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Trivia Tuesday – 7/13/10

Question: What 80s pop star got her start on Star Search, but did not win, but came in second?

Last Week’s Question: What 1983 big-screen smash was hyped with the line: “Take your passion and make it happen”?

Answer: Flashdance

Flashdance was released in 1983, and was the 3rd highest grossing film of the year (behind Return of the Jedi and Terms of Endearment) by taking in almost $93 million.
Jennifer Beals starred as Alex Owens – a welder at a steel mill in Pittsburgh by day, and a dancer at a tavern by night. She wanted to become accepted by a prestigious dance school, the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. During one of her performances at Mawby’s, the bar where she works, she attracts the attention of Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), who is her boss at the steel mill, and he soon learns that Alex is one of his employees.

Alex’s best friends also work at Mawby’s, and they have their own aspirations to fame. Jeanie Szabo (Sunny Johnson) is a waitress who aspires to be a professional ice skater, and Jeanie’s boyfriend Richie Blazik (Kyle T. Heffner) is a cook who wants to be a professional stand-up comedian.

Alex needs professional dance instruction, so she gets a dance teacher and mentor who is a retired ballet dancer – Hanna Long (Lilia Skala), who encourages Alex to pursue her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. After Jeanie falls twice while auditioning for an ice show, she loses confidence in herself and becomes a dancer at a strip club, where she performs in the nude, and Alex goes there to rescue Jeanie.

Alex and Nick become lovers, but she later learns that he has an ex-wife named Katie (Belinda Bauer), and they have a hostile encounter in a local restaurant. Nick uses his contacts at the Conservatory to secure an audition for Alex, and just before the audition she goes to Hanna’s house and learns that Hanna died the previous night.

At the audition, Alex falls at the beginning of her routine, but starts over and completes the routine successfully. In the final scene, Alex runs out of the Conservatory building with a smile on her face and is hugged by Nick, who gives her a bouquet of red roses.

The Music

“Flashdance… What a Feeling” was performed by Irene Cara, who also sang the title song for the similar 1980 film Fame. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as a Golden Globe and numerous other awards. It also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1983. Despite the song’s title, the word “Flashdance” is not used in the lyrics. The song is used in the opening title sequence of the film, and is the music used by Alex in her dance audition routine at the end of the film.

Another song used in the film, “Maniac”, was also nominated for an Academy Award. It made Michael Sembello a one-hit wonder.

Here is Irene Cara’s video for “Flashdance… What a Feeling”:

While that was a great song, and she had great success with “Fame”, here is my favorite song by Irene Cara – “The Dream (Hold On To Your Dream)”. This is from the movie D.C. Cab:

Footloose Remake is a go…again

The remake of the classic 1984 is on track to be made again, as the cast has been put together. Paramount Pictures said on Tuesday that Kenny Wormald, 25, who appeared in the MTV series DanceLife will play the role of Ren (made famous by Kevin Bacon). High School Musical star Zac Efron and Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford had both been attached to the remake but later dropped out. Thomas Dekker, who played John Connor in the excellent television show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, had recently been rumored to be in the running for the lead role. Dancing With the Stars champion and country singer Julianne Hough will play Ariel, and Dennis Quaid will play the role of Reverend Moore. Paramount said the planned release date for the movie was April 1, 2011.
Not only has there been a problem locking down an actor for the lead role, but there has also been issues with retaining directors. Hairspray director Adam Shankman and Kenny Ortega, who directed High School Musical, both dropped out. Now, Craig Brewer, who also directed Hustle & Flow will be directing the remake. Brewer said he had been a fan of Footloose, which features hit songs Let’s Hear It For the Boy and Holding Out for a Hero, since he was 13 years old.

“I can promise Footloose fans that I will be true to the spirit of the original film. But I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011,” Brewer said in a statement.

If only I had a dime for every ’80s remake – Arthur remake is in the works

I know the ’80s was the greatest decade ever, but what is with all the remakes lately?!? And to make matters worse is that Dudley Moore’s iconic character will be played by Russell Brand. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Garner and Nick Nolte are in talks to join the cast. Helen Mirren is also set to star in the movie.

Arthur is the story of a rich, happy drunk with no ambition. He is also an heir to a huge fortune, which he is told by his mother that will only be his if he marries a woman of her choosing. He does not love the woman, but she will make something of him the family expects. Arthur proposes to her, but then meets a poor girl who he falls in love with.

The original movie was a huge hit in 1981, and John Gielgud won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in his role as Arthur’s butler, Hobson. The film also earned another Academy Award for Best Original Song with “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” which was performed by Christopher Cross. There’s no truth to the rumor that Justin Bieber will remake the theme song for the new movie.

Here are some memorable quotes from the original movie:

Arthur: All I can tell you is, I wish I had a dime for every dime I had.

Susan: A real woman could stop you from drinking.
Arthur: It’d have to be a real BIG woman.

Susan: Arthur, will you take my hand?
Arthur: That would leave you with one!

Arthur: [while taking a bath] God, isn’t life wonderful, Hobson?
Hobson: Yes, Arthur, it is. Do your armpits.
Arthur: A hot bath is wonderful… Girls are WONDERFUL!
Hobson: Yes, imagine how wonderful a girl who bathes would be. Get dressed.

Hobson: Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.
Gloria: Hi.
Hobson: Yes… You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.

Arthur: It’s terribly small, tiny little country. Rhode Island could beat the crap out of it in a war. THAT’S how small it is.

Hobson: Would you remove your helmet, please?
Arthur: Why?
Hobson: Please.
[Arthur hands him his helmet]
Hobson: Thank you. Now your goggles.
Arthur: Why?
Hobson: Please.
[Arthur hands him his goggles]
Hobson: Thank you.
[slaps him across the face repeatedly]
Hobson: You spoiled little bastard! You’re a man who has everything, haven’t you, but that’s not enough. You feel unloved, Arthur, welcome to the world. Everyone is unloved. Now stop feeling sorry for yourself. And incidentally, I love you.

Hobson: I’ve taken the liberty of anticipating your condition. I have brought you orange juice, coffee, and aspirins. Or do you need to throw up?

Here is the original movie trailer:

So what are your thoughts? Is this remake going to be any good? Is it really necessary? Is anybody else annoyed with all the remakes recently? It costs around $10 a ticket for a movie now. You can probably buy the original movie for less than that, and watch it as much as you would like. And there’s a very good chance that the original is better anyway.
Or does anybody feel that the remakes are introducing a new audience to the stories we grew up with and loved?

The Karate Kid is the box office champ this weekend

It must have been my review!! The Karate Kid had a great weekend, grossing $56 million. It made more than twice as money than The A-Team, which came in second. The A-Team didn’t do bad either, making $26 million. It got very good reviews, so it should do well over the next few weeks.

Here is the article from Entertainment Weekly:

Who would have thought a 12-year-old descended from Hollywood royalty would be the summer box office savior? Such is the case as Jaden Smith and his starring role in The Karate Kid propelled the box office to 11 percent up from last year at this time, when everyone was talking The Hangover and Up. He also dominated over the macho A-Team, more than doubling the opening weekend gross of the ’80s television adaptation. In a summer that’s been primarily dominated by misfires, we’ll take the good news even if it means Mr. Jaden Smith is going to command quite a paycheck the next time he lands a starring role.

From director Harald Zwart, The Karate Kid grossed an estimated $56 million and earned an A grade from audiences, according to exit pollster CinemaScore. It seems not even the 2 hour and 20 minute run time thwarted moviegoers from the China-set underdog story. And with such a strong score from audiences, Karate Kid is now on track to become one of summer’s biggest hits. Don’t be surprised if this film with the $40 million budget grosses well over $200 million before the summer is over.

In contrast, The A-Team, earned $26 million for its opening frame. It’s not a terrible start, but it is well beneath expectations. Its solid B+ grade from audiences should help the film hold in throughout the upcoming weeks. That’s an outcome studio Twentieth Century Fox will be counting on. After a disappointment last weekend with Marmaduke, Fox needs both A-Team and the upcoming Knight & Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, to be hits.

Shrek Forever After is still holding in well. The Dreamworks Animation film earned another $15.8 million, 38 percent less than what it made last weekend. That puts the film’s cume at $210 million, a number that, while solid, will still likely end up far beneath any of the other Shrek releases.

In fourth place was holdover Get Him to the Greek which performed almost exactly like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the film where these lead characters originated. Earning another $10.1 million, the film dropped 43 percent for a total take of $36.5 million. The Ashton Kutcher-Katherine Heigl-starrer Killers also fell off less than 50 percent for a fifth place slot. The romantic actioner that’s been panned by critics grossed another $8 million, putting its total at $22.5 million.

Holdovers dominated the rest of the top ten with Prince of Persia grossing $6.5 million, a 53 percent drop that puts the film’s three-week gross at $72.3 million. Marmaduke took the seventh slot, falling 48 percent for its second session in theaters. The talking dog movie earned $6 million its second weekend in theaters for an anemic two-week gross of $22.2 million. Sex and the City 2 dropped 55 percent its third weekend, grossing another $5.5 million for a total cume of $84.7 million. It’s practically impossible for this sequel to match the original which earned $152 million two summers ago.

Iron Man 2 is on the verge of $300 million with an additional $4.5 million added to its coffers this weekend. And poor Splice rounded out the top ten with another $2.8 million for the well-reviewed but poorly received horror film. Losing more than 60 percent of its value its second weekend, the Warner Bros. release has only grossed $13 million after two weekends in release.

The Karate Kid in Theaters Today

One of the most anticipate movies of the summer comes out today – The Karate Kid. It stars Ralph Macchio, who was last seen in the awesome movie The Outsiders. In this movie, Macchio plays Daniel LaRusso, an Italian boy who just moved from New Jersey to California with his mother (Randee Heller). He has a difficult time adjusting to California life. But things appear to get better when he meets a high chool cheerleader, Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue in one of her first movie roles, may have a good career ahead of her). But as it turns out, her ex-boyfriend Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), is the best karate student at the Cobra Kai training school. Daniel gets bullied by Johnny and his fellow hoodlum students. After one of his beatings, Daniel is rescued by Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita – best know as Arnold from Happy Days), as Mr. Miyagi defeats all five Cobra Kai easily. Daniel asks Miyagi to be his teacher. Miyagi refuses, but agrees to go with Daniel to the Cobra Kai dojo in order to resolve the conflict. They confront the sensei, John Kreese (Martin Kove), an ex-Special Forces Vietnam Veteran who sneers at the concepts of mercy and restraint.
Kreese and Miyagi agree to a match between Johnny and Daniel in two months’ time at the All Valley Karate Tournament.

Mr. Miyagi becomes Daniel’s teacher and a father figure. He begins Daniel’s training by having him perform laborious chores such as waxing cars, sanding a wooden floor, painting a fence, and refinishing Miyagi’s house.

Daniel becomes frustrated because he wants to learn how to fight. After a while Daniel becomes angry with Mr. Miyagi, then Miyagi throws several punches at Daniel. But, much to his own surprise Daniel is able to block all of the moves without think about it. By doing such particular chores as painting a fence, sanding a floor, and waxing a car (“Wax on. Wax off.”), he was really learning defensive moves.

As their bond grows, Daniel learns that Mr. Miyagi’s wife had died giving childbirth. So the loss of Daniel’s father, and the loss of Mr. Miyagi’s family strengthened their father-son relationship.

Daniel does well in the tournament, and comes face-to-face in the finals with Johnny. I don’t want to spill any spoilers about who won the match. But, I will say that a “Crane Kick” stance plays a factor.
I give this movie an A.

Here is the movie trailer:

A-Team in Theaters Today

Here is the movie review from Entertainment Weekly:

Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman | Jun 10, 2010

The A-Team, a testosterone-on-steroids big-screen blow-up of the popular schlock commando TV series of the mid-1980s, was not — repeat, not — produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Yet the picture might almost have been designed to make the Bruckheim-meister jealous. It’s arguable that he has never produced a movie that’s this jam-packed with bluster and noise, hurtling metal, preposterous hair-breadth escapes, eyeball-filling explosions, snark-under-pressure one-liners, and so-gung-ho-it’s-almost-nostalgic American ass-kickery.

The movie introduces its characters with witty comic-book touches, like slow-mo shots that reveal how the Mohawked B.A. Baracus (Quinton ”Rampage” Jackson) has ”Pity” and ”Fool” tattooed on his fists (he never actually says the words). For the next two hours, The A-Team rockets forward on little bits like that. The director, the cheerfully shameless and undeniably talented Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces), works hard for the money. One of Carnahan’s favorite tricks is to stage an elaborate chain reaction of an action sequence, the sort of thing that would have been a major piece of overkill in a movie like Con Air, and treat it as just one more casual movie moment — another sandwiched-in, throwaway thrill in a film that’s addicted to them. When Col. Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson), the jaunty, cigar-chomping leader of the A-Team, plots out an operation to recapture a collection of top-secret American-currency printing plates that have been smuggled out of Iraq, the movie cross-cuts between two things: his explanation of the plan, complete with little models on a game board, and the actual carrying out of it — a speeding-truck chase sequence full of perfectly timed wisecracks and firepower. That overlap between planning and execution lends the sequence a breathless, leaping-forward quality, and that’s what the whole movie has. That’s the fun of The A-Team, and its limitation, too. The movie is such a relentless action windup toy that it’s never about anything but its own high-megaton ingenuity.

On TV, The A-Team was like The Dirty Dozen made prime-time clean, and the movie preserves that basic hero/outlaw go-USA wholesomeness, but crazies it up a little. The team itself, a squad of U.S. Army special-ops soldiers who are found guilty of a crime they didn’t commit and carry on anyway as good-guy renegades, are entirely one-dimensional characters, but they still pop on screen. Liam Neeson has reinvented himself as an action star, and he’s a natural at it: loose, funny, and physically imperious, a middle-aged bruiser who always looks like he’s enjoying himself immensely. Bradley Cooper, as Face, the group’s hotshot and lothario, has some fast, funny lines (as when he impersonates a British reporter to filch a TV babe’s ID card), but he grins so smugly that he looks like he’s just seen the grosses of The Hangover. Quinton Jackson, as B.A., is stuck updating an iconic yet anachronistic character (Mr. T played him like an angry action figure), and he’s a little innocuous, if likably quick. Sharlto Copley, the star of District 9, completes the quartet as the manic, meshugana Murdock; he’s like the missing unhinged Wilson brother, and very amusing when he impersonates Mel Gibson in Braveheart or breaks into perfect Swahili to talk his way past a customs gate.

The team tangles with a whole welter of antagonists and authority figures: Patrick Wilson as a CIA stooge; Jessica Biel as a frowning Defense Department officer who’s still in love with Face, her former flame; the excellent Brian Bloom as a mercenary gone very, very bad. The movie itself just keeps whizzing by — it’s entertainment on hyperdrive. Carnahan is obsessed with action logistics: dogfights and fistfights, last-minute rescues by missile attack, bullets fired through skyscraper windows at the exact right moment, the insane image of a tank plummeting to earth while dangling from a parachute. At times, it can all grow wearying, but Carnahan works in a way that’s much lighter than, say, Tony Scott. He really does see blowing stuff up as the ultimate extension of playing with toys. After all its tossed-off climaxes, The A-Team finally finishes with a real climax in which piles of colorful train cars get blown up as a ”diversionary” activity. But who’s kidding whom? The whole movie is a diversionary activity. It’s trash so compacted it glows. B+

That is a really good rating. Click here to see the movie trailer.

May 12, 1980: The Empire Strikes Back is released

30 years ago today, The Empire Strikes Back, one of the greatest sequels of all time was released as part of one of the greatest movie franchises of all time. It was the darkest movie of the original trilogy, but it is usually listed as the most popular of the Star Wars films among fans. The movie started 3 years after the destruction of the Death Star. Darth Vader was obsessed with finding Luke Skywalker, and tracked him along with the Rebel Alliance on the planet ice planet Hoth. While patrolling near the base, Luke is attacked and captured by an ice creature called a Wampa. The you see Luke use the force to free himself. He then saw a vision of his friend and mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi who told Luke to go to the Dagobah system to train to become a jedi under a Jedi Master called Yoda.

He is rescued by Han Solo, and it isn’t long before a great battle on Hoth begins. The rebels escaped from the evil empire, and Luke and R2-D2 go their separate ways from Han, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO.

We are introduced to one of the most popular characters of the franchise – Yoda. He was a green puppet who was voiced by Frank Oz.
While Yoda was training Luke, Darth Vader was looking for Luke’s friends to capture them and draw out Luke.

He blackmails another new popular character in Cloud City – Lando Calrissian, Han’s best friend, played by the smooth Billy Dee Williams – and is able to capture Han, Leia and Chewie.

Luke senses that his friends are in danger and leaves his training early, so that he can rescue them. As he is leaving, Obi-Wan and Yoda are talking, and Obi-Wan said, “That boy is our last hope.” And then Yoda replied with the bombshell – “No. There is another.”

Han is frozen in carbonite, so that Darth Vader could confirm that the freezing process worked before he tried it on Luke. Han survived, and was taken to gangster Jabba the Hutt by another new Star Wars character – Boba Fett, who is a fan favorite.

Luke and Darth Vader battle it out in a light saber duel. Vader cornered Luke, chopped off Luke’s hand, and then dropped another series bombshell by telling Luke that he was Luke’s father. And that he wanted Luke to join him to destroy the Emperor, and rule the galaxy as father and son. Rather than surrender, Luke jumped down the pit that he was standing over, and was eventually rescued by Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca. The movie ended with Lando and Chewie leaving to go find Han Solo.

Even though the movie was dark, with Han being captured, Luke getting his hand cut off, and C-3PO being shot into pieces (then being put back together), this is considered by many to be the best Star Wars movie.

At the time, people were wondering who Yoda was talking about when he said there was another. People were guessing that Princess Leia was Luke’s sister, but nobody knew for sure at the time. And nobody was certain if Darth Vader was really Luke’s father, or if he was just saying that to trick him.

We had to wait three long years for The Return of the Jedi, to come out. And then we finally found out that Luke and Leia were brother and sister (and forever scar you when you see them kiss in The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars. And we also found out that Darth Vader wasn’t lying, and was actually Luke and Leia’s father.

UPDATE: 5/24/10 – Check out The Empire Strikes Back Commentary
from the ForceCast

Oscar Winners from the 80’s

These findings came from

* denotes winner

1980 (53rd)
* Robert De Niro — Raging Bull {“Jake LaMotta”}

Robert Duvall — The Great Santini {“Bull Meechum”}

John Hurt — The Elephant Man {“John Merrick”}

Jack Lemmon — Tribute {“Scottie Templeton”}

Peter O’Toole — The Stunt Man {“Eli Cross”}


Judd Hirsch — Ordinary People {“Dr. Berger”}
* Timothy Hutton — Ordinary People {“Conrad Jarrett”}

Michael O’Keefe — The Great Santini {“Ben Meechum”}

Joe Pesci — Raging Bull {“Joey LaMotta”}

Jason Robards — Melvin and Howard {“Howard Hughes”}


Ellen Burstyn — Resurrection {“Edna May”}

Goldie Hawn — Private Benjamin {“Judy Benjamin”}

Mary Tyler Moore — Ordinary People {“Beth Jarrett”}

Gena Rowlands — Gloria {“Gloria Swenson”}
* Sissy Spacek — Coal Miner’s Daughter {“Loretta Lynn”}


Eileen Brennan — Private Benjamin {“Captain Doreen Lewis”}

Eva Le Gallienne — Resurrection {“Grandma Pearl”}

Cathy Moriarty — Raging Bull {“Vicki LaMotta”}

Diana Scarwid — Inside Moves {“Louise”}
* Mary Steenburgen — Melvin and Howard {“Lynda Dummar”}


The Elephant Man — David Lynch
* Ordinary People — Robert Redford

Raging Bull — Martin Scorsese

The Stunt Man — Richard Rush

Tess — Roman Polanski


Coal Miner’s Daughter — Bernard Schwartz, Producer

The Elephant Man — Jonathan Sanger, Producer
* Ordinary People — Ronald L. Schwary, Producer

Raging Bull — Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Producers

Tess — Claude Berri, Producer; Timothy Burrill, Co-Producer

1981 (54th)

Warren Beatty — Reds {“John ‘Jack’ Reed”}
* Henry Fonda — On Golden Pond {“Norman Thayer, Jr.”}

Burt Lancaster — Atlantic City {“Lou”}

Dudley Moore — Arthur {“Arthur Bach”}

Paul Newman — Absence of Malice {“Michael Gallagher”}


James Coco — Only When I Laugh {“Jimmy Perry”}
* John Gielgud — Arthur {“Hobson”}

Ian Holm — Chariots of Fire {“Sam Mussabini”}

Jack Nicholson — Reds {“Eugene O’Neill”}

Howard E. Rollins, Jr. — Ragtime {“Coalhouse Walker, Jr.”}

* Katharine Hepburn — On Golden Pond {“Ethel Thayer”}

Diane Keaton — Reds {“Louise Bryant”}

Marsha Mason — Only When I Laugh {“Georgia”}

Susan Sarandon — Atlantic City {“Sally”}

Meryl Streep — The French Lieutenant’s Woman {“Sara Woodruff/Anna”}


Melinda Dillon — Absence of Malice {“Teresa”}

Jane Fonda — On Golden Pond {“Chelsea Thayer Wayne”}

Joan Hackett — Only When I Laugh {“Toby Landau”}

Elizabeth McGovern — Ragtime {“Evelyn Nesbit”}
* Maureen Stapleton — Reds {“Emma Goldman”}


Atlantic City — Louis Malle

Chariots of Fire — Hugh Hudson

On Golden Pond — Mark Rydell

Raiders of the Lost Ark — Steven Spielberg
* Reds — Warren Beatty


Atlantic City — Denis Heroux and John Kemeny, Producers
* Chariots of Fire — David Puttnam, Producer

On Golden Pond — Bruce Gilbert, Producer

Raiders of the Lost Ark — Frank Marshall, Producer

Reds — Warren Beatty, Producer

1982 (55th)

Dustin Hoffman — Tootsie {“Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels”}
* Ben Kingsley — Gandhi {“Mahatma Gandhi”}

Jack Lemmon — Missing {“Edmund Horman”}

Paul Newman — The Verdict {“Frank Galvin”}

Peter O’Toole — My Favorite Year {“Alan Swann”}


Charles Durning — The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas {“The Governor”}
* Louis Gossett, Jr. — An Officer and a Gentleman {“Sgt. Emil Foley”}

John Lithgow — The World According to Garp {“Roberta Muldoon”}

James Mason — The Verdict {“Edward Concannon”}

Robert Preston — Victor/Victoria {“Toddy”}


Julie Andrews — Victor/Victoria {“Victor/Victoria”}

Jessica Lange — Frances {“Frances Farmer”}

Sissy Spacek — Missing {“Beth Horman”}
* Meryl Streep — Sophie’s Choice {“Sophie”}

Debra Winger — An Officer and a Gentleman {“Paula Pokrifki”}


Glenn Close — The World According to Garp {“Jenny Fields”}

Teri Garr — Tootsie {“Sandy Lester”}
* Jessica Lange — Tootsie {“Julie Nichols”}

Kim Stanley — Frances {“Lillian Farmer”}

Lesley Ann Warren — Victor/Victoria {“Norma”}


Das Boot — Wolfgang Petersen

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — Steven Spielberg
* Gandhi — Richard Attenborough

Tootsie — Sydney Pollack

The Verdict — Sidney Lumet


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
* Gandhi — Richard Attenborough, Producer

Missing — Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis, Producers

Tootsie — Sydney Pollack and Dick Richards, Producers

The Verdict — Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, Producers

1983 (56th)

Michael Caine — Educating Rita {“Dr. Frank Bryant”}

Tom Conti — Reuben, Reuben {“Gowan McGland”}

Tom Courtenay — The Dresser {“Norman”}

* Robert Duvall — Tender Mercies {“Mac Sledge”}

Albert Finney — The Dresser {“Sir”}


Charles Durning — To Be or Not to Be {“Col. Erhardt”}

John Lithgow — Terms of Endearment {“Sam Burns”}

* Jack Nicholson — Terms of Endearment {“Garrett Breedlove”}

Sam Shepard — The Right Stuff {“Chuck Yeager”}

Rip Torn — Cross Creek {“Marsh Turner”}


Jane Alexander — Testament {“Carol Wetherly”}

* Shirley MacLaine — Terms of Endearment {“Aurora Greenway”}

Meryl Streep — Silkwood {“Karen Silkwood”}

Julie Walters — Educating Rita {“Rita”}

Debra Winger — Terms of Endearment {“Emma Horton”}


Cher — Silkwood {“Dolly Pelliker”}

Glenn Close — The Big Chill {“Sarah”}

* Linda Hunt — The Year of Living Dangerously {“Billy Kwan”}

Amy Irving — Yentl {“Hadaas”}

Alfre Woodard — Cross Creek {“Geechee”}


The Dresser — Peter Yates

Fanny & Alexander — Ingmar Bergman

Silkwood — Mike Nichols

Tender Mercies — Bruce Beresford
* Terms of Endearment — James L. Brooks


The Big Chill — Michael Shamberg, Producer

The Dresser — Peter Yates, Producer

The Right Stuff — Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Producers

Tender Mercies — Philip S. Hobel, Producer

* Terms of Endearment — James L. Brooks, Producer

1984 (57th)

* F. Murray Abraham — Amadeus {“Antonio Salieri”}

Jeff Bridges — Starman {“Starman”}

Albert Finney — Under the Volcano {“Geoffrey Firmin”}

Tom Hulce — Amadeus {“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”}

Sam Waterston — The Killing Fields {“Sydney Schanberg”}


Adolph Caesar — A Soldier’s Story {“Sgt. Waters”}

John Malkovich — Places in the Heart {“Mr. Will”}

Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita — The Karate Kid {“Miyagi”}

* Haing S. Ngor — The Killing Fields {“Dith Pran”}

Ralph Richardson — Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes {“The Sixth Earl of Greystoke”}


Judy Davis — A Passage to India {“Adela Quested”}

* Sally Field — Places in the Heart {“Edna Spalding”}

Jessica Lange — Country {“Jewell Ivy”}

Vanessa Redgrave — The Bostonians {“Olive Chancellor”}

Sissy Spacek — The River {“Mae Garvey”}


* Peggy Ashcroft — A Passage to India {“Mrs. Moore”}

Glenn Close — The Natural {“Iris”}

Lindsay Crouse — Places in the Heart {“Margaret Lomax”}

Christine Lahti — Swing Shift {“Hazel Zanussi”}

Geraldine Page — The Pope of Greenwich Village {“Mrs. Ritter”}

* Amadeus — Milos Forman

Broadway Danny Rose — Woody Allen

The Killing Fields — Roland Joffé

A Passage to India — David Lean

Places in the Heart — Robert Benton


* Amadeus — Saul Zaentz, Producer

The Killing Fields — David Puttnam, Producer

A Passage to India — John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin, Producers

Places in the Heart — Arlene Donovan, Producer

A Soldier’s Story — Norman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary and Patrick Palmer, Producers

1985 (58th)

Harrison Ford — Witness {“John Book”}

James Garner — Murphy’s Romance {“Murphy Jones”}

* William Hurt — Kiss of the Spider Woman {“Luis Molina”}

Jack Nicholson — Prizzi’s Honor {“Charley Partanna”}

Jon Voight — Runaway Train {“Manny”}


* Don Ameche — Cocoon {“Art Selwyn”}

Klaus Maria Brandauer — Out of Africa {“Bror”}

William Hickey — Prizzi’s Honor {“Don Corrado Prizzi”}

Robert Loggia — Jagged Edge {“Sam Ransom”}

Eric Roberts — Runaway Train {“Buck”}


Anne Bancroft — Agnes of God {“Sister Miriam Ruth”}

Whoopi Goldberg — The Color Purple {“Celie”}

Jessica Lange — Sweet Dreams {“Patsy Cline”}

* Geraldine Page — The Trip to Bountiful {“Mrs. Watts”}

Meryl Streep — Out of Africa {“Karen”}


Margaret Avery — The Color Purple {“Shug Avery”}

* Anjelica Huston — Prizzi’s Honor {“Maerose Prizzi”}

Amy Madigan — Twice in a Lifetime {“Sunny Sobel”}

Meg Tilly — Agnes of God {“Sister Agnes”}

Oprah Winfrey — The Color Purple {“Sofia”}


Kiss of the Spider Woman — Hector Babenco

* Out of Africa — Sydney Pollack

Prizzi’s Honor — John Huston

Ran — Akira Kurosawa

Witness — Peter Weir


The Color Purple — Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Quincy Jones, Producers

Kiss of the Spider Woman — David Weisman, Producer

* Out of Africa — Sydney Pollack, Producer

Prizzi’s Honor — John Foreman, Producer

Witness — Edward S. Feldman, Producer

1986 (59th)

Dexter Gordon — ‘Round Midnight {“Dale Turner”}

Bob Hoskins — Mona Lisa {“George”}

William Hurt — Children of a Lesser God {“James”}

* Paul Newman — The Color of Money {“Eddie Felson”}

James Woods — Salvador {“Richard Boyle”}


Tom Berenger — Platoon {“Sgt. Barnes”}

* Michael Caine — Hannah and Her Sisters {“Elliot”}

Willem Dafoe — Platoon {“Sgt. Elias”}

Denholm Elliott — A Room with a View {“Mr. Emerson”}

Dennis Hopper — Hoosiers {“Shooter”}


Jane Fonda — The Morning After {“Alex Sternbergen”}

* Marlee Matlin — Children of a Lesser God {“Sarah”}

Sissy Spacek — Crimes of the Heart {“Babe Magrath”}

Kathleen Turner — Peggy Sue Got Married {“Peggy Sue”}

Sigourney Weaver — Aliens {“Ripley”}


Tess Harper — Crimes of the Heart {“Chick Boyle”}

Piper Laurie — Children of a Lesser God {“Mrs. Norman”}

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio — The Color of Money {“Carmen”}

Maggie Smith — A Room with a View {“Charlotte Bartlett”}

* Dianne Wiest — Hannah and Her Sisters {“Holly”}


Blue Velvet — David Lynch

Hannah and Her Sisters — Woody Allen

The Mission — Roland Joffé

* Platoon — Oliver Stone

A Room with a View — James Ivory


Children of a Lesser God — Burt Sugarman and Patrick Palmer, Producers

Hannah and Her Sisters — Robert Greenhut, Producer

The Mission — Fernando Ghia and David Puttnam, Producers

* Platoon — Arnold Kopelson, Producer

A Room with a View — Ismail Merchant, Producer

1987 (60th)

* Michael Douglas — Wall Street {“Gordon Gekko”}

William Hurt — Broadcast News {“Tom Grunick”}

Marcello Mastroianni — Dark Eyes {“Romano”}

Jack Nicholson — Ironweed {“Francis Phelan”}

Robin Williams — Good Morning, Vietnam {“Adrian Cronauer”}


Albert Brooks — Broadcast News {“Aaron Altman”}

* Sean Connery — The Untouchables {“Jim Malone”}

Morgan Freeman — Street Smart {“Fast Black”}

Vincent Gardenia — Moonstruck {“Cosmo Castorini”}

Denzel Washington — Cry Freedom {“Steve Biko”}


* Cher — Moonstruck {“Loretta Castorini”}

Glenn Close — Fatal Attraction {“Alex Forrest”}

Holly Hunter — Broadcast News {“Jane Craig”}

Sally Kirkland — Anna {“Anna”}

Meryl Streep — Ironweed {“Helen”}


Norma Aleandro — Gaby – A True Story {“Florencia”}

Anne Archer — Fatal Attraction {“Beth Gallagher”}

* Olympia Dukakis — Moonstruck {“Rose Castorini”}

Anne Ramsey — Throw Momma from the Train {“Momma”}

Ann Sothern — The Whales of August {“Tisha Doughty”}


Fatal Attraction — Adrian Lyne

Hope and Glory — John Boorman

* The Last Emperor — Bernardo Bertolucci

Moonstruck — Norman Jewison

My Life as a Dog — Lasse Hallström


Broadcast News — James L. Brooks, Producer

Fatal Attraction — Stanley R. Jaffe and Sherry Lansing, Producers

Hope and Glory — John Boorman, Producer

* The Last Emperor — Jeremy Thomas, Producer

Moonstruck — Patrick Palmer and Norman Jewison, Producers

1988 (61st)

Gene Hackman — Mississippi Burning {“Anderson”}

Tom Hanks — Big {“Josh”}

* Dustin Hoffman — Rain Man {“Raymond Babbitt”}

Edward James Olmos — Stand and Deliver {“Jaime Escalante”}

Max Von Sydow — Pelle the Conqueror {“Lasse Karlsson”}


Alec Guinness — Little Dorrit {“William Dorrit”}

* Kevin Kline — A Fish Called Wanda {“Otto”}

Martin Landau — Tucker The Man and His Dream {“Abe”}

River Phoenix — Running on Empty {“Danny Pope”}

Dean Stockwell — Married to the Mob {“Tony ‘the Tiger’ Russo”}


Glenn Close — Dangerous Liaisons {“Marquise de Merteuil”}

* Jodie Foster — The Accused {“Sarah Tobias”}

Melanie Griffith — Working Girl {“Tess McGill”}

Meryl Streep — A Cry in the Dark {“Lindy”}

Sigourney Weaver — Gorillas in the Mist {“Dian Fossey”}


Joan Cusack — Working Girl {“Cyn”}

* Geena Davis — The Accidental Tourist {“Muriel”}

Frances McDormand — Mississippi Burning {“Mrs. Pell”}

Michelle Pfeiffer — Dangerous Liaisons {“Madame de Tourvel”}

Sigourney Weaver — Working Girl {“Katharine Parker”}


A Fish Called Wanda — Charles Crichton

The Last Temptation of Christ — Martin Scorsese

Mississippi Burning — Alan Parker

* Rain Man — Barry Levinson

Working Girl — Mike Nichols


The Accidental Tourist — Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun and Michael Grillo, Producers

Dangerous Liaisons — Norma Heyman and Hank Moonjean, Producers

Mississippi Burning — Frederick Zollo and Robert F. Colesberry, Producers

* Rain Man — Mark Johnson, Producer

Working Girl — Douglas Wick, Producer

1989 (62nd)

Kenneth Branagh — Henry V {“Henry V”}

Tom Cruise — Born on the Fourth of July {“Ron Kovic”}

* Daniel Day Lewis — My Left Foot {“Christy Brown”}

Morgan Freeman — Driving Miss Daisy {“Hoke Colburn”}

Robin Williams — Dead Poets Society {“John Keating”}


Danny Aiello — Do the Right Thing {“Sal”}

Dan Aykroyd — Driving Miss Daisy {“Boolie Werthan”}

Marlon Brando — A Dry White Season {“McKenzie”}

Martin Landau — Crimes and Misdemeanors {“Judah Rosenthal”}

* Denzel Washington — Glory {“Trip”}


Isabelle Adjani — Camille Claudel {“Camille Claudel”}

Pauline Collins — Shirley Valentine {“Shirley Valentine”}

Jessica Lange — Music Box {“Ann Talbot”}

Michelle Pfeiffer — The Fabulous Baker Boys {“Susie Diamond”}

* Jessica Tandy — Driving Miss Daisy {“Daisy Werthan”}


* Brenda Fricker — My Left Foot {“Mrs. Brown”}

Anjelica Huston — Enemies, A Love Story {“Tamara”}

Lena Olin — Enemies, A Love Story {“Masha”}

Julia Roberts — Steel Magnolias {“Shelby Eatenton”}

Dianne Wiest — Parenthood {“Helen”}


* Born on the Fourth of July — Oliver Stone

Crimes and Misdemeanors — Woody Allen

Dead Poets Society — Peter Weir

Henry V — Kenneth Branagh

My Left Foot — Jim Sheridan


Born on the Fourth of July — A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone, Producers

Dead Poets Society — Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, Producers

* Driving Miss Daisy — Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck, Producers

Field of Dreams — Lawrence Gordon and Charles Gordon, Producers

My Left Foot — Noel Pearson, Producer

1990 (63rd)

Kevin Costner — Dances With Wolves {“Lieutenant Dunbar”}

Robert De Niro — Awakenings {“Leonard Lowe”}

Gerard Depardieu — Cyrano de Bergerac {“Cyrano de Bergerac”}

Richard Harris — The Field {“Bull McCabe”}

* Jeremy Irons — Reversal of Fortune {“Claus Von Bulow”}


Bruce Davison — Longtime Companion {“David”}

Andy Garcia — The Godfather, Part III {“Vincent Mancini”}

Graham Greene — Dances With Wolves {“Kicking Bird”}

Al Pacino — Dick Tracy {“Big Boy Caprice”}
* Joe Pesci — Good Fellas {“Tommy DeVito”}

* Kathy Bates — Misery {“Annie Wilkes”}

Anjelica Huston — The Grifters {“Lilly Dillon”}

Julia Roberts — Pretty Woman {“Vivian Ward”}

Meryl Streep — Postcards from the Edge {“Suzanne Vale”}

Joanne Woodward — Mr. & Mrs. Bridge {“India Bridge”}


Annette Bening — The Grifters {“Myra Langtry”}

Lorraine Bracco — Good Fellas {“Karen Hill”}

* Whoopi Goldberg — Ghost {“Oda Mae Brown”}

Diane Ladd — Wild at Heart {“Marietta Fortune”}

Mary McDonnell — Dances With Wolves {“Stands With A Fist”}

* Dances With Wolves — Kevin Costner

The Godfather, Part III — Francis Ford Coppola

Good Fellas — Martin Scorsese

The Grifters — Stephen Frears

Reversal of Fortune — Barbet Schroeder


Awakenings — Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker, Producers

* Dances With Wolves — Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner, Producers

Ghost — Lisa Weinstein, Producer

The Godfather, Part III — Francis Ford Coppola, Producer

Good Fellas — Irwin Winkler, Producer

‘Poltergeist’ star, Zelda Rubinstein dies

“This House is Clean”

Actress Zelda Rubinstein has died yesterday after complications from a heart attack suffered a couple of months ago. She is best known for playing Tangina Barrons, the psychic called in to exorcise the demons from the house in ‘Poltergeist’. She stood at only 4’3″, and had a child-like voice, but commanded a great screen presence. She also reprized her ‘Poltergeist’ character in all of it’s sequels.

According to the NY Daily News, Rubinstein was an AIDS and little people advocate. She contributed to TV awareness ads about AIDS and demanded better treatment of little people in the entertainment industry.