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1997 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

Film & TV Awards in 1997

  • Jan 12 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)
  • Jan 19 54th Golden Globes: The English Patient, Geoffrey Rush, & Brenda Blethyn win
  • Jan 20 2nd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film
  • Jan 26 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 8 28th NAACP Image Awards: "A Time to Kill" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 9 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds wins
  • Feb 10 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 13 47th Berlin International Film Festival: "The People vs. Larry Flynt" wins the Golden Bear
  • Mar 23 17th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Striptease" wins
  • Mar 24 69th Academy Awards: "The English Patient", Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand win
  • Apr 29 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The English Patient" Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director
  • Apr 29 43rd British Academy Television Awards: "Only Fools and Horses" Best Comedy, "EastEnders" Best Drama
  • May 18 50th Cannes Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry" directed by Abbas Kiarostami and "Unagi" directed by Shohei Imamura jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • May 21 Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
  • Jun 1 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • Jul 17 30th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 27 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 13 22nd Toronto International Film Festival: "The Hanging Garden" directed by Thom Fitzgerald wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 49th Emmy Awards: Law & Order, Frasier, Dennis Franz & Gillian Anderson win

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Czech Republic's first president Vaclav Havel (60) weds Czech actress Dagmar Havlova (43) in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jan 4 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas
  • Feb 2 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

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