Steve James's Hoop Dreams (1994) was widely considered to be a foregone conclusion to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. But despite the astonishing critical and box office success, the movie didn't receive a nomination for Best Documentary Feature; it received only one for Best Editing. The outcry over the snub led to an investigation by the Academy into the screening practices by the documentary branch and it was discovered that the voters were taking a show of hands to see who wanted to turn the film off after a few minutes. It was also discovered that those at the screening turned Hoop Dreams (1994) off after 15 minutes. The following year, the Academy instituted a rule that those attending screenings had to sit through the entire film or have their right to vote revoked. 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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