In 1997, the 69th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1996, and December 31, 1996, the awards were held on March 24. For the fifth time, Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony, tying him with Johnny Carson for the second-most appearances as Oscars host. With her win for Best Actress for Fargo, Frances McDormand became the first performer in Oscars history to win for a role directed by his or her spouse. McDormand's husband, Joel Coen, lost...

In 1996, the 68th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1995, and December 31, 1995, the awards were held on March 25. For the second time, the ceremony was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The music branch of the Academy made the decision to divide the Best Original Score category into two categories: Best Dramatic Score and Best Musical or Comedy Score. This was seen as a response to Walt Disney animation films dominating the category...

In 1995, the 67th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1994, and December 31, 1994, the awards were held on March 27. The ceremony was hosted by late-night talk show host David Letterman for the first (and only) time. Letterman's awkward performance as host was met with such negative criticism, he was never again invited to host. For the first time in 56 years, a performer would win consecutive acting Oscars. With his second win for...

In 1994, the 66th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1993, and December 31, 1993, the awards were held on March 21. The ceremony was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg for the first time. Goldberg became not only the first solo female host, but also the first African-American host. It was reported Goldberg was only offered the position after Steve Martin, Bette Midler, and Johnny Carson all turned down the offer. Holly Hunter and Emma Thompson...

In 1993, the 65th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1992, and December 31, 1992, the awards were held on March 29. For the fourth consecutive year, the ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal. Al Pacino became the sixth performer to receive nominations in both lead and supporting acting categories, with nominations for Best Actor for his performance in Scent of a Woman and Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Glengarry Glen Ross. Pacino...

In 1992, the 64th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1991, and December 31, 1991, the awards were held on March 30. For the third consecutive year, the ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal. With his nomination for Best Director for his film Boyz in the Hood, John Singleton became the first African-American to be nominated in this category. At only 24 years-old, Singleton also became the youngest person to be nominated for Best Director...

In 1991, the 63rd Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1990, the awards were held on March 25. For the second consecutive year, the ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal. With her win for Best Supporting Actress for his performance in Ghost, Whoopi Goldberg became only the fifth African-American and the second African-American female to receive an Oscar for acting. Pop star Madonna managed to steal the show not once, but twice....

In 1990, the 62nd Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1989, and December 31, 1989, the awards were held on March 26. The ceremony was hosted for the first time by Billy Crystal, who would become a staple of the next decade of Oscar ceremonies. All four acting winners were first-time victors. With his win for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Glory, Denzel Washington became only the fourth African-American to receive an Oscar...

In 1989, the 61st Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1988, and December 31, 1988, the awards were held on March 29. For the first time in decades, the ceremony did not have a host. More on that shortly. Sigourney Weaver became only the fifth performer to receive two acting nominations in the same year. Weaver was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Gorillas in the Mist and Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl....

In 1988, the 60th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1987, and December 31, 1987, the awards were held on March 30. The awards moved back to the Shrine Auditorium for the first time since 1948. The ceremony was hosted by Chevy Chase. Beginning a month before the ceremony, the Writers Guild of America strike heavily affected the telecast. The Guild refused to grant the Academy a waiver to permit writers to work on dialogue for...