1995 Oscars: Whoopie hosts, Braveheart wins

The Oscars 1995

By Elena C.

The Oscar for best motion picture of 1995 goes to “Braveheart”, produced, directed and starred in by Mel Gibson.

The 1995 Oscars featured some of the greatest and most memorable movies of all time and included some of the best acting performances as well.  The Oscars were held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on March 25, 1996, which were honoring movies that were made in 1995 along with all the people who helped make those movies happen. The Oscars were hosted by actress and current hostess of the talk show The View, Whoopi Goldberg.

Braveheart a historical drama about William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots into the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England won the best picture of the year award.  It beat out fellow nominees Apollo 13, Sense and Sensibility, Babe, and The Postman, which were all fantastic movies. 

The Oscar for best actress was won by Susan Sarandon for her role in “Dead man Walking” as Sister Helen Prejean.  This was the first time she ever won an Oscar and the first time for a nun role to win.  Nicholas Cage won the Oscar for best actor for his role as Ben Sanderson in the movie “Leaving Las Vegas”.  This was his first Oscar win as well.

Three special awards were also given out that night; the first one was to John Lasseter, for his inspired leadership of the Pixar “Toy Story” team, resulting in the first feature-length computer-animated film, according to Oscar.org.  The second award that was presented that night was to Kirk Douglas for fifty years of hard work in the motion picture community.  The final award was given to Chuck Jones for the wonderful creation of timeless cartoons, which include Looney Tunes for Warner Bros.

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