69th Annual Academy Awards Coverage (1997)
- Date of Ceremony: Monday, March 24, 1997
- For films released in: 1996
- Location: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
- Host(s): Billy Crystal (video)
When the nominees for 69th Annual Academy Awards were announced, independent films dominated the Best Picture category, including The English Patient, which led with 12 nominations.
Billy Crystal hosted, the Oscars returned to the Shrine, and the year will always be remembered for Cuba Gooding Jr.‘s joyous, bouncing, acceptance speech.
Heading into the ceremony, the following film(s) had five or more nominations:
- The English Patient: 12
- Fargo: 7
- Shine: 7
- Secrets & Lies: 5
- Evita: 5
- Jerry Maguire: 5