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Academy Awards for 1984

By Patrick Mondout

The 57th Annual Academy Awards were hosted by Jack Lemmon on March 25, 1985 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles) and broadcast live on ABC.  Amadeus was the big winner with 11 nominations and 8 wins, including Best Picture.

Note: All nominees are listed and Oscar winner! denotes the Oscar winner.
 
BEST PICTURE
Oscar winner! Amadeus, Saul Zaentz, producer
  A Passage to India, John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin, producer
  A Soldier's Story, Norman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary and Patrick Palmer, producers
  The Killing Fields, David Puttnam, producer
  Places in the Heart, Arlene Donovan, producer
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
  Judy Davis, A Passage to India
Vanessa Redgrave, The Bostonians
  Jessica Lange, Country
Oscar winner! Sally Field, Places in the Heart
Sissy Spacek, The River
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Oscar winner! F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus
  Tom Hulce, Amadeus
  Sam Waterston, The Killing Fields
  Jeff Bridges, Starman
  Albert Finney, Under the Volcano
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Oscar winner! Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India
  Glenn Close, The Natural
  Lindsay Crouse, Places in the Heart
  Geraldine Page, The Pope of Greenwich Village
  Christine Lahti, Swing Shift
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Adolph Caesar, A Soldier's Story
  Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, The Karate Kid
Oscar winner! Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields
  Ralph Richardson, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
  John Malkovich, Places in the Heart
 
BEST DIRECTOR
Oscar winner! Milos Forman, Amadeus
  David Lean, A Passage to India
  Woody Allen, Broadway Danny Rose
  Roland Joffe, The Killing Fields
  Robert Benton, Places in the Heart
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN)
  Daniel Petrie, Jr., screenplay; Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie, Jr., story, Beverly Hills Cop
  Woody Allen, Broadway Danny Rose
  Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas, El Norte
Oscar winner! Robert Benton, Places in the Heart
  Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman, screenplay; Bruce Jay Friedman; screen story, Splash
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM)
Oscar winner! Peter Shaffer, Amadeus
  David Lean, A Passage to India
  Charles Fuller, A Soldier's Story
  Bruce Robinson, The Killing Fields
  P.H. Vazak and Michael Austin, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  Miroslav Ondricek, Amadeus
  Ernest Day, A Passage to India
Oscar winner! Chris Menges, The Killing Fields
  Caleb Deschanel, The Natural
  Vilmos Zsigmond, The River
 
BEST FILM EDITING
  Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler, Amadeus
  David Lean, A Passage to India
  Barry Malkin and Robert Q. Lovett, The Cotton Club
Oscar winner! Jim Clark, The Killing Fields
  Donn Cambern and Frank Morriss, Romancing the Stone
 
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DIRECTION
Oscar winner! Patrizia Von Brandenstein, art direction; Karel Cerny, set decoration, Amadeus
  John Box and Leslie Tomkins, art direction; Hugh Scaife, set decoration, A Passage to India
  Natural Richard Sylbert, art direction; George Gaines and Les Bloom, set decoration, The Cotton Club
  Angelo Graham and Mel Bourne, James J. Murakami and Speed Hopkins, art direction; Bruch Weintraub, set decoration, The Natural
  Albert Brenner, art direction; Rick Simpson, set decoration, 2010
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Oscar winner! Theodor Pistek, Amadeus
  Judy Moorcroft, A Passage to India
  Jenny Beavan and John Bright, The Bostonians
  Ann Roth, Places in the Heart
  Patricia Norris, 2010
 
BEST SOUND
Oscar winner! Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Todd Boekelheide and Chris Newman, Amadeus
  Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Michael A. Carter and John Mitchell, A Passage to India
  Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Kevin O'Connell and Nelson Stoll, Dune
  Nick Alphin, Robert Thirwell, Richard Portman and David Ronne, The River
  Michael J. Kohut, Aaron Rochin, Carlos De Larios and Gene S. Cantamessa, 2010
 
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  Richard Edlund, John Bruno, Mark Vargo and Chuck Gasper, Ghostbusters
Oscar winner! Dennis Muren, Michael McAlister, Lorne Peterson and George Gibbs, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  Richard Edlund, Neil Krepela, George Jenson and Mark Stetson, 2010
 
BEST MAKEUP
Oscar winner! Paul LeBlanc and Dick Smith, Amadeus
  Rick Baker and Paul Engelen, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
  Michael Westmore, 2010
 
BEST SOUND (ORIGINAL SONG)
  “Against All Odds” (Take a Look at Me Now), Against All Odds, Phil Collins, music and lyrics
  “Footloose,” Footloose, Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford, music and lyrics
  “Let's Hear It for the Boy,” Footloose, Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow, music and lyrics
  “Ghostbusters,” Ghostbusters, Ray Parker, Jr., music and lyrics
Oscar winner! “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” The Woman in Red, Stevie Wonder, music and lyrics
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG SCORE)
  Jeffrey Moss, The Muppets Take Manhattan
Oscar winner! Prince, Purple Rain
  Kris Kristofferson, Songwriter
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Oscar winner! Maurice Jarre, A Passage to India
  John Williams, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  Randy Newman, The Natural
  John Williams, The River
  Alex North, Under the Volcano
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (ANIMATED)
Oscar winner! Charade (Jon Minnis, producer; Sheridan College Production)
  Doctor De Soto (Morton Schindel and Michael Sporn, producers; Michael Sporn Animation, Inc.)
  Paradise (Ishu Patel, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION)
  The Painted Door (Atlantis Films Ltd. in association with the National Film Board of Canada)
  Tales of Meeting and Parting (Sharon Oreck and Lesli Linka Glatter, producers; American Film Institute—Directing Workshop for Women)
Oscar winner! Up (Mike Hoover, producer; Pyramid Films)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECTS)
  The Children of Soong Ching Ling (Gary Bush and Paul T.K. Lin, producers; UNICEF and the Soong Ching Ling
Foundation)
  Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing (Ben Achtenberg and Joan Sawyer, producers; The Nursing Ethics Project/Fanlight Productions)
  The Garden of Eden (Lawrence R. Hott and Roger M. Sherman, producers; Florentine Films Production)
  Recollections of Pavlovsk (Irina Kalinina, producer; Leningrad Documentary Film Studio)
Oscar winner! The Stone Carvers (Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner, producers, Paul Wagner Productions)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURES)
  High Schools (Charles Guggenheim and Nancy Sloss, producers; Guggenheim Productions)
  In the Name of the People (Alex W. Drehsler and Frank Christopher, producers; Pan American Films)
  Marlene (Zev Braun Pictures, Inc.; OKO Film Produktion)
  Streetwise (Cheryl McCall, producer; Bear Creek Productions, Inc.)
Oscar winner! The Times of Harvey Milk (Robert Epstein and Richard Schmiechen, producers; Black Sand Educational Productions, Inc.)
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  Beyond the Walls, Israel
  Camila, Argentina
Oscar winner! Dangerous Moves, Switzerland
  Double Feature, Spain
  Wartime Romance, U.S.S.R.

Other Awards

Kay Rose won a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing for her work on The River. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to David L. Wolper. Honorary Awards were given to James Stewart for "50 years of memorable performances and for his high ideals, both on and off the screen, with the respect and affection of his colleagues" and to the National Endowment for the Arts "in recognition of its 20th anniversary and its dedication to fostering artistic and creative activity and excellence in every area of the arts."

Scientific Awards

Donald A. Anderson (Sound)
Ruben Avila (Sound)
Gary Demos (Special Photographic)
Digital Productions, Incorporated (Special Photographic)
Film Processing Corporation (Sound)
Wes Kennedy (Sound)
John Mosely (Sound)
Diana Reiners (Sound)
Kenneth Richter (Lenses and Filters)
Richter Cine Equipment (Lenses and Filters)
Rosco Laboratories, Incorporated (Stage Operations)
Gunther Schaidt (Stage Operations)
Barry M. Stultz (Sound)
3M Company (Sound)
John Whitney Jr. (Special Photographic)
Apogee, Incorporated (Special Photographic)
Robert Bealmear (Special Photographic)
Paul Burk (Special Photographic)
Jonathan Erland (Special Photographic)
Stephen Fog (Special Photographic)
Howard J. Preston (Camera)
Preston Cinema Systems (Camera)
Nat Tiffen (Lenses and Filters)
Tiffen Manufacturing Corporation (Lenses and Filters)
Donald Trumbull (Special Photographic) 

 

FILM FACTS

Best Picture: Amadeus

What: 57th Annual Academy Awards

Date: March 25, 1985

Host: Jack Lemmon

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles)

Network: ABC


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