Host David Letterman pre-recorded a sequence in which he talked to New York cab drivers about the movies, and another which featured gag auditions by various celebrities for his recent cameo in the film Cabin Boy (1994). See more »
I have to admit that David Letterman tried too hard to host the Academy Awards just like his own late night show. Too bad the audience were made up of Hollywood celebrities and not the locals or tourists from New York! His monologue and ad-lib jokes just did not work. Not because it wasn't funny, but because it's not the type of humor that is televised well in front of celebrities and your prime-time audiences.
But what David Letterman did do that made this Academy Award memorable, were his two skits. The cab drivers that were auditioning lines. "Are you talking to me?" & "Hakuna Matata". I almost fell off of my chair when they drove through the red light! The other skit was "Do you want to buy a monkey?" Classic! I had tears in my eyes when you heard Barry White & Michael Buffer recite those lines!
How about Tom Hanks? Only the 2nd actor to ever win back-to-back Oscars! They were Philadelphia (1993) & Forrest Gump (1994). The 1st actor to accomplish that feat was the great actor Spencer Tracy for Captains Courageous (1937) & Boys Town (1938).
Another credit to the 67th Academy Awards were the two movies nominated for Best Picture. Almost everybody saw either Forrest Gump or Pulp Fiction. Pulp Fiction was the more original movie that has changed dark/comedy/action movies to today's standards, but Forrest Gump had everything a movie needed to be considered as the Best Picture of 1994.
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