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Academy Awards for 1983

By Patrick Mondout

The 56th Annual Academy Awards were hosted by Johnny Carson on April 9, 1984 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles) and broadcast live on ABC. Terms of Endearment was the big winner with five O's including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing.

Note: All nominees are listed and Oscar winner! denotes the Oscar winner.
 
BEST PICTURE
  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
Oscar winner! Terms of Endearment, James L. Brooks, producer
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
  Julie Walters, Educating Rita
Meryl Streep, Silkwood
Oscar winner! Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
Debra Winger, Terms of Endearment
Jane Alexander, Testament
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
  Tom Courtenay, The Dresser
  Albert Finney, The Dresser
  Michael Caine, Educating Rita
  Tom Conti, Reuben, Reuben
Oscar winner! Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Glenn Close, The Big Chill
  Alfre Woodard, Cross Creek
  Cher, Silkwood
Oscar winner! Linda Hunt, The Year of Living Dangerously
  Amy Irving, Yentl
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Rip Torn, Cross Creek
  Sam Shepard, The Right Stuff
  John Lithgow, Terms of Endearment
Oscar winner! Jack Nicholson, Terms of Endearment
  Charles Durning, To Be or Not to Be
 
BEST DIRECTOR
  Peter Yates, The Dresser
  Ingmar Bergman, Fanny & Alexander
  Mike Nichols, Silkwood
  Bruce Beresford, Tender Mercies
Oscar winner! James L. Brooks, Terms of Endearment
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN)
  Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek, The Big Chill
  Ingmar Bergman, Fanny & Alexander
  Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen, Silkwood
Oscar winner! Horton Foote, Tender Mercies
  Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes, WarGames
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM)
  Harold Pinter, Betrayal
  Ronald Harwood, The Dresser
  Willy Russell, Educating Rita
  Julius J. Epstein, Reuben, Reuben
Oscar winner! James L. Brooks, Terms of Endearment
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Oscar winner! Sven Nykvist, Fanny & Alexander
  Don Peterman, Flashdance
  Caleb Deschanel, The Right Stuff
  William A. Fraker, WarGames
  Gordon Willis, Zelig
 
BEST FILM EDITING
  Frank Morriss and Edward Abroms, Blue Thunder
  Bud Smith and Walt Mulconery, Flashdance
Oscar winner! Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Steward and Tom Rolf, The Right Stuff
  Sam O'Steen, Silkwood
  Richard Marks, Terms of Endearment
 
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DIRECTION
Oscar winner! Anna Asp, art direction and set decoration, Fanny & Alexander
  Norman Reynolds, Fred Hole and James Schoppe, art direction; Michael Ford, set decoration, Return of the Jedi
  Geoffrey Kirkland, Richard J. Lawrence, W. Stewart Campbell and Peter Romero, art direction; Pat Pending and George R. Nelson, set decoration, The Right Stuff
  Polly Platt and Harold Michelson, art direction; Tom Pedigo and Anthony Mondello, set decoration, Terms of Endearment
  Roy Walker and Leslie Tomkins, art direction; Tessa Davies, set decoration, Yentl
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
  Joe I. Tompkins, Cross Creek
Oscar winner! Marik Vos, Fanny & Alexander
  William Ware Theiss, Heart Like a Wheel
  Anne-Marie Marchand, The Return of Martin Guerre
  Santo Loquasto, Zelig
 
BEST SOUND
  Alan R. Splet, Todd Boekelheide, Randy Thom and David Parker, Never Cry Wolf
  Ben Burtt, Gary Summers, Randy Thom and Tony Dawe, Return of the Jedi
Oscar winner! Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Randy Thom and David MacMillan, The Right Stuff
  Donald O. Mitchell, Rick Kline, Kevin O'Connell and Jim Alexander, Terms of Endearment
  Michael J. Kohut, Carlos de Larios, Aaron Rochin and Willie D. Burton, WarGames
 
BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING
  Ben Burtt, Return of the Jedi
Oscar winner! Jay Boekelheide, The Right Stuff
 
BEST SOUND (ORIGINAL SONG)
Oscar winner! “Flashdance . . .What a Feeling,” Flashdance, Giorgio Moroder, music; Keith Forsey and Irene Cara, lyrics
  “Maniac,” Flashdance, Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky, music and lyrics
  “Over You,” Tender Mercies, Austin Roberts and Bobby Hart, music and lyrics
  “Papa, Can You Hear Me?,” Yentl, Michel Legrand, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
  “The Way He Makes Me Feel,” Yentl, Michel Legrand, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG SCORE OR ADAPTATION SCORE)
  Lalo Schifrin, The Sting II
  Elmer Bernstein, Trading Places
Oscar winner! Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Yentl
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
  Leonard Rosenman, Cross Creek
  John Williams, Return of the Jedi
Oscar winner! Bill Conti, The Right Stuff
  Michael Gore, Terms of Endearment
  Jerry Goldsmith, Under Fire
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (ANIMATED)
  Mickey's Christmas Carol (Burny Mattinson, producer; Walt Disney Productions)
  Sound of Sunshine - Sound of Rain (Eda Godel Hallinan, producer; Hallinan Plus! Production)
Oscar winner! Sundae in New York (Jimmy Picker, producer; Motionpicker Productions)
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION)
Oscar winner! Boys and Girls (Janice L. Platt, producer; Atlantis Films Ltd. Production)
  Goodie-Two-Shoes (Timeless Films Production; Paramount)
  Overnight Sensation (Jon N. Bloom, producer; Bloom Film Production)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECTS)
Oscar winner! Flamenco at 5:15 (Cynthia Scott and Adam Symansky, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  In the Nuclear Shadow: What Can the Children Tell Us? (Vivienne Verdon-Roe and Eric Thiermann, producers; Impact Production)
  Sewing Woman (Arthur Dong, producer; DeepFocus Productions)
  Spaces: The Architecture of Paul Rudoph (Robert Eisenhardt, producer; Eisenhardt Productions)
  You Are Free (Ihr Zent Frei) (Dea Brokman and Ilene Landis, producers; Brokman/Landis Production)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURES)
  Children of Darkness (Richard Kotuk and Ara Chekmayan, producers; Children of Darkness Production)
  First Contact (Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson, producers; Arundel Production)
Oscar winner! He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (Emile Ardolino, producer; Edgar J. Scherick Associates Production)
  The Profession of Arms, (War Series Film #3) (Michael Bryan and Tina Viljoen, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  Seeing Red (James Klein and Julia Reichert, producers; Heartland Production)
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  Carmen, Spain
  Entre Nous, France
Oscar winner! Fanny & Alexander, Sweden
  Job's Revolt, Hungary
  Le Bal, Algeria

Other Awards

M. J. Frankovich picked up the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while John G. Fraynewhile was given the Gordon E. Sawyer Award. Hal Roach was rewarded with an Honorary Award "in recognition of his unparalleled record of distinguished contributions to the motion picture art form." A Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects was handed out to Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston and Phil Tippett for their work on Return of the Jedi.

Scientific Awards

Dr. Kurt Larche (Projection)
OSRAM GmbH (Projection)
Apogee, Incorporated (Special Photographic)
Roger Dorney (Special Photographic)
Jonathan Erland (Special Photographic)
Lightflex International Limited (Camera)
Gunnar P. Michelson (Laboratory)
Gerald L. Turpin (Camera)
Jack Cashin (Sound)
David J. Degenkolb (Laboratory)
Elizabeth D. De La Mare (Stage Operations)
Glenn W. De La Mare (Stage Operations)
De La Mare Engineering, Incorporated (Stage Operations)
Douglas Fries (Camera)
William G. Krokaugger (Lighting)
John Lacey (Camera)
Larry L. Langrehr (Laboratory)
Mole-Richardson Company (Lighting)
Michael Sigrist (Camera)
John H. Steiner (Laboratory)
Ultra-Stereo Labs, Incorporated (Sound)
Charles J. Watson (Laboratory)

 

FILM FACTS

Best Picture: Terms of Endearment

What: 56th Annual Academy Awards

Date: April 9, 1984

Host: Johnny Carson

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles)

Network: ABC


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