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Academy Awards for 1982

By Patrick Mondout

The 55th Annual Academy Awards were hosted by Walter Matthau, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore and Richard Pryor on April 11, 1983 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles) and broadcast live on ABC.

Getting arrested the night you receive an Oscar may seem like the chic Hollywood thing to do, but it was Polish director's Zbigniew Rybczynski limited English and impatient foot that got him busted. After talking to the press about winning the Best Animated Short Film award, the future award-winning music video director went outside the Dorothy Pavilion for a cigarette. When he tried to return, he found his entry blocked by a rent-a-cop who didn't recognize the new Oscar winning Eastern European director (then again, who did?). "I have Oscar!", Rybczynski repeated in broken English to the unimpressed security guard. Frustrated, he kicked him and the resulting scuffle resulted in his arrest.

The incarcerated Oscar winner called the only lawyer whose name he could recall - celebrity divorce specialist Marvin Mitchelson (Lee Marvin vs. Michelle Triola). Charges were dropped and "Zbignieswski Sky", as a confused Kristol McNichol called him when reading the nominees, was once again a free man. He quipped "success and defeat are quite intertwined" before settling with his family in New York.

Note: All nominees are listed and Oscar winner! denotes the Oscar winner.
 
BEST PICTURE
  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, producers
Oscar winner! 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
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Debra Winger, An Officer and a Gentleman
Jessica Lange, Frances
  Sissy Spacek, Missing
Oscar winner! Meryl Streep, Sophie's Choice
Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Oscar winner! Ben Kingsley, Gandhi
  Jack Lemmon, Missing
  Peter O'Toole, My Favorite Year
  Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie
  Paul Newman, The Verdict
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Kim Stanley, Frances
  Teri Garr, Tootsie
Oscar winner! Jessica Lange, Tootsie
  Lesley Ann Warren, Victor/Victoria
  Glenn Close, The World According to Garp
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Oscar 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 DIRECTOR
  Wolfgang Petersen, Das Boot
  Steven Spielberg, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Oscar winner! Richard Attenborough, Gandhi
  Sidney Lumet, The Verdict
  Sidney Pollack, Tootsie
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN)
  Douglas Day Stewart, An Officer and a Gentleman
  Barry Levinson, Diner
  Melissa Mathison, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Oscar winner! John Briley, Gandhi
  Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal, screenplay; Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart, story, Tootsie
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM)
  Wolfgang Petersen, Das Boot
Oscar winner! Constantin Costa-Gavras and Donald Stewart, Missing
  David Mamet, The Verdict
  Blake Edwards, Victor/Victoria
  Alan J. Pakula, Sophie's Choice
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  Jost Vacano, Das Boot
  Allen Daviau, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Oscar winner! Billy Williams and Ronnie Taylor, Gandhi
  Nestor Almendros, Sophie's Choice
  Owen Roizman, Tootsie
 
BEST FILM EDITING
  Peter Zinner, An Officer and a Gentleman
  Hannes Nikel, Das Boot
  Carol Littleton, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Oscar winner! John Bloom, Gandhi
  Fredric Steinkamp and William Steinkamp, Tootsie
 
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DIRECTION
  Dale Hennesy, art direction; Marvin March, set decoration, Annie
  Lawrence G. Paull and David L. Snyder, art direction; Linda DeScenna, set decoration, Blade Runner
Oscar winner! Stuart Craig and Bob Laing, art direction; Michael Seirton, set decoration, Gandhi
  Franco Zeffirelli, art direction; Gianni Quaranta, set decoration, La Traviata
  Rodger Maus, Tim Hutchinson and William Craig Smith, art direction; Harry Cordwell, set decoration, Victor/Victoria
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Oscar winner! John Mollo and Bhanu Athaiya, Gandhi
  Albert Wolsky, Sophie's Choice
  Piero Tosi, La Traviata
  Elois Jenssen and Rosanna Norton, Tron
  Patricia Norris, Victor/Victoria
 
BEST SOUND
  Milan Bor, Trevor Pyke and Mike Le-Mare, Das Boot
Oscar winner! Buzz Knudson, Robert Glass, Don Digirolamo and Gene Cantamessa, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  Gerry Humphreys, Robin O'Donoghue, Jonathan Bates and Simon Kaye, Gandhi
  Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander and Les Lazarowitz, Tootsie
  Michael Minkler, Bob Minkler, Lee Minkler and Jim La Rue, Tron
 
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer, Blade Runner
Oscar winner! Carlo Rambaldi, Dennis Murren and Kenneth F. Smith, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  Richard Edlund, Michael Wood and Bruce Nicholson, Poltergeist
 
BEST MAKEUP
  Tom Smith, Gandhi
Oscar winner! Sarah Monzani and Michèle Burke, Quest for Fire
 
BEST SOUND (ORIGINAL SONG)
Oscar winner! “Up Where We Belong,” An Officer and a Gentleman, Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie, music; Will Jennings, lyrics
  “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?,” Best Friends, Michel Legrand, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
  “Eye of the Tiger,” Rocky III, Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan III, music and lyrics
  “It Might Be You,” Tootsie, Dave Grusin, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
  “If We Were in Love,” Yes, Giorgio, John Williams, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE & ITS ADAPTATION OR ADAPTATION SCORE)
  Ralph Burns, Annie
  Tom Waits, One From the Heart
Oscar winner! Leslie Bricusse and Henry Mancini, Victor/Victoria
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
  Jack Nitzsche, An Officer and a Gentleman
Oscar winner! John Williams, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  Ravi Shankar and George Fenton, Gandhi
  Jerry Goldsmith, Poltergeist
  Marvin Hamlisch, Sophie's Choice
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (ANIMATED)
  The Great Cognito (Will Vinton, producer; Will Vinton Productions)
  The Snowman (John Coates, producer; Snowman Enterprises Ltd.)
Oscar winner! Tango (Zbigniew Rybczynski, producer; Film Polski Production)
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION)
Oscar winner! A Shocking Accident (Christine Oestreicher, producer; Flamingo Pictures, Ltd.)
  Ballet Robotique (Bob Rogers, producer; Bob Rogers and Co.)
  The Silence (Michael Toshiyuki Uno and Joseph Benson, producers; American Film Institute)
  Split Cherry Tree (Jan Saunders, producer; Learning Corporation of America)
  Sredni Vashtar (Andrew Birkin, producer; Laurentic Film Productions, Ltd.)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECTS)
  Gods of Metal (Robert Richter, producer; Richter Productions)
Oscar winner! If You Love This Planet (Edward Le Lorrain and Terri Nash, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America (Charles Guggenheim and Werner Schumann, producers; Guggenheim Productions, Inc.)
  To Live or Let Die (Freida Lee Mock, producer; American Film Foundation)
  Traveling Hopefully (John G. Avildsen, producer; Arnuthfonyus Films, Inc.)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURES)
  After the Axe (Sturla Gunnarsson and Steve Lucas, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  A Portrait of Giselle (ABC Video Enterprises, Inc. in association with Wishupon Productions)
  Ben's Mill (John Karol and Michel Chalufour, producers; Public Broadcasting Associates - ODYSSEY)
  In Our Water (Meg Switzgable, producer; Foresight Films Production)
Oscar winner! Just Another Missing Kid (John Zaritsky, producer; Canadian Broadcasting Corp.)
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  Alsino and the Condor, Nicaragua
  Coup de Torchon (Clean Slate), France
  The Flight of the Eagle, Sweden
  Private Life, U.S.S.R.
Oscar winner! Volver a Empezar (To Begin Again), Spain

Other Awards

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to Walter Mirisch while an Honorary Award was presented to Mickey Rooney "for 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances."

Scientific Awards

August Arnold (Camera)
Arnold & Richter, GmbH (Camera)
Erich Kaestner (Camera)
Leonard Chapman (Camera Cranes)
Jacobus L. Dimmers (Sound)
Elemack Italia S.r.l., Rome, Italy (Camera Cranes)
Mitchell Insert Systems, Incorporated (Stage Operations)
Colin F. Mossman (Laboratory)
Brianne Murphy (Stage Operations)
Dr. Mohammad S. Nozari (Laboratory)
Rank Film Laboratories, London, Research and Development Group (Laboratory)
Donald Schisler (Stage Operations)
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (Laboratory)
Salvatore Zelli (Camera Cranes)
Sante Zelli (Camera Cranes)
Associates and Ferren (Stage Operations)
Christie Electric Corporation (Projection)
Richard W. Deats (Camera Cranes)
Carlos DeMattos (Camera Cranes)
Adriaan De Rooy (Camera Cranes)
Egripment (Camera Cranes)
Bran Ferren (Stage Operations)
LaVezzi Machine Works, Incorporated (Projection)
Matthews Studio Equipment, Incorporated (Camera Cranes)
Ed Phillips (Camera Cranes)
Constant Tresfon (Camera Cranes)

 

FILM FACTS

Best Picture: Gandi

What: 55th Annual Academy Awards

Date: April 11, 1983

Host: Walter Matthau, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore and Richard Pryor

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles)

Network: ABC


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