Oscar Impact: Leaving Las Vegas

The Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis refused to view the omission of “Leaving Las Vegas” from the Best Picture nominees as a snub, claiming: “Everything is a bonus. The awards will provide the film with an exposure to audiences it would not have otherwise had.”

In 1995, aside from “Leaving Las Vegas,” the movies that gained overseas were “Sense and Sensibility,” “Dead Man Walking,” and “Nixon.” The foreign distributors of these pictures held off on their theatrical release until Oscar time. Industry recognition, by way of Oscar nominations and awards, increased the films' commercial prospects abroad.