67th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1995)

  • Date of Ceremony: Monday, March 27, 1995
  • For films released in: 1994
  • Host(s): David Letterman (video)
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When audiences watched the 67th Annual Academy Awards on Monday, March 27th, 1995, they were quickly divided into two camps: Did you love the host or hate him?

When talk show host David Letterman took to the stage at the Shrine, he was a hero to fans of his Late Night show and a zero to those who didn’t think his brand of comedy fit the proceedings. He wasn’t the type to suck up to the stars and the crowd didn’t seem to respond to segments like his famous “Uma…Oprah” introduction.

Out of thirteen nominations, Forrest Gump walked away with six, including Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Zemeckis) and a Best Actor for Tom Hanks.

It was Hanks’ second Best Actor win in as many years and he became only the fifth performer after Louise Rainer, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards to win back-to-back Oscars.

I — man, I feel as though I’m standing on magic legs in a special effects process shot that is too unbelievable to imagine and far too costly to make a reality. But here is my mark, and there is where I’m supposed to look. And believe me, the power and the pleasure and the emotion of this moment is a constant the speed of light. It will never be diminished, nor will my appreciation and the meaning between two simple words that I can only offer you here: Thank you.” – Tom Hanks

The Best Actress Oscar went to Jessica Lange for her role in Blue Sky. The film had actually been shot three years earlier but sat on a shelf for a while after director Tony Richardson died followed by the bankruptcy of the distributor. Lange was pleased the film finally got attention. “This is such a wonderful honor, especially for a little film that seemed to have no future,” she said.

Dianne Wiest won another Best Supporting Actress Oscar appearing in a Woody Allen, this time for Bullets Over Broadway.

I’m in debt to my loyal friend and remarkable artist, Woody Allen. He gave me such a gift with this role. And with this gift came acting with John Cusack, being lit by the great cinematographer Carlo Di Palma, costumed by Jeffrey Kurland, working with Santo Loquasto, a great cast, a great crew.” – Dianne Wiest

The only newcomer to the acting winners’ circle had the group’s longest career. Martin Landau won Best Supporting Actor for Ed Wood.

My God. What a night. What a life. What a moment. What everything. I talked to Tim Burton today in New York, and I want to finish the conversation. Thanks, Tim, for giving me the part of my life — Gil Cates, don’t put music on, because if it’s a ‘Mission Impossible’ theme I’ll get very angry.” – Martin Landau

In the special awards, Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni was presented an Honorary Award by Jack Nicholson who had worked with him on The Passenger in the Seventies.

Clint Eastwood went home with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Clint pondered how he fit into the list of great producer that he idolized:

These people had a great influence and they were experts in a business that has very few experts, really. In fact, if anybody asked me about making films I would say that it’s probably a little expertise and a lot of luck. Now, how I fit into that equation? Well, if ‘Dirty Harry,’ if I was in his sights and he said, ‘Do you feel lucky?’ I’d say, ‘You’re damn right I do.’ Thank you. Thank my family. Thank everyone.” – Clint Eastwood

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was presented to Quincy Jones by Oprah Winfrey.

And you Americans out there, please join the rising support for the National Endowment for the Arts. Each act of creation can be another powerful pillar beneath this life of this wonderful and troubled nation of ours. Who knows, the next artist we support may one day stand before you as I do now — humble, proud, cool, and so thankful. Thank you all.” – Quincy Jones


Best Picture

  • Forrest Gump
    Wendy Finerman [Producer], Steve Tisch [Producer] and Steve Starkey [Producer]

Best Directing

  • Forrest Gump
    Robert Zemeckis

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Blue Sky
    Jessica Lange

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Ed Wood
    Martin Landau

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bullets over Broadway
    Dianne Wiest

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Burnt by the Sun

Best Art Direction

  • The Madness of King George
    Ken Adam [Art Direction] and Carolyn Scott [Set Decoration]

Best Cinematography

  • Legends of the Fall
    John Toll

Best Costume Design

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
    Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel

Best Documentary (Feature)

  • Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
    Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

  • A Time for Justice
    Charles Guggenheim

Best Film Editing

  • Forrest Gump
    Arthur Schmidt

Best Makeup

  • Ed Wood
    Rick Baker, Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng

Best Music (Original Score)

  • The Lion King
    Hans Zimmer

Best Music (Original Song)

  • The Lion King "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
    Elton John [Music by] and Tim Rice [Lyric by]

Best Short Film (Animated)

  • Bob's Birthday
    Alison Snowden and David Fine

Best Short Film (Live Action)

  • Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life
    Peter Capaldi and Ruth Kenley-Letts
  • Trevor
    Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone

Best Sound

  • Speed
    Gregg Landaker, Steve Maslow, Bob Beemer and David R. B. MacMillan

Best Sound Effects Editing

  • Speed
    Stephen Hunter Flick

Best Visual Effects

  • Forrest Gump
    Ken Ralston, George Murphy, Stephen Rosenbaum and Allen Hall

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

  • Forrest Gump
    Eric Roth

Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

  • Pulp Fiction
    Quentin Tarantino [Screenplay and Stories by] and Roger Avary [Stories by]

Honorary Award

  • Michelangelo Antonioni
    Note: …in recognition of his place as one of the cinema's master visual stylists.

Medal of Commendation

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

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

  • Clint Eastwood

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • Quincy Jones

Scientific or Technical Award (Academy Award of Merit)

  • Petro Vlahos and Paul Vlahos
    Note: …for the conception and development of the Ultimatte Electronic Blue Screen Compositing Process for motion pictures.
  • Eastman Kodak Company
    Note: …for the development of the Eastman EXR Color Intermediate Film 5244.

Scientific or Technical Award (Scientific and Engineering Award)

  • Gary Demos [of Information International], Dan Cameron [of Information International], David DiFrancesco [of Pixar], Gary Starkweather [of Pixar] and Scott Squires [of Industrial Light and Magic Incorporated]
    Note: …for their pioneering work in the field of film input scanning.
  • Ray Feeney [of RFX Inc.], Will McCown [of RFX Inc.], Bill Bishop [of RFX Inc.] and Les Dittert [of Pacific Data Images]
    Note: …for their development work with area array CCD (Charge Coupled Device) film input scanning systems.
  • Lincoln Hu [of Industrial Light and Magic Incorporated], Michael MacKenzie [of Industrial Light and Magic Incorporated], Glenn Kennel [of Eastman Kodak Company] and Mike Davis [of Eastman Kodak Company]
    Note: …for their joint development work on a linear array CCD (Charge Coupled Device) film input scanning system.
  • Iain Neil, Albert Saiki and Panavision International L.P.
    Note: To Iain Neil for the optical design, Al Saiki for the mechanical design, and Panavision International L.P. for the development of the Panavision 11:1 Primo Zoom Lens for motion picture photography.
  • James Ketcham [of JSK Engineering]
    Note: …for the concept and design of the MC211 micro processor based motion controller for synchronizing sprocketed film with time-code based machines.
  • William J. Warner, Eric C. Peters, Michael E. Phillips, Tom A. Ohanian, Patrick D. O'Connor and Joe E. Rice
    Note: To William J. Warner and Eric C. Peters for the concept, Michael E. Phillips and Tom A. Ohanian for the system design, and Patrick D. O'Connor and Joe H. Rice for the engineering of the Avid Film Composer for motion picture editing.
  • Paul Bamborough, Nick Pollack, Arthur Wright, Neil Harris and Duncan MacLean
    Note: To Paul Bamborough for the concept, Nick Pollack and Arthur Wright for the hardware development, and Neil Harris and Duncan MacLean for the software development of The Lightworks Editor for motion picture editing.
  • George Sauve, Bill Bishop, Arpag Dadourian, Ray Feeney and Richard Patterson
    Note: …for the Cinefusion software implementation of the Ultimatte Blue Screen Compositing Technology.

Scientific or Technical Award (Technical Achievement Award)

  • Russell Hessey [of Special Effects Spectacular, Inc.], Vincent T. Kelton [of Special Effects Spectacular, Inc.] and George Jackman [of De La Mare Engineering, Inc.]
    Note: To B. Russell Hessey and Vincent T. Kelton for the hardware design and George Jackman for the pyrotechnic development which together comprise the non-gun safety blank firing system.
  • Frieder Hochheim, Gary Swink, Dr. Joe Zhou and Don Northrop
    Note: …for the development of the Kino Flo Portable, Flicker Free, High Output Fluorescent Lighting System for motion picture set illumination.
  • Emmanuel Prévinaire [of Flying-Cam]
    Note: …for his pioneering concept and for the development of mounting a motion picture camera on a remotely-controlled miniature helicopter.
  • Jacques Sax [of Sonosax]
    Note: …for the design and development of the Sonosax SX-S portable audio mixer.
  • Clay Davis [of Todd-AO Corporation] and John Carter [of Todd-AO Corporation]
    Note: …for the pioneering effort of computer controlled list management style ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement).
  • Stephen W. Potter [of LarTec Systems], John B. Asman [of LarTec Systems], Charles Pell [of LarTec Systems] and Richard Larson [of LarTec Systems]
    Note: …for the advancement and refinement of the computer controlled list management style ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) system via the LarTec ADR System that has established itself as a standard of the industry.
  • Audio Tracks Inc.
    Note: …for the design and development of the ADE (Advanced Data Encoding) System which creates an encoded timecode track and database during the initial transfer of the production sound “dailies.”
  • Colin Broad [of CB Electronics]
    Note: …for the design and development of the EDL (Edit Decision List) Lister which creates an encoded timecode track and database during the initial transfer of the production sound “dailies.”
  • Dieter Sturm [of Sturm's Special Effects Int'l]
    Note: …for the creation and development of the Bio-Snow 2 Flake.
  • David A. Addleman and Lloyd A. Addleman
    Note: …for the development of the Cyberware 3030 3D Digitizer.
  • Mark R. Schneider, Herbert R. Jones, Christopher D. Conover and John R.B. Brown
    Note: …for the development of the Polhemus 3 Space Digitizing System.
  • Jack C. Smith, Michael Crichton and Emil Safier
    Note: …for pioneering computerized motion picture budgeting and scheduling.
  • Stephen Greenfield [of Screenplay Systems] and Chris Huntley [of Screenplay Systems]
    Note: …for development of the “Scriptor” software.
  • Art Fritzen [of the California Fritzen Propeller Company]
    Note: …as the designer and sole manufacturer of the Eight-Bladed Ritter Fan Propellers.
  • Dr. Mike Boudry [of the Computer Film Company]
    Note: …for his pioneering work in the field of film input scanning.
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