Academy Awards: 1987-1990

59th Academy Awards

The 59th Academy Awards were presented March 30, 1987. The hosts were Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Paul Hogan.

This ceremony was notable for being the last in 23 years to have multiple hosts, until the 82nd Academy Awards were hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

The year also marked for Hannah and Her Sisters won both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, remaining as the last film to won both supporting acting categories as of 2010. The film also won Best Writing – Original Screenplay.

Here are the nominees and winners of the acting categories, as well as Best Picture and Best Director:

Best Picture

Winner: Platoon

Children of a Lesser God
Hannah and Her Sisters
The Mission
A Room with a View

Best Director

Winner: Oliver Stone – Platoon

Woody Allen – Hannah and Her Sisters
James Ivory – A Room with a View
Roland Joffe – The Mission
David Lynch – Blue Velvet

Best Actor

Winner: Paul Newman – The Color of Money

Dexter Gordon – Round Midnight
William Hurt – Children of a Lesser God
Bob Hoskins – Mona Lisa
James Woods – Salvador

Best Actress

Winner: Marlee Matlin – Children of a Lesser God

Sigourney Weaver – Aliens
Sissy Spacek – Crimes of the Heart
Jane Fonda – The Morning After
Kathleen Turner – Peggy Sue Got Married

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Michael Caine – Hannah and Her Sisters

Tom Berenger – Platoon
Willem Dafoe – Platoon
Denholm Elliot – A Room with a View
Dennis Hopper – Hoosiers

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Dianne Wiest – Hannah and Her Sisters

Tess Harper – Crimes of the Heart
Piper Laurie – Children of a Lesser God
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio – The Color of Money
Maggie Smith – A Room with a View

60th Academy Awards

The 60th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1988 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was the first to be held there since the 20th Academy Awards. The 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, which began on March 7, were mentioned several times during the evening: host Chevy Chase claimed his “entire monologue was generously donated by five Teamsters” and Sean Connery referred to the strike in his acceptance speech.

Billy Wilder was rewarded The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. The event was otherwise dominated by two films. The Last Emperor won all nine Oscars for which it was nominated, including two for Bernardo Bertolucci, who won for his direction and for co-writing the screenplay, adapted from the title character’s autobiography. It did so in spite of having been “snubbed by several Hollywood studios and mishandled by the company (Columbia Pictures) that finally distributed it.” Moonstruck, nominated for six Academy Awards, received three, two in acting categories (for Cher and Olympia Dukakis), and another for its original screenplay. Four films with five or more nominations were shut out: Broadcast News, Hope and Glory, Fatal Attraction, and Empire of the Sun.

Here are the nominees and winners of the acting categories, as well as Best Picture and Best Director:

Best Picture

Winner: The Last Emperor

Broadcast News
Fatal Attraction
Hope and Glory

Best Director

Winner: Bernardo Bertolucci – The Last Emperor

John Boorman – Hope and Glory
Lasse Hallstrom – My Life as a Dog
Norman Jewison – Moonstruck
Adrian Lyne – Fatal Attraction

Best Actor

Winner: Michael Douglas – Wall Street

William Hurt – Broadcast News
Marcello Mastroianni – Dark Eyes
Jack Nicholson – Ironweed
Robin Williams – Good Morning, Vietnam

Best Actress

Winner: Cher – Moonstruck

Glenn Close – Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter – Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland – Anna
Meryl Streep – Ironweed

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Sean Connery – The Untouchables

Albert Brooks – Broadcast News
Morgan Freeman – Street Smart
Vincent Gardenia – Moonstruck
Denzel Washington – Cry Freedom

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Olympia Dukakis – Moonstruck

Anne Archer – Fatal Attraction
Norma Aleandro – Gaby: A True Story
Anne Ramsey – Throw Momma from the Train
Ann Sothern – The Whales of August

61st Academy Awards

The 61st Academy Awards were presented on March 29, 1989. For this show, there was no “official” host as the show opened with a stage-show featuring Merv Griffin, Snow White and Rob Lowe. Another change was that the producers attempted to change the traditional line “And the winner is…” to “And the Oscar goes to…”. This broadcast is also noted for being the final public appearance of actress Lucille Ball, who died less than one month later.

Here are the nominees and winners of the acting categories, as well as Best Picture and Best Director:

Best Picture

Winner: Rain Man

The Accidental Tourist
Dangerous Liaisons
Mississippi Burning
Working Girl

Best Director

Winner: Barry Levinson – Rain Man

Charles Crichton – A Fish Called Wanda
Mike Nichols – Working Girl
Alan Parker – Mississippi Burning
Martin Scorsese – The Last Temptation of Christ

Best Actor

Winner: Dustin Hoffman – Rain Man

Gene Hackman – Mississippi Burning
Tom Hanks – Big
Edward James Olmos – Stand and Deliver
Max von Sydow – Pelle the Conqueror

Best Actress

Winner: Jodie Foster – The Accused

Glenn Close – Dangerous Liaisons
Melanie Griffith – Working Girl
Meryl Streep – A Cry in the Dark
Sigourney Weaver – Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Kevin Kline – A Fish Called Wanda

Alec Guiness – Little Dorrit
Martin Landau – Tucker: The Man and His Dream
River Phoenix – Running on Empty
Dean Stockwell – Married to the Mob

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Geena Davis – The Accidental Tourist

Joan Cusack – Working Girl
Frances McDormand – Mississippi Burning
Michelle Pfeiffer – Dangerous Liaisons
Sigourney Weaver – Working Girl

62nd Academy Awards

The 62nd Academy Awards were presented March 26, 1990.

The event, billed as Around the World in 3½ Hours – The 62d Academy Awards Presentation, featured live segments from five other cities around the globe:

* Buenos Aires, Argentina
* London, United Kingdom
* Moscow, Soviet Union (featuring Jack Lemmon and Natalya Negoda announcing the Oscar nominees for best foreign film)
* Sydney, Australia
* Tokyo, Japan

This was the first telecast hosted by Billy Crystal. He would host the show seven more times over the next fifteen years. Crystal opened the ceremony with a song about the nominees for best picture, something he would do for every ceremony he hosted.

Driving Miss Daisy won four awards including Best Picture; the 80-year-old Jessica Tandy became the oldest woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Here are the nominees and winners of the acting categories, as well as Best Picture and Best Director:

Best Picture

Winner: Driving Miss Daisy

Born on the Fourth of July
Dead Poets Society
Field of Dreams
My Left Foot

Best Director

Winner: Oliver Stone – Born on the Fourth of July

Woody Allen – Crimes and Misdemeanors
Kenneth Branagh – Henry V
Jim Sheridan – My Left Foot
Peter Weir – Dead Poets Society

Best Actor

Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis – My Left Foot

Kenneth Branagh – Henry V
Tom Cruise – Born on the Fourth of July
Morgan Freeman – Driving Miss Daisy
Robin Williams – Dead Poets Society

Best Actress

Winner: Jessica Tandy – Driving Miss Daisy

Isabelle Adjani – Camille Claudel
Pauline Collins – Shirley Valentine
Jessica Lange – Music Box
Michelle Pfeiffer – The Fabulous Baker Boys

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Denzel Washington – Glory

Danny Aiello – Do the Right Thing
Dan Aykroyd – Driving Miss Daisy
Marlon Brando – A Dry White Season
Martin Landau – Crimes and Misdemeanors

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Brenda Fricker – My Left Foot


Anjelica Huston – Enemies: A Love Story
Lena Olin – Enemies: A Love Story
Julia Roberts – Steel Magnolias
Dianne Wiest – Parenthood

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