Christopher Reeve received a standing ovation while presenting a film montage about films that tackled social issues less than a year after his horse-riding accident in which he was paralyzed.

The Best Short Film, Live Action category had among the five nominated short films, three actors receiving nominations for their work behind cameras: Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Jeff Goldblum. Lahti won the Oscar for Lieberman in Love (1995).