The 1993 Oscars Revisited: Schindler’s List

Welcome to the Oscars reading, in which Gold Derby editors and pundits Christopher Rosen and Joyce Eng revisit the Oscar ceremonies and winners of yesteryear. This week, we’re breaking down the 66th Academy Awards in 1994, honoring movies from 1993.

It was one of the most predictable years in Oscar history, but it’s hard to find, even from some nominees’ own accounts, many people who dispute most of the winners. ‘Schindler’s List’ won seven awards from 12 nominations, including Best Picture and the long-awaited Best Director trophy for Steven Spielberg. 1993 was just Spielberg’s year in general as his other big hit, “Jurassic Park,” landed three Oscars, giving his movies 10 statuettes in total.

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Main actor categories have also been locked for tom hank (“Philadelphia”) and holly hunter (“The piano”); the former, having headlined numerous comedies, had a dramatic performance as gay AIDS-stricken lawyer Andy Beckett in the first mainstream studio film tackling the crisis, while the latter completely swept away her turn as the mute Ada McGrath. They beat several people who probably would have won any other year, including Liam Neeson in “Schindler’s List” and Angela Bassette in “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” Hanks co-star Denzel Washington ran in the lead and was not nominated, but should he have gone to support instead?

Elsewhere, we get a kick out of Hunter comparing the Best Supporting Actress category to Hamburger Helper and praise Elijah Woodearly performance as a presenter.

Intro and our favorite movies from 1993 (0:00)
Whoopi Goldberg’s Host Debut (27:20)
Best Picture (40:51)
Best Director (45:35)
Best Actor (57:52)
Best Actress (1:11:45)
Best Supporting Actor (1:16:47)
Best Supporting Actress (1:23:45)
Scenario Rewards (1:31:49)
Music Awards (1:33:20)
Other rewards (1:36:52)

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