Snow White had not been seen on the Academy Awards show since her infamous pairing with Rob Lowe in 1989. She was brought back for this show, as animation, to award the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. However a glitch interrupted the moment, as she named the winner, the recorded announcement stopped dead in the middle and she sat frozen for a few seconds before it started back up again.
For his role as Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, Robert Downey Jr. became the first Best Actor nominee nominated for playing a previous Best Actor nominee.
Audrey Hepburn's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was awarded posthumously as she has died on the 20th January, 2 months prior to the ceremony.
Security was tightened around the Oscar proceedings this year due to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center one month before the ceremony.
Nikita Mikhalkov's Close to Eden became the first foreign language film submitted from Russia as opposed to The Soviet Union.
A year after the 65th Annual Academy Awards, an article turned up The New York Daily News that questioned whether Marisa Tomei had received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for My Cousin Vinny by mistake. It was claimed that presenter Jack Palance, who was fumbling at the podium (some claimed he was intoxicated) read the name off the teleprompter instead of the envelope and that the winner was actually Vanessa Redgrave. Many other publications picked up the strange claim and the story became an urban legend. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did their own investigation by reviewing the presentation of the awards and concluded that when the name was read out, that Palance was indeed reading the name from the envelope. They made their finding public and also stated that if such a mishap had occurred, then the representatives from Price-Waterhouse (the independent accounting firm that tabulated the results) would have stepped to the microphone to rectify the error. Neither Tomei nor Palance ever commented on the claim.