During the presentation of the short film awards, a protester barged into the auditorium shouting but was forced out by security. The home audience never saw or heard any of the incident and the only indication is that presenter Martin Short very briefly looked over in that direction.
Due to the events surrounding the Persian Gulf War, which had just called a cease fire, security was tight at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and everyone was searched and had to go through a metal detector. The only exception was Bob Hope because Bob Verdan, an Academy spokesman, said "He's like the American flag. Are you going to make him go through a metal detector?"