Wednesday, March 30, 2016

'Beauty and the Beast' at the 64th Academy Awards

Beauty and the Beast made Oscar history in February 1992 when it became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. The film received a total of six nominations, including Best Original Score, Best Sound, and three nominations for Best Original Song ("Beauty and the Beast," "Belle," and "Be Our Guest").

On the night of the 64th Academy Awards (March 30, 1992), Beauty and the Beast was awarded two Oscars for Best Original Song ("Beauty and the Beast"- Howard Ashman & Alan Menken) and Best Original Score (Alan Menken). Menken and Ashman took home awards in these categories two years prior for their work on The Little Mermaid.

The ceremony also featured performances of all three nominated songs with members of the original cast, including Paige O'Hara (Belle), Richard White (Gaston), Jerry Orbach (Lumiere), and Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts). Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, who recorded the pop single, also performed.

Belle, Beast, and Chip were also on hand to present the award for Best Animated Short.

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