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>> coming up on 3 1/2 minutes to air, 3:30. >> ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, anthony hopkins for "silence of the lambs." >> first time i've ever been backstage with all of you delightful press and network people. my goodness. i'd like to win it sometime. >> little less than two minutes, everybody, to air. diane? >> yes. >> you really acted surprised. >> well, it wasn't hard! it wasn't hard! [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> thank you very much, debbie.
>> well, thank you. good seeing you again. >> could you hear the round of applause that you got from that audience? >> sure. and i felt it from my heart. it can't beat fast enough for goodness sakes. talk to me tomorrow. >> we are making the transition switch from preshow to main show. ♪ >> i was always taught growing up that i should never expect anything. i've never expected the nomination. i've never expected to win an academy award. >> i sort of didn't think english people could win oscars. i thought it was just for americans. >> you have to understand, i'm the daughter of a man who didn't believe in competition. >> 30 seconds to air. >> this is my lovely daughter
angelina. >> actors? >> i don't know yet. you have to ask them. what do you think, ang? >> not really. >> my first academy award. i haven't won anything. do you know something i don't? >> brilliant. mr. clooney. i win an oscar it's mr. clooney. the vision i had of what hollywood was like before i came to hollywood. >> it's very intimidating. it's always like, oh, my god, i'm a part of this! it's a room full of excitement. it's a room full of sweat. everybody's really eager. >> 9, 8, 7, 6. >> it's a huge deal. no matter how cool everybody says they are, it's the oscars for crying out loud. >> 2, 1 -- >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our host, her majesty whoopi goldberg. >> good evening, loyal subjects. i am the african queen. [ cheers and applause ] >> the first images of the
oscars i had was a black and white television set in long beach, long island in the '50s. bob hope was the host. >> thank you very much. good evening, ladies and gentlemen. welcome to chance of a lifetime. >> i'd have to go to sleep somewhere around sound effects editing. some things never change. and i'd get up in the morning and in my cereal bowl before school would be a list. my mom would write a list of who won what. >> i was a kid, and here was the people that had already been huge big massive stars for 20 or 30 years. i mean, even bob hope had been bob hope since 1932. >> i actually thought he was always going to be the host. it never occurred to me there would be anybody else. >> i just thought that was the height of sophisticated humor was bob hope at the oscars. >> it's a gay, handsome crowd here tonight. with an undercurrent of nervousness.
the whole thing is like a big maternity ward. [ laughter ] >> everybody's expecting. [ laughter ] >> oscar traditions didn't invent themselves. >> i see a lot of new faces, especially on the old faces. >> they were created and changed year after year in a process of trial and error. >> wow. >> at the very first oscar ceremony, no one knew what to expect. it was may, 1929. and hollywood's finest arrived for a banquet at the roosevelt hotel. "wings" a world war i epic, won best picture. there were only 12 awards that evening, including one for best title writing, a skill about to disappear. change was in the air. the first sound film "the jazz singer" was a hit that year. but it was ineligible to qualify for best picture. instead, it won a technical achievement award. everyone knew it marked a
turning point from the second award ceremony on all competing films would have sound. ♪ she's an angel of joy >> for the outstanding performance by an actress -- >> i talked to janet gaynor who won the best actress award the very first year. she said it was very exciting to get an award but it had no tradition. they announced the winners in advance. so they went to the banquet knowing who won. the next day they kind of forgot about it, they moved on. ♪ >> good morning. i'm bob ramey, president of the academy. we're here to unveil our nominees for the 70th academy award. >> when nominations are going to
be announced, it's early in the morning. the whole city is awake, tuned into their tv or their radio to hear who's nominated. >> i thought, how am going to sleep until 5:35 tomorrow morning when the announcements are made? i went out with some friend, went to a sushi bar and we drank a lot of saki. i thought this will help me sleep. when i went home, i was in bed by midnight. i woke up 12:52, 1:37 -- 4:30 i got up. this is ridiculous. i'm not sleeping. >> turned on the tv, i was listening and they said my name three times. george clooney. >> george clooney. >> george clooney. >> i just sat there in front of the tv going i can't believe it. >> i saw my face on tv. >> jason wrightman for "juno". >> i realized i had been nominated for an academy award. >> i grew up on the south side of the chicago area. where i grew up? i didn't expect to hear my name.
did they just say my name. >> i was on an indian reservation, an shoshone reservation i think in utah when i got word that i'd been nominated. >> benecio del toro in "traffic". >> you get nominated and go on that carousel? it's like a drug. it's like a painkiller. >> when it happened, the world explodes. you're excited. i mean, i certainly was. i never thought anything like that could ever happen. but then the crush that comes to you from everybody you know all around the world. >> it's your bar mitzvah times a million. >> from the beginning, the academy awards were about more than just winning an oscar. two of the founding members, actors douglas fairbanks and mary pickford, were looking toward the future. they wanted the academy of motion picture arts and sciences
to promote the finest possible movies. >> they were people who thought they were working on a serious art form, and their main motive was to get the word out that it has earned the right to be regarded along with the other arts that have been studied for centuries. >> nikelodeon viewing arcades grew into movie palaces. actors became movie stars. a new kind of celebrity. and the public couldn't get enough of them. every day people arrived in hollywood with big dreams of being in the movies. >> all the hard work of just saying i'm going to stay in los angeles. i'm going to do ten auditions today.
i'm going to get rejected on 9.7 of them. i'm going to drive home. i'm going to get up tomorrow and i'm going to go to acting class and i'm just going to like do this little job here so i can get a little bit of money. and then one day, boom, you get a little job and another little job. suddenly another bigger job. and suddenly you're like, we like what you do. [ applause ] >> nominations for best original dramatic score are -- >> actually getting a job was -- it was years. and it was a no one wanted me. no one wanted to take a chance. i didn't even get the opportunity to do auditions. >> and marvin hamslishmish for "the way we were". >> who? >> marvin hamlish. sorry about that, marvin. >> people said i wasn't a serious actress, i was a crazy dresser, i dated younger men. and i just wasn't serious.
[ cheers ] >> mike the director said, how would you like to be in a movie with meryl streep? i went, sure. >> you made enough noise there, dolly? >> you two ain't exactly a silent movie yourself. >> then he went, i just want to tell you you play a lesbian but she's an adorable lesbian. >> this here is angela. she's a beautician. >> well, hi there. >> and then he kept going, cher, get in there. cher lay on the couch. cher be in the kitchen. finally i was just kind of all the way through it. >> you know, a lot of people can't handle me. >> i get a call saying, steven spielberg would like you to come to los angeles. and i thought, oh, okay. i'd like to meet him. i could be in "raiders of the
lost ark" sure. they need some black people. that's how i would think. he said i want to do "the color purple" and i want you to play seeley. i said i don't think so. i think i would be better in another part because i've never made a movie. >> he said let me think about it but i'm pretty sure that's the part i want you to do. i'm just like okay. but if it's really bad, don't be mad at me. >> it was always daniel day-lewis. but daniel didn't make it easy. >> i had actually been committed to play margaret thatcher. and meryl was steven's first choice for lincoln [ laughter ] >> none of us heard what daniel's voice sounded like until the first day of shooting. so the minute he opened his mouth in that first scene, i mean, it was just -- took your breath away.
>> i am the president of the united states of america, clothed in immense power! >> i think with certain movies -- and it's happened i think over the course of time -- that certain movies do come in to being when the right person is there to play a significant part. >> why do they pick me for my photographs? why? because they want to see me, norma desmond. >> wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, i'll be there. >> it's sunday afternoons i think of most. >> i feel it all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof. >> it's chinatown. >> how are things going so far? >> fasten your seat belts. it's going to be a bumpy night.
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here comes the car. >> i'm going to use number one. keep your eye on that thumb, baby, and see what happens. >> clark gable didn't want to make "it happened one night." but in the 1930s, actors took the roles their studios gave them. his co-star, claudette colbert, wasn't thrilled to be in the movie, either. the only person who wanted to make the movie was director frank kappa. that was the backdrop for the seventh academy awards. >> the film-making community suspected that some dirty dealing was going on because bette davis didn't show up on the nominees' list for best actress. and one of the people who was most cynical was claudette
colbert. she did not think she was going to win, so while the ceremony was going on she was boarding a train to go back to new york. she did win, and they had to send somebody to get her off the train. she showed up all fluttery and accepted her oscar and went back to the train which had been held for her. >> "it happened one night" ended up winning oscars in all the top categories. best picture, best screenplay, best director, best actress. and clark gable for best actor. >> i do want to take this opportunity of expressing my thanks and sincere gratitude to mr. frank kappa, director of "it happened one night" and miss claudette colbert who was gracious enough to co-star with me in that same picture. thank you. >> for years, the academy gave newspapers the names of oscar winners early. 1940 was a banner year for oscar. all ten nominated films would
become classics. the "l.a. times" jumped the gun and published the list of winners prematurely. the academy was furious, and from then on price waterhouse has delivered oscar results in /sealed envelopes to be opened only onstage. >> these votes are all tabulated by price waterhouse. they're counted in a sealed room. then a secretary types them out. then she is taken out and shot and here we are [ laughter ] >> i'd like to introduce you to mr. bill miller of price waterhouse and company, the guardian of oscar secrets. >> mr. bill miller of price waterhouse. >> mr. miller is a representative of price waterhouse. >> i'm bill miller of price waterhouse.
>> no, i didn't know that by >> may i have the envelope. >> and the envelope, please? >> the envelope, please? >> may i have the envelope, please? >> where is it, the envelope? oh, i have the envelope. all right. >> next the presentations to outstanding motion picture writers. of course, i'm not too familiar with them because i outlive most of my stuff. and i never -- what's wrong with the teleprompter? >> the following pictures were nominated for the best screenplay. >> nominated for the best motion picture story are the following. >> the nominees for the best screenplay based on material from another medium. >> if you were lucky enough to get in some of the positions that i'm in, you're going to be held responsible for the film,
not for the role. so you're not looking for oh, this is a great part for me. you're looking for a screenplay that you feel like works on every level. and a director that knows what he's doing. and those are the elements first and foremost it's the screenplay. it has to be screenplay. you cannot make a good film out of a bad screenplay. it's never been done. >> "juno" stopped me in my tracks. i'd never read anything like it. it was so innovative in its language but also in its structural devices. in the decisions the characters made, in its point of view on every character. >> i'm pregnant. >> oh, god. >> i remember i asked diablo cody, how did you figure out how to write a screenplay? she said, i bought the published script of "ghost world" and realized the character and the dialogue go in the middle and the action goes on the left. >> who's the father, juno? >> um it's pauly bleaker? >> pauly bleaker? >> what?
>> i didn't think he had it in him. >> i know, right? [ laughter ] >> and she said, i wrote it in the mcdonald's section of a target on my 15-minute breaks from my job at an advertising agency. >> the key thing in adapting it was treating it as if it were a mystery. in the book, really on page 2 or 3, shoeless joe shows up. and the farmer says to him, my father used to play ball. could he come and play with you guys? and shoeless joe says yes, finish building the field and he can come with us. so two-thirds of the way through the book, the father shows up, a surprise to neither the farmer nor to the reader. what i did was move that to the end and made it a surprise. >> oh, my god.
it's my father. >> i loved the screenplay. i loved the story. and i thought that was as good a role as i was going to get. maybe ever. it had such deep down anger. daddy's little girl. all the things that were working against him unfairly. and yelling at a woman in a coma i think is not something you're going to get to do very often in a film. >> tell me again that i'm too out of touch with my feelings, and i need to go to therapy. isn't the idea of marriage to make your partner's way in life a little easier? for me it was always harder with you. and you're still making it harder. >> your father and i were just discussing his day at work. why don't you tell our daughter about it, honey? >> janie, today i quit my job. and then i told my boss to go [ mute ] -- >> i thought the screenplay was great. it was very clear to me that there was something to play, and
that it was something that had a lot of truth in it but it also was on a very odd knife edge of being very serious and very funny. >> excuse me. if you don't complain, what is this? let's bring in the laugh meter and see how loud it gets on that one. >> it was just like an instinctive thing. you read it and you think, oh, no, that's something to do. >> don't interrupt me, honey. >> the oscar goes to allen ball for "american beauty." [ cheers and applause ] >> the oscar goes to "king's speech". >> i believe i am the oldest person to win this particular award. my father always said to me i would be a late bloomer [ laughter ] >> just really two young guys who were fortunate enough to be involved with a lot of great
people who it's incumbent upon us to -- there's no way we're doing this in less than 20 seconds. upon who it was incumbent on us to thank. robin williams. my brother casey who's brilliant in the movie. cole haaser. my mother and one of the most beautiful women here. >> my dad right over there. >> chris moore who produced the movie. patrick rice the best agent in hollywood. and for showing us how to give our acceptance speech. all our friends and family. and everybody back in boston watching us tonight. >> thank you so much the city of boston. and i know we're forgetting somebody. >> whoever we forgot we love you. >> thank you so much! [ cheers and applause ] >> diablo cody. [ cheers and applause ] >> what is happening? i want to thank jason wrightman who i consider a member of my
family. i'm in awe of his talent as a filmmaker. most of all i want to thank my family for loving me exactly the way i am. [ applause ] >> and then i'm proud to receive this objet d'art on behalf of mr. pearlman, who writes, he cannot be here for a variety of reasons, all of them spicy. [ laughter ] >> he's dumbfounded, absolutely flummoxed. he never expected any recognition for writing "around the world in 80 days." [ laughter ] >> and in fact, only did so on the express understanding that the film would never be shown. [ laughter ]
during the academy's early years, its most powerful members were the studio heads. >> the academy was not founded to give awards. it was really founded to step in and keep unions from coming into hollywood. >> the studio executives hated unions. but as the great depression wore on, actors, writers and directors began organizing just as the technical workers had.
and the academy got caught in the middle. >> gradually you began to get a hostility toward the academy on the part of the actors and the directors and the screenwriters. the academy almost died because the membership shrunk drastically. and then in 1935, frank kapra became the president of the academy and the president of the directors' guild at the same time. the crucial thing he did was oversee the a revision of the academy bylaws, which said from that point on the academy would take no role in labor issues or political issues or religious issues. >> instead, its focus turned to awarding and preserving great movies and recognizing the people who made them. >> and the winner, "hamlet." >> the winner "all the king's men".
>> and the winner is burt lancaster. >> humphrey bogart! ♪ >> steven spielberg was the perfect person for me to start with. because i loved movies. and he loves movies. so he would say, well, you know that feeling that you had just before scout sees boo radley? just as the door opens? >> yeah. yeah. >> that's what i want. ♪ >> so that i could do. i understood it. >> any time i see actors that are nominated, i just think about the work. the glamour and all that is fun.
but -- >> i always say the real work of an actor is an inside job. because what you do is all inside. >> some people think about acting as though you are wearing a mask. but actually, most of the time you're taking away a mask. there's something that the camera sees that no matter what you do the camera finds. >> actors that i loved growing up, i loved spencer tracy. you always knew where he stood in everything. >> because in the final analysis, it doesn't matter a damn what we think. >> you look at his mark down on the ground where you have to stand so that you're in focus. but if the lens catches you, then everyone who's watching you realizes that you're lying to them, you're cheating. well, he would look right at his
mark and he wouldn't cheat. he wouldn't go like that. he would look at his mark and go -- literally do this and he'd walk over and stand there. then he'd sit up like that and look you in the eye and keep talking. you never for a moment thought he was looking at his mark. >> the movie's called for kind of acting that had never existed before. if you don't hit your mark you're out of focus. there may or may not be rehearsals. stories aren't filmed in sequence. you're acting for an audience of one, the camera. >> i had never acted before. even entertained the idea of acting. never thought about it. all of these people and all these cameras and lights. ♪ no, no >> the director took every inch of me out of me. ♪ telling you i'm not going >> i was like, oh, my god, what do y'all want from me? what else can i give you? i've given you everything.
they're like all right cut. now action. action again? are you kidding me? ♪ you're going to love me >> one day i saw this man going to work. when i wrapped he was going back to work. i'm like this is the same man going back to work. oh, my god, that's how long i was on the set. >> nominees for best performance by an actress in a supporting role are rita moreno, judy garland. >> what else do you admit to? what else? >> nothing. there's nothing like you're trying make it sound. >> what else? >> there's nothing. nothing. stop it! >> my mom, she only gave me one acting lesson. i showed her the script. i said, can you help me with this? i don't think i'm very good. so we sat on the floor. and i showed her the script. and then she said, "i'll be the other girl.
now you do what you do. and i did it. and she said, all right. let's do that again. and she gave me all of these other thoughts and lines to say. then we go back and she said, now think that and say the line. >> i'll see. >> she said yeah, you're going to be good. >> liza minnelli. [ cheers and applause ] >> i was nuts about doing "the queen." i watched quite a lot of film. obviously you read history. but i started looking at the portraits of elizabeth. that's always very interesting. because there's as much of the artist in the portrait as there is of the person themselves. that sort of suddenly liberated me. because i thought, i don't have to be the queen, i have to be my
perception of the queen. which was sort of what i did. >> oh, you're a beauty. >> when i find that key in a character, it's very empowering. >> what are you doing? >> i have a ticket. >> in "gandhi" the moment he's racially abused and thrown off a train. i realized that he converted a moment of supreme indignation possibly anger, possibly even rage into a process of pure intelligence that freed a whole nation. >> we must defy the british. >> interesting that that was the key. not being denying gandhi but "don't ever do that again." >> oh, my angel. oh, my angel.
>> i played the prostitute. i spent time with a series of prostitutes and madames, you know, right down to -- i didn't go with them when they turned tricks but i was with them when they were cutting their cocaine. and i was with them in the after hours clubs. and when i was done i went to the director and said, i can't do it, allen. you should get faye dunaway. and he burst out laughing. he just said that's absolutely ridiculous and sent me out of the room. so i had to really think, how do i get myself into this? i went to a police station. and i looked -- phew -- and i looked at hundreds of photographs of women who had been beaten and killed. >> i don't consider myself a terrible man.
no more than others. >> a few weeks later we were shooting the last scene, and i decided i wasn't going to plan or prepare or anything. i just was going to sit there. >> obviously i would not be telling you these things if my intentions weren't honorable. >> it slowly dawned on her that he was the one that killed her friend. something totally unexpected happened. >> be comfortable. nothing's going to happen. >> she cried for all the women that had been victims of that kind of violence. and i realized that it was the first time that feminism manifested in me. is computing to empower cancer researchers.
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>> we can cry at the drop of a hat. [ laughter ] or laugh. these are some of the things black people can do [ laughter ] >> miss scarlet, come on in the house. >> i didn't see "gone with the wind" growing up. it's a sensitive issue in the black community, no question. my mother was just adamant. so i didn't see the movie until i was in my 20s. >> but i didn't fetch you here on miss scarlet's account. what that child's got to stand the good lord gave her strength to stand. it's mr. rhett i'm worried about. >> hattie mcdaniels character, she was the smartest person in the entire movie. i thought she was spectacular. and the idea that the academy recognized that talent. that was amazing. >> listen. hattie mcdaniel, man, she was
the first. think about that. that's wild. she almost didn't get even invited. they put her way in the corner. way in the corner in the back. and then she won. >> academy of motion picture arts and sciences, fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests, this is one of the happiest moments of my life. and i want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting me for one of the awards. [ applause ] >> i sincerely hope i shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. my heart is too full to tell you just how i feel. and may i say thank you. [ applause ] >> she was the first. and sidney was the second. >> the winner is sidney poitier. [ applause ] >> a lot of white people in
between. you know what i mean? it's a long time. >> it is a long journey to this moment. >> the fact you are a negro, did that make this particularly significant tonight? >> you're going to have to let me mull that one for awhile. it's a very interesting question. and i would prefer not to answer it in my present anxiety. i'd rather be much more collected to deal with such a delicate question. >> and then came lou gossett. then denzel. and then me. >> whoopi goldberg. [ cheers and applause ] >> i come from new york. as a little kid i lived in the projects. and you're the people i watched. you're the people who made me want to be an actor. i'm so proud to be here. i'm proud to be an actor. and i'm going to keep on acting.
and thank you so much. >> it was a short list. >> and the oscar goes to halle berry. >> the handing out of oscars at the oscar show through the years has shown social change. i know for some maybe not fast enough. but it has definitely moved in that direction. ♪ i am -- >> tom hanks in "philadelphia." >> there was this thing that was tearing us apart which was the aids crisis.
the pandemic that was aids. [ applause ] >> it was not just ripped right out of today's headlines, but it was getting into this more specific question of how do you respond to aids? >> i would not be standing here if it weren't for two very important men in my life. two that i haven't spoken with in awhile but i had the pleasure of just the other evening. mr. raleigh farnsworth was my high school drama teacher who taught me act well the part, there all the glory lies. one of my classmates under him, john gilkerson. two of the finest gay americans, two wonderful men. and there lies my dilemma here tonight. i know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels. we know their names. they number 1,000 for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. meet the world's newest energy
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communism is based on a doctrine inconsistent with american liberty. >> freedom of speech was not always welcome in the movie business. in the 1950s, hollywood joined the rest of the nation in the hunt for communists. names of those suspected were added to something called the blacklist. >> the motion picture industry council reaffirms its consistent opposition to communism, its works, its members, its methods. >> it was a real list. it wasn't just some theoretical thing. there were lists of directors, well-known writers. the blacklist period was one of the dark chapters in american history.
i'm sad to say that the academy didn't really behave any better than anybody else did. >> i've never read karl marx and i don't know the faces of communism. beyond what i've picked up from hearsay. from what i've heard, i don't like it. >> in 1955, the academy passed a bylaw that prohibited any blacklisted writer from being nominated for an oscar. when the "bridge on the river kwai" won best screenplay in 1957, the original novelist collected the oscar but he didn't write the script. >> for the best writing of a motion picture -- >> the two writers who did, michael wilson and carl foreman, were on the blacklist. so for the academy, they didn't exist. >> some people committed suicide when they were on that list.
there were people that moved to europe and never came back. >> some blacklisted writers continued working under pseudonyms. >> the nominations for best picture motion picture story are robert rich. >> when they won oscars for best screenplay, there was no one to walk up the aisle. >> vice president of the screenwriters association will accept the award. >> after four years, the academy reversed itself. much later, it officially welcomed back those it had shunned. >> i was once upon a time a respectable member of this community. respectable didn't necessarily mean more than i took a daily bath when i was sober, didn't spit except when i meant to and mispronounced a few words of fancy french. then suddenly before senator
joseph market mccarthy reached for that rusty and poisoned ax, i and many others were no longer acceptable to the owners of this industry. certainly, they confronted the wild charges of joe mccarthy with a force and courage of a bowl of mashed potatoes. i have no regrets for that period. maybe you never do when you survive. but i have a mischievous pleasure being restored to respectability, because i never thought it would happen. i hope the rest of my life will not be too respectable. mayo? corn dogs? you are so outta here! aah! [ female announcer ] the complete balanced nutrition of great-tasting ensure. 24 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and 9 grams of protein. [ bottle ] ensure®. nutrition in charge™.
>> jimmy, you mean you don't know the meaning of the word documentary? >> that's one of the few. >> if any oscar category reflects changing times, it's documentaries. the academy established the category during world war ii. early oscars went to government sponsored films. designed to bring a war home. by the 1970s, documentaries were approaching war from a very different point of view. >> i remember watching the oscars when "hearts and minds" won and the producers came on the stage and for a speech they decided to read a telegram they received that day from the wrong side of vietnam. >> it says, please transmit to all our friends in america our recognition of all that they have done on behalf of peace. >> most of my being was involved
in trying to end the war in vietnam. it was raging and i felt how could i be in front of all these people and not say something? >> the winner is jane fonda. >> thank you. thank you very much, members of the academy. and thank all of you who applauded. there's a great deal to say, and i'm not going to say it tonight. i would just like to really thank you very much. >> what were you thinking? >> i was thinking while we're all sitting there giving out awards which are very important awards there are murders being committed in our name in indochina. everyone is aware of it as i am, and everyone wants it to end as much as i do. i didn't think i needed to say it. i think we've had it, i really do. i think everyone feels that way. i just didn't think it needed to be said.
>> marlon brando in "the godfather." >> i'm representing marlon brando this evening, and he's asked me to tell you that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award, and the reasons for this being are the treatment of american indians today by the film industry -- excuse me. >> i do not think that this academy awards evening was an inappropriate place. but of course, i speak only as an american indian. i cannot answer for the conscience of america. >> you're not going to get me to say anything against this. this is our only chance to contact the public as an industry. now, don't try to get me to say something against it. go get brando. >> and the oscar goes to --
"bowling for columbine." >> i remember climbing up the stairs to the stage. and it was like i had golom in my heard where this voice is going, precious, be nice, don't start any trouble. just thank your agent and your stylist and leave the stage. and the other voice is going, no, no, you have a responsibility. there's a war going on. you must say something. >> i've invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage, because we like nonfiction. we like nonfiction. and we live in fictitious times. we live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. we live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons.
whether it's the fictitioutitiof duct tape or the fictitious of orange alerts. we are against this war, mr. bush. shame on you, mr. bush. shame on you. and any time -- your time is up! thank you very much! >> and walk off the stage and one of the stagehands comes right up in my ear, i thought he was going to hit me, he screams, "f" hole? >> it was so sweet backstage. you should see it. the teamsters are helping michael moore into the trunk of his limo. >> before we begin tonight, ladies and gentlemen, i would like to say for the record that i am in favor of using more american indians and other minorities in motion pictures. i am against polluting the oceans of the world. i am for every nationality
having its own homeland, i'm against whacking baby seals on the head and i'm for saving the whales. >> the host job is to be really funny in the beginning and hope something happens that you can capitalize on. >> you have to be on your feet. you have to know what you're doing. you have to be able to move stuff. you have to be very fluid. you have to be able to deal with live television. and it's not easy. >> this giant of the film business is with us tonight. he's 100 years old. please, give a warm welcome to mr. hal roach. >> i introduced him. he was supposed to get up and wave. instead, he started talking. and there was no mike. and from the stage it was -- [ inaudible ] and i remember the lines going through my mind, and then one hit and just stuck.
boom. >> i think that's fitting, because mr. roach started in silent films. >> you have to be that good to do this job. you have to be that good. >> from hollywood, rca proudly presents -- >> isn't it exciting to know that a lot of these glamorous stars are going to be in your homes tonight? all over america, housewives are turning to their husbands and saying, put on your shirt, joan crawford is coming. >> from the academy's beginning, the studios had been footing the bill for hollywood's star studded awards ceremony. but in the 1950s, a new funding source appeared, television. >> television, that's where movies go when they die. >> in 1953, nbc offered $100,000 for broadcast rights, and the academy never looked back. >> i want to say that tonight you regular television watchers
will see movie stars you've never seen before. >> it's the one place you can see people like clark gable and doris day and gregory peck and rita hayworth on television. >> will you read the nominees, mr. newman? >> with pleasure, mrs. newman. >> for the best achievement in costume design and color production. >> for the best achievement in art direction. >> those nominated for the best achievement in film editing are -- >> and now for the black and white cinematography -- >> some of the reasons you love the movies you love are because of those people that you don't know that have photographed it or those people that have done the art direction or the costume designs. or all those other technical things, sound. if you didn't have those things, you wouldn't have the movies that we love. >> i'm steve martin. i'm here to present the award for special visual effects.
>> for the best achievement in sound. >> sound. >> sound. >> as you know, this -- have -- are -- >> sound effects create the illusion of pain. >> the term sound design is something that came up in the era right during and after when "star wars" in 1977 came out for the voice of chewbacca. if we tease poor little pooh, that was the name of the bear, with toast and milk, the bear would cry out. take the ones that sounded cute and make -- set those aside and take the ones that sound angry and put them this way. you could cut them together and make little sentences together. >> of all the tools an actor has in creating the perfect look for a part, none is more important than the skillful use of makeup.
>> makeup artists are the magicians of the movie industry, transforming actors and actresses into gods and goddesses. with perfect appearance. >> a makeup artist commitment to excellence is all consuming. we would not be who we are without them. >> my next door neighbor was a makeup artist. every halloween, i always wanted to be a witch or a goblin or some horrible thing. and every year he would make he up and i would say, oh, i want to do what you do when i grow up. >> daniel, hi. >> could you make me a woman? >> i'm so happy. >> when they go about creating their character, it's very helpful for us to give them the
tools to do that. when they look in the mirror, we want them to feel that character. we were absolutely amazed at how well this makeup stood up in person. >> have we met? >> no. >> the category is art direction. >> is it art direction? because i missed a spot. thank you. i'm sorry i woke you. >> art direction, what is it, who does it, and why, and who are they? art direction, i don't know. >> the art director makes a movie look the way it does. >> picture if you will, a perfectionist professor of art and architecture with the imagination of picasso, the infinite precision of a brain surgeon and the capacity to create an entirely believable new world. >> if given an unlimited budget, rome can be built in a day, at least the front of it. nobody ever builds a back of a set. >> freeze, police. >> hold it. >> come on. >> the production designer and
art director take responsibility for the acting space. you need to provide the place that means something, colors that mean something. you need to provide an environment that will inspire them to do their best work. >> a little help from my friends. i'm going to present the award for costume design. >> for me to hand out an award for clothes, don't get me wrong, i'm going to do it, but i'm not exactly sure they came up with the right fellow. >> there was a time when every woman wanted to dress like garbo. clark gable took his shirt off in "it happened one night" and it took 18 years for brando to bring the t-shirt back.
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>> if you think of "saving private ryan," all the glossy, technically perfect imagery was thrown away for the sake of creating images that would make the audience feel like they're right there on the beach of normandy. >> there were pictures taken by the photojournalist robert kappa. he landed with the first wave at 6:30 the morning on omaha beach and he took hundreds of photographs. only 10 or 11 shots survived. those still photographs said more to me about what it was like to land on those beaches than anything i had ever seen.
so i said, i want the whole landing to look like these nine photographs. >> it wasn't like a series of shot lists. i don't think steven did story boards on them. that was a brand of documentary filmmaking which he's down in the thick of this thing, and they are scattering, you know, cameras all over the place. >> we had a great operator. he would chase the soldiers, he would follow the soldiers, he would fall down on the ground, get up, get some blood on the lens, get some dirt on the lens. >> movies are very rarely utter and complete total chaos captured by the cameraman. that landing, for me, was sheer and total chaos.
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some are old and some are young. there are directors who know everything about human behavior and nothing about the camera. there are directors who know camera angles, camera lenses, camera sprockets and depth of focus but who are totally ignorant of the human condition. >> we have all of these directors with us tonight. >> the director is the captain of the ship. >> the director is a dictator. >> i prefer it if they're competent. that's always nice. >> there's the actor/director like making love to sybil. good for me. not for me. okay. >> there is the writer/director. if he goes on strike, who stays? i don't know. if he fires him, does he have to file a grievance? i can't. oh, too late. okay. there's the writer/director/producer, one of the few creatures on earth that
can blow smoke up his own ass. >> as a 6-year-old, i thought my father was a magician. i just knew when i showed up at his workplace, incredible things happened. my father is director of "ghostbusters." he'll always be the director of "ghostbusters" and i'll always be the son of the guy who directed "ghostbusters." my father said you're making a movie about an important time. there's a recession and there's not going to be many movies that speak to it accurately. you have to find ways to speak that into your film in an honest way. >> this will be your last week of employment at this company. >> we put an ad out saying we're making a documentary about job loss. we'd like to try role play. we're going to fire you. >> what am i supposed to do now? >> how is your family, sleeping well tonight? >> they would get angry, cry, they would start saying real
things. >> going to chuck e. cheese this weekend? not me. >> it was heartbreaking. >> my kids, we're not going to do anything. >> the french call them [ speaking foreign language ]. italians call them [ speaking foreign language ]. it translates to the realizer. the one who realizes the dream. >> he tries to get as close to the vision he or she has. when they first read the material. >> the best ones i worked with, the cohen brothers, soderberg, they shoot with very specific points of view. >> goes down. >> "raging bull" has maybe 10 or 12 scenes with boxing matches in it. marty scorsese shot each one of those scenes differently based upon the meaning of the scene.
the scene in which la motta is supposed to throw the fight and in fact is trying to lose for a while, for the first time, marty puts the camera outside the ring. because he said, jake's heart wasn't in the ring. at the moment in the fight when la motta says screw this, i'm going to beat this guy, the camera flies through the ropes into the ring. >> he's been playing possum. the right hand to the body. >> he's got him hurt! >> every one of those scenes is shot differently based upon the meaning of the scene to the story. >> those nominated for best achievement in directing are -- >> the nominees for achievement in directing are -- >> the nominees for achievement in directing are -- >> the nominees for achievement in directing are -- >> here are the nominees for achievement in directing.
>> steven spielberg for "close encounters." >> steven spielberg for "raiders of the lost ark." >> steven spielberg for "e.t." >> steven spielberg. >> steven spielberg. >> steven spielberg. >> the winner is woody allen. >> warren beatty. >> i wanted to shoot black and white because i did not want to prettify any of the images of the holocaust. i would not have made the movie had the studio insisted, and they did for a while, that i shoot the movie in color. there were a few moments of color i wanted to introduce in the film. the shabbat candles in the opening scene, before the
holocaust, was full of color. and as the candle burns down, everything turns into black and white except the candle. and i wanted the candle to be just a little bit of red in the wick before it goes down, and then the smoke would rise, almost like the smoke from the crematorium. >> the oscar goes to steven spielberg for "schindler's list."
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farr, what would be the question? [ speaking foreign language ] >> what is the thing you love most in your life? [ speaking foreign language ]. >> privacy. >> what is the thing you wish to have most in your life? >> privacy. >> want to hold the oscar for a minute? >> not particularly. >> you want to say something in spanish? >> i don't speak spanish. >> how do you feel? >> how do i feel? fine. how are you? >> i don't know what i'm doing here. i didn't win anything. >> oh, yes. >> sorry, yes, yes.
>> what are your feelings about oscars and what they mean in this community? >> it's exhilarating. >> it's exhilarating. >> it really is. >> it's good to be recognized by your peers. have you heard that before? >> as the show progresses, the room fills up with losers. for everyone who wins, there are four who don't and they are bitter and they sit there and they're not interested in the jokes anymore. >> keep your eyes on the losers tonight as they applaud the winners. you'll see great understanding, great sportsmanship, great acting. >> the thing that's terrible is that one minute, you're a nominee, the next you're a loser. >> the winner is -- >> the winner is -- >> the winner is -- may i have the envelope? >> anything memorable from that night? >> losing. >> and the winner is "the hurt
locker." >> we ducked out and didn't go to the governor's ball and went to in-n-out instead. this little lady walked up to me and said, didn't you just win an oscar? and i said, no, and i bit into my double-double. >> and the oscar goes to -- >> just the fact that i was sitting in that room with those people, wearing that gorgeous dress that had been especially made just for me, i felt i had won. honestly, i didn't feel i needed any more than that. >> people go oh, it's just enough to be nominated, which is all well and good. in the beginning. >> and the winner is linda hunt! >> the nominees -- >> ken chase. >> whoopi goldberg. >> margaret avery. >> "the color purple" was given 11 nominations. >> "the color purple." >> for "the color purple."
>> and then each time the movie was called, we didn't win. so that's a tough evening to sit through. >> i could feel this, um, hunger and grasping in me that i didn't like. >> hey, what time is it? i'm waiting for my kids to come home from school and i don't know what time it is. hey, you, you've got a watch on. will you tell me the time? >> that's an academy award winning part. she should have won an award for that. not my award. >> and the winner is -- ellen bersten.
on the other. and you're sort of squished in the middle. >> dustin hoffman. >> i would like to thank my parents for not practicing birth control. i'm up here with mixed feelings. i'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to be able to work. >> it's not a sport. in sports, whoever wins wins. the oscars are not like that. >> i refuse to believe that i beat jack lemon, that i beat al pacino, that i beat peter sellers. i refuse to believe that robert duvall lost. >> you know in your heart that
this is kind of wrong, and i know i shouldn't be saying this because we're talking about the oscars, and on many levels it's fantastic. >> there are people who are giving that artistic part of themself that goes beyond a paycheck, and they are never up here, and many of them are not members of the academy, and we never hear of them. >> in the end, we are artists, and art is not about competition or prizes. it really isn't. >> and to that artistic family that strives for excellence, none of you have ever lost. and i am proud to share this with you and i thank you. >> competition, by its very nature, creates winners and losers. ♪ i'm singing in the rain but some movies overlooked by oscar have stood the test of
time and are now regarded as classics. ♪ i'm happy again ♪ i'm laughing at clouds >> it's very hard to say one film is better than another. is "the godfather" better than "2001 space odyssey?" i don't know. is "annie hall" better than "good fellas?" i don't know. every year, the academy announces its nominees and immediately everybody is saying how could they nominate that one? i'll tell you how. it's very easy. we took a vote. that's how. this is not a tablet handed down from god writ by his finger saying okay, if anybody disagrees, you're wrong, this is the official answer. this is our opinion. >> some people who should have gotten oscars never got an oscar.
>> for a lifetime of work, or sometimes for work too long unrewarded, the academy offers the honorary oscar. >> always a bridesmaid, never a bride. my foot. >> our board of governors tonight salutes with a special oscar. >> harold lloyd. >> groucho marks. >> lillian gish. >> howard hawks. >> deborah clark. >> kirk douglas. >> lauren bacall. >> blake edwards. >> d.a. pennybaker. >> charles chaplain. >> oh, you're wonderful, sweet people.
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the occasion. how do you like it so far, kids? >> my heart. >> i feel so happy. i want to thank all the members of the academy who did not vote for me. >> hello, gorgeous. >> i can't tell you how encouraging a thing like this is. >> it's much heavier than i imagined. >> i had something to say, and i can't remember what i was going to say for the life of me. >> i do remember feeling completely overwhelmed by the fact that jack lemmon, peter o'toole, dustin hoffman and paul newman were my fellow nominees. >> five outstanding performances and the winner is -- >> i remember turning to my ex-wife and saying, are you ready to applaud paul?
>> ben kingsley. >> it is a bit like being in a car crash. everything slows down, everything goes into slow motion and it start of goes, tick, tick, tick. the winner is -- >> helen mirren in "the queen." >> my assistant came with me and she said in the morning, all kids love to get gold stars. and this is the biggest and best gold star i've ever had in my life. i thought that was a lovely idea, that we all do love the gold star, you know. it makes us feel proud, that we've achieved something.
>> there's a couple of family members that were skeptical with my acting. when the nomination happened, i don't know, i almost felt like i had gotten a diploma of something. >> benicio del toro. >> thank you. thank you. >> the five nominees for best performance by an actor in a leading role are -- >> my father had made some of the greatest movies and he had never won. didn't seem right. or possible. >> you know what this is? the university of pennsylvania finals 1921, second place. >> i was nominated for best supporting actor. dad was nominated for best actor. catherine was nominated for best female actor.
i didn't win, and the two of them did. >> the winner is katharine hepburn in "on golden pond." >> henry fonda, "on golden pond." >> he was too sick to get his oscar, so he asked me, if he did win, to get it for him. >> oh, dad, i'm so happy and proud for you. >> that was one of the happiest moments of my life. we all went over to his house and presented the oscar to him, and his first words were, i'm so happy for kate. >> the nominees for best performance by an actress in a leading role are -- >> last night never happened and i'm going to marry him and we're going to take this to the
oscars. >> i can't do that. >> why not? >> i'm in love with you. >> snap out of it! >> cher in "moonstruck." >> as he started doing that, i went deaf. i was very frightened by holly hunter. i saw that movie, i thought, oh, my god, she's so great in it. then i thought, glenn close too, and it's dramatic, she did everything, she boiled the rabbit. >> the winner is -- >> and when he opened the envelope, he took a breath, and i thought, i've lost, because it doesn't take a breath to say cher. >> the winner is cher in "moonstruck." >> and when he said it, i was so -- my senses were so strange and i had no idea that people stood up. ♪
>> it was just crazy. i was really kind of not in my right mind. my senses were failing me. >> when i was little, my mother said, i want you to be something. and, uh, and i guess this represents 23 or 24 years of my work and i've never won anything before from my peers. and i also would like to thank mary louise streep, i did my first movie with her and i was nominated with her and i feel really thankful.
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for best picture of the year -- >> for the best picture of 1961-- >> for the best picture of the year -- >> may i have the envelope, please? >> the winner -- >> "on the water front." >> "from here to eternity." >> "around the world in 80 days." ♪ >> so beautiful. isn't he beautiful. >> best documentary feature. >> "harlan county usa." >> "violin."
>> "the departed." >> "ordinary people." >> "chicago." >> i love the world. i'm so happy. thank you! >> thank you so, so much. >> i can't believe it. >> wow, this is incredible! >> this is pretty good. this is all right. >> "slumdog millionaire." >> for the best foreign language film. >> it was an amazing night. and i got home, it was probably 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. i got up at 7:00, threw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and a pair of sneakers and went back to work.
i'm sitting on this dusty old sound stage with stale coffee and bad doughnuts and thought, this is hollywood. last night wasn't hollywood. last night is what people outside the business think of as hollywood. that's the one night of the year that we all get dressed up and put on a show. this, the sitting in this dusty old stage, doing the drudgery of film making is hollywood. it's a lot of people working very hard and very unglamorous things for a long time with a tremendous risk of failure. and that's hollywood.
>> the glamour and all that is fun, but i just think about the work. >> where do you keep your oscar? >> right here. >> for the winners, there will be a giant victory celebration in the grand ballroom in the hilton hotel. the rest of us will gather at the monoxide room in the price water house garage. >> when i was waiting in london to get my luggage in the luggage room, someone recognized me and started applauding. and the words that went around the luggage hall, and the whole luggage hall, everyone waiting for the luggage and the luggage handlers and all applauded me.
so i got the oscar out. and held it up. that was lovely. >> ain't that pretty? >> the nominations are -- do i get an envelope? oh, thank you. the nominations are -- right there. >> sorry, a bit closer to my eyes. >> change glasses. >> some more of the nominees -- oh, wrong glasses. sorry. >> story and screenplay by eric -- rommer. >> rommer. >> rommer. >> go ahead. >> the problem is, i forgot my
glasses, but -- okay. >> and the winner is -- >> indiana, 8668. >> before i came, i went to visit jane austin's grave to pay my respects, you know, and tell her about the grosses. >> roberto, you getting my jokes, man? you understanding my jokes? you're not understanding not a thing i'm saying, are you? all right. you think i'm funny? >> before my mom passed away about 18 months ago she predicted that this was going to happen for me on this film. she also made that prediction on every movie i've directed since 1983. >> i have wondered for 26 years what this would feel like. thank you so much for terminating the suspense.
>> i should tell you if you are a winner and your speech goes on too long, first you'll see flashing lights and then the band will start to play and then you'll feel something stick in your neck. and i would suggest that you walk toward the light. >> turn that clock off, it's making me nervous. >> 29 seconds, 27 seconds. that's really intimidating. >> let's get out of here. >> yeah, thank you. thank you. >> ladies and gentlemen, there you've seen it, the world series of the big leagues of the entertainment world of hollywood movies. >> good night from hollywood. >> good night, everybody. >> good night, ladies and gentlemen. and thank you very much.