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Academy Awards: 1984-1986

56th Academy Awards

The 56th Academy Awards were presented April 9, 1984. Johnny Carson was once again the host.

The Best Supporting Actress winner this year was unique. 4′ 9″ Linda Hunt (Now on NCIS: Los Angeles) won the award for her role as Billy Kwan – a male Chinese-Australian photographer – in Peter Weir’s The Year of Living Dangerously, making her the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex.

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

Best Picture

Winner: Terms of Endearment

The Big Chill
The Dresser
The Right Stuff
Tender Mercies

Best Director

Winner: James L. Brooks – Terms of Endearment

Peter Yates – The Dresser
Ingmar Bergman – Fanny and Alexander
Mike Nichols – Silkwood
Bruce Beresford – Tender Mercies

Best Actor

Winner: Robert Duvall – Tender Mercies

Michael Caine – Educating Rita
Tom Conti – Reuben, Reuben
Tom Courtenay – The Dresser
Albert Finney – The Dresser

Best Actress

Winner: Shirley MacLaine – Terms of Endearment

Jane Alexander – Testament
Meryl Streep – Silkwood
Julie Walters – Educating Rita
Debra Winger – Terms of Endearment

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Jack Nicholson – Terms of Endearment

Charles Durning – To Be or Not to Be
John Lithgow – Terms of Endearment
Sam Shepard – The Right Stuff
Rip Torn – Cross Creek

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Linda Hunt – The Year of Living Dangerously

Cher – Silkwood
Glenn Close – The Big Chill
Amy Irving – Yentl
Alfre Woodard – Cross Creek

57th Academy Awards

The 57th Academy Awards were presented March 25, 1985. Jack Lemmon was the host.

This ceremony is best-remembered for perhaps the most quoted and famous Academy Award acceptance speech ever. Upon winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Places in the Heart, Sally Field exclaimed, “The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!” (often misquoted as “you really like me!”)

The winner of Best Supporting Actor was also significant. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian surgeon who survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, won the award for his performance as Dith Pran in Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields, despite having no previous acting experience. Ngor and Harold Russell are the only two non-professional actors to win Academy Awards for acting.

77 year-old Peggy Ashcroft won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in A Passage to India, making her the oldest winner in that category.

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

Best Picture

Winner: Amadeus

The Killing Fields
A Passage to India
Places in the Heart
A Soldier’s Story

Best Director

Winner: Milos Forman – Amadeus

Woody Allen – Broadway Danny Rose
Robert Benton – Places in the Heart
Roland Joffe – The Killing Fields
David Lean – A Passage to India

Best Actor

Winner: F. Murray Abraham – Amadeus

Jeff Bridges – Starman
Albert Finney – Under the Volcano
Tom Hulce – Amadeus
Sam Waterston – The Killing Fields

Best Actress

Winner: Sally Field – Places in the Heart

Judy Davis – A Passage to India
Jessica Lange – Country
Vanessa Redgrave – The Bostonians
Sissy Spacek – The River

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Haing S. Ngor – The Killing Fields

Adolph Caesar – A Soldier’s Story
John Malkovich – Places in the Heart
Noriyuki Pat Morita – The Karate Kid
Ralph Richardson – Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Peggy Ashcroft – A Passage to India

Glenn Close – The Natural
Lindsay Crouse – Places in the Heart
Christine Lahti – Swing Shift
Geraldine Page – The Pope of Greenwich Village

58th Academy Awards

The 58th Academy Awards were held on March 24, 1986. They were hosted by Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams. The ceremony was watched by 38.93 million viewers, tying the 78th Academy Awards as the third-lowest rated telecast since 1966. The 80th Academy Awards still holds the distinction of the least watched ceremony of 31.76 million.

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

Best Picture

Winner: Out of Africa

The Color Purple
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Prizzi’s Honor

Best Director

Winner: Sydney Pollack – Out of Africa

Hector Babenco – Kiss of the Spider Woman
John Huston – Prizzi’s Honor
Akira Kurosawa – Ran
Peter Weir – Witness

Best Actor

Winner: William Hurt – Kiss of the Spider Woman

Harrison Ford – Witness
James Garner – Murphy’s Romance
Jack Nicholson – Prizzi’s Honor
Jon Voight – Runaway Train

Best Actress

Winner: Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful

Anne Bancroft – Agnes of God
Whoopi Goldberg – The Color Purple
Jessica Lange – Sweet Dreams
Meryl Streep – Out of Africa

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Don Ameche – Cocoon

Klaus Maria Brandauer – Out of Africa
William Hickey – Prizzi’s Honor
Robert Loggia – Jagged Edge
Eric Roberts – Runaway Train

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Anjelica Huston – Prizzi’s Honor

Margaret Avery – The Color Purple
Amy Madigan – Twice in a Lifetime
Meg Tilly – Agnes of God
Oprah Winfrey – The Color Purple

Academy Awards: 1981-1983

53rd Academy Awards

The 53rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1980, were presented March 31, 1981. The ceremony was originally scheduled for the previous day, but was postponed due to the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
Johnny Carson was the host. The year’s winner of acting categories marked the closest age span between the four winners, all of whom were under 40 when they won the award. Robert De Niro was aged 37 when awarded Best Actor, Sissy Spacek was aged 31 when awarded Best Actress, Timothy Hutton was aged 20 when awarded Best Supporting Actor, and Mary Steenburgen was aged 28 when awarded Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Hutton was the youngest ever Best Supporting Actor winner.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Eva Le Gallienne was born in 1899, which made her the last acting nomination to ever happen at the Oscars for someone born in the 19th century.

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

Best Picture

Winner: Ordinary People

Coal Miner’s Daughter
The Elephant Man
Raging Bull

Best Director

Winner: Robert Redford – Ordinary People

David Lynch – The Elephant Man
Martin Scorsese – Raging Bull
Richard Rush – The Stunt Man
Roman Polanski – Tess

Best Actor

Winner: Robert De Niro – Raging Bull

Robert Duvall – The Great Santini
John Hurt – The Elephant Man
Jack Lemmon – Tribute
Peter O’Toole – The Stunt Man

Best Actress

Winner: Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter

Ellen Burstyn – Resurrection
Goldie Hawn – Private Benjamin
Mary Tyler Moore – Ordinary People
Gena Rowlands – Gloria

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Timothy Hutton – Ordinary People

Judd Hirsch – Ordinary People
Jason Robards – Melvin and Howard
Michael O’Keefe – The Great Santini
Joe Pesci – Raging Bull

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Mary Steenburgen – Melvin and Howard

Eileen Brennan – Private Benjamin
Eva Le Gallienne – Resurrection
Cathy Moriarty – Raging Bull
Diana Scarwid – Inside Moves

54th Academy Awards

The 54th Academy Awards were presented March 29, 1982. The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson.

Chariots of Fire was the surprise winner (Reds was the favored nominee) of the Best Picture Oscar this year. It was the first time in 13 years that a British film won the Academy’s top honor. Next year’s winner, Gandhi, was also a British production.

Henry Fonda won his only competitive Oscar this year, as Best Actor for On Golden Pond. At 76 years of age, Fonda became the oldest winner in the Best Actor category in Academy history. The only other nomination he received in his career was Best Actor for his performance in The Grapes of Wrath 41 years ago – a record gap between acting nominations. His co-star, Katharine Hepburn, won her fourth Best Actress award that year, making it the most amount of Best Actress wins by any actress.

This year’s nominations also marked for the very first time that there’s three different films to be nominated for the “Top Five” Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay. The three films were On Golden Pond, Atlantic City and Reds. However, none of them winning the Best Picture prize, losing to Chariots of Fire. This also marked the first year that the award for Best Makeup was presented; the winner was Rick Baker for his work on An American Werewolf in London.

This year was the last year till the 2005 Oscars where all 5 picture nominations were also nominated for best director.

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

Best Picture

Winner: Chariots of Fire

Atlantic City

On Golden Pond

Raiders of the Lost Ark


Best Director

Winner: Warren Beatty – Reds

Louis Malle – Atlantic City
Hugh Hudson – Chariots of Fire
Mark Rydell – On Golden Pond
Steven Spielberg – Raiders of the Lost Ark

Best Actor

Winner: Henry Fonda – On Golden Pond

Warren Beatty – Reds
Burt Lancaster – Atlantic City
Dudley Moore – Arthur
Paul Newman – Absence of Malice

Best Actress

Winner: Katharine Hepburn – On Golden Pond

Diane Keaton – Reds
Marsha Mason – Only When I Laugh
Susan Sarandon – Atlantic City
Meryl Streep – The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: John Gielgud – Arthur

James Coco – Only When I Laugh
Ian Holm – Chariots of Fire
Jack Nicholson – Reds
Howard E. Rollins, Jr. – Ragtime

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Maureen Stapleton – Reds

Melinda Dillon – Absence of Malice
Jane Fonda – On Golden Pond
Joan Hackett – Only When I Laugh
Elizabeth McGovern – Ragtime

55th Academy Awards

The 55th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1983. The ceremonies were presided over by Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau.

Louis Gossett, Jr. became the first African-American actor to win Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the tough and principled drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman.

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

Best Picture

Winner: Gandhi

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
The Verdict

Best Director

Winner: Richard Attenborough – Gandhi

Wolfgang Petersen – Das Boot
Steven Spielberg – E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Sydney Pollack – Tootsie
Sidney Lumet – The Verdict

Best Actor

Winner: Ben Kingsley – Gandhi

Dustin Hoffman – Tootsie
Jack Lemmon – Missing
Paul Newman – The Verdict
Peter O’Toole – My Favorite Year

Best Actress

Winner: Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice

Julie Andrews – Victor/Victoria
Jessica Lange – Frances
Sissy Spacek – Missing
Debra Winger – An Officer and a Gentleman

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Louis Gossett, Jr. – An Officer and a Gentleman

Charles Durning – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
James Mason – The Verdict
Robert Preston – Victor/Victoria
John Lithgow – The World According to Garp

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Jessica Lange – Tootsie

Kim Stanley – Frances
Teri Garr – Tootsie
Lesley Ann Warren – Victor/Victoria
Glenn Close – The World According to Garp

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