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The 62nd Academy Awards (1990)

Held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Monday, March 26, 1990,
honoring movies released in 1989.

Billy Crystal hosting the 62nd Academy Awards.

Billy Crystal hosting the 62nd Academy Awards.

Best Picture

The Last Emperor Full Image

"Driving Miss Daisy"

Zanuck Company Production; Warner Bros.

Best Actor

Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis ("My Left Foot"). Full Image

Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis ("My Left Foot").

Best Film Editing

Best Film Editing winners David Brenner and Joe Hushting ("Born on the Fourth of July"). Full Image

David Brenner and Joe Hutshing

Best Film Editing winners David Brenner and Joe Hushting ("Born on the Fourth of July").

The Year

  • Jessica Tandy
  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Denzel Washington
  • Best Picture: "Driving Miss Daisy"
    • "Driving Miss Daisy" also won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Jessica Tandy), Makeup (Manlio Rocchetti, Lynn Barber, and Kevin Haney), and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Alfred Uhry). (View Image)
  • All of the year’s acting winners were first-time winners: Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor in “My Left Foot,” Jessica Tandy for Best Actress in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Denzel Washington for Best Supporting Actor in “Glory,” and Brenda Fricker for Best Supporting Actress in “My Left Foot.”
  • Jessica Tandy was 80 years and 292 days old when she received her Oscar, which was her first, making her the oldest performer ever to win a competitive Oscar.
  • Several portions of the show originated from cities elsewhere in the world via satellites: Mel Gibson and Glenn Close participated from London, Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward from Sydney, Charlton Heston and Norma Aleandro from Buenos Aires, and Jack Lemmon hosted a segment from Moscow.
  • Billy Crystal was the host for the first time.
  • An animated Bugs Bunny was among the presenters.
  • In February 1989, Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African American to lead a major United States political party.
  • In March 1989, Time, Inc. and Warner Communications announced plans for a merger, forming Time Warner.
  • On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled approximately 11 million gallons of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.
  • On June 4, 1989, hundreds of civilians were shot dead and thousands more were wounded by the Chinese army during a protest in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
  • In June 1989, both the Nintendo Game Boy and Atari Portable Entertainment System (Lynx) were introduced to the U.S. at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.
  • In August 1989, Cincinnati Reds manager and ex-baseball player Pete Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport following allegations of illegal gambling, thereby preventing his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • On October 17, 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale killed more than 60 people and injured another 3,700 in San Francisco. Sections of the two-tier San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Nimitz freeway collapsed.
  • On November 9, 1989, the SED government announced that travel restrictions for East Germans were lifted, and that night, thousands of people from East Berlin inundated West Berlin.
  • On December 17, 1989, the first full episode of “The Simpsons” was shown on FOX.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

To Howard W. Koch.

Honorary Award

To Akira Kurosawa for accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world. (View Image)

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