The Academy Awards

Season 65 Episode 1

The 65th Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 29, 1993 on ABC



  • Notes

    • 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.