Tuesday, April 18, 2017

O is for O'Connor & Oscar Awards (2017 Blogging A to Z)

Welcome to my '92 Time Capsule, where I unearth artifacts and memories from a quarter century ago in alphabetical order everyday (excluding Sundays, with the exception of the 30th) during the month of April. 

Today's letter is O, so let's get to it ...

Sinead O'Connor, an Irish singer-songwriter most commonly known for her version of the Prince song "Nothing Compares 2 U," appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in October 1992.  During her live televised performance before a nationwide audience, she sang an a capella version of Bob Marley's "War."  During the song, O'Connor presented a photo of Pope John Paul II.  As she sang the word "evil," she tore the pictures into pieces, said "Fight the real enemy," and threw them at the camera.


The annual Oscar Awards were held in Los Angeles in March of 1992.  The 64th Academy Awards honored the best films of 1991.  The ceremony was hosted by actor-comedian Billy Crystal, who was hosting the awards for the third consecutive year.

The night basically belonged to one movie, The Silence of the Lambs.  

The horror-thriller movie, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, won five out of seven awards:  Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Other winners from the night include:

Best Supporting Actor - Jack Palance (as Curly Washburn in City Slickers)  *It is also worthy to note that Palance, who was 73 at the time, got down on the stage and did a series of one-handed pushups.

Best Supporting Actress - Mercedes Ruehl (as Anne Napolitano in The Fisher King)

Best Original Screenplay - Thelma & Louise

Best Original Score - Beauty and the Beast

Best Original Song - "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast

Best Makeup - Terminator 2

Best Visual Effects - Terminator 2

On a personal note, I remember seeing The Silence of the Lambs in the theater and being incredibly creeped out by it, so much so that I lost all interest in reading the book the movie was based on.  Despite this, The Silence of the Lambs is one of my go-to movies that I will watch every time I find it on tv.

Do you remember when Sinead ripped up the Pope's picture?  Were you watching it live?  (I wasn't.)

As always, thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. I don't remember any of these things, I think I only know about them after it all happened. I saw thelma and louise on tv later and thought the ending was super, super sad but they certainly define the meaning of friendship.

    have a lovely day.

    ~ my O post - Can you write 3 sentences about yourself without 'O'?~


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