    Neil Jordan

Award of Commendation

  • The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
    Note: …in recognition of the indispensable contributions of its members, who represent the full spectrum of artists, technicians and craftspeople, to the art of motion pictures on the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Alliance's founding.

Honorary Award

  • Federico Fellini
    Note: …in recognition of his place as one of the screen's master storytellers.

Medal of Commendation

  • Petro Vlahos
    Note: …in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Elizabeth Taylor

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

  • Erich Kaestner

Scientific or Technical Award (Academy Award of Merit)

  • Chadwell O'Connor [of the O'Connor Engineering Laboratories]
    Note: …for the concept and engineering of the fluid-damped camera head for motion picture photography.

Scientific or Technical Award (Scientific and Engineering Award)

  • Loren Carpenter, Rob Cook, Ed Catmull, Tom Porter, Pat Hanrahan, Tony Apodaca and Darwyn Peachey
    Note: for the development of “RenderMan” software which produces images used in motion pictures from 3D computer descriptions of shape and appearance.
  • Claus Wiedemann, Robert Orban and Dolby Laboratories
    Note: To Claus Wiedemann and Robert Orban for the design and Dolby Laboratories for the development of the Dolby Labs Container.
  • Ken Bates
    Note: …for the design and development of the Bates Decelerator System for accurately and safely arresting the descent of stunt persons in high freefalls.
  • Al Mayer, Iain Neil, George Kraemer, Hans Spirawski, Bill Eslick and Don Earl
    Note: To Al Mayer for the camera design; Iain Neil and George Kraemer for the optical design; Hans Spirawski and Bill Eslick for the opto-mechanical design; and Don Earl for technical support in developing the Panavision System 65 Studio Sync Sound Reflex Camera for 65mm motion picture photography.
  • Douglas Trumbull, Geoffrey H. Williamson, Robert D. Auguste and Edmund M. Di Giulio
    Note: To Douglas Trumbull for the concept; Geoffrey H. Williamson for the movement design; Robert D. Auguste for the electronic design and Edmund M. Di Giulio for the camera system design of the CP-65 Showscan Camera System for 65mm motion picture photography.
  • Arnold & Richter KG, Otto Blaschek and Engineering Department of ARRI Austria
    Note: …for the design and development of the Arriflex 765 Camera System for 65mm motion picture photography.

Scientific or Technical Award (Technical Achievement Award)

  • Ira Tiffen [of the Tiffen Manufacturing Corporation]
    Note: …for the production of the Ultra Contrast Filter Series for motion picture photography.
  • Robert R. Burton [of Audio Rents, Incorporated]
    Note: …for the development of the Model S-27 4-Band Splitter/Combiner.
  • Iain Neil and Kaz Fudano
    Note: To Iain Neil for the optical design and Kaz Fudano for the mechanical design of the Panavision Slant Focus Lens for motion picture photography.
  • Tom Brigham, Doug Smythe and Computer Graphics Department of Industrial Light & Magic
    Note: To Tom Brigham for the original concept and pioneering work; and Douglas Smythe and the Computer Graphics Department of Industrial Light & Magic for the development and the first implementation in feature motion pictures of the “MORF” system for digital metamorphosis of high resolution images.
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