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Academy Awards for 1989

By Patrick Mondout

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards were hosted by Billy Crystal on March 26, 1990 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles) and broadcast live on ABC.

Note: All nominees are listed and Oscar winner! denotes the Oscar winner.
 
BEST PICTURE
  Born on the Fourth of July, A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone, producers
  Dead Poet's Society, Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, producers
Oscar winner! 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, producers
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
  Isabelle Adjani, Camille Claudel
Oscar winner! Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy
  Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys
Jessica Lange, Music Box
Pauline Collins, Shirley Valentine
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
  Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July
  Robin Williams, Dead Poet's Society
  Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy
  Kenneth Branagh, Henry V
Oscar winner! Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Lena Olin, Enemies, A Love Story
  Anjelica Huston, Enemies, A Love Story
Oscar winner! Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot
  Dianne Wiest, Parenthood
  Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Marlon Brando, A Dry White Season
  Martin Landau, Crimes and Misdemeanors
  Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing
  Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy
Oscar winner! Denzel Washington, Glory
 
BEST DIRECTOR
Oscar winner! Oliver Stone, Born on the Fourth of July
  Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors
  Peter Weir, Dead Poet's Society
  Kenneth Branagh, Henry V
  Jim Sheridan, My Left Foot
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN)
  Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors
Oscar winner! Tom Schulman, Dead Poet's Society
  Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing
  Steven Soderbergh, sex, lies and videotape
  Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally...
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM)
  Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July
Oscar winner! Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy
  Roger L. Simon and Paul Mazursky, Enemies, A Love Story
  Phil Alden Robinson, Field of Dreams
  Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton, My Left Foot
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  Mikael Salomon, The Abyss
  Haskell Wexler, Blaze
  Robert Richardson, Born on the Fourth of July
  Michael Ballhaus, The Fabulous Baker Boys
Oscar winner! Freddie Francis, Glory
 
BEST FILM EDITING
  Noëlle Boisson, The Bear
Oscar winner! David Brenner and Joe Hutshing, Born on the Fourth of July
  Mark Warner, Driving Miss Daisy
  William Steinkamp, The Fabulous Baker Boys
  Steven Rosenblum, Glory
 
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DIRECTION
  Leslie Dilley, art direction; Anne Kuljian, set decoration, The Abyss
  Dante Ferretti, art direction; Francesca Lo Schiavo, set decoration, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Oscar winner! Anton Furst, art direction; Peter Young, set decoration, Batman
  Bruno Rubeo, art direction; Crispian Sallis, set decoration, Driving Miss Daisy
  Norman Garwood, art direction; Garrett Lewis, set decoration, Glory
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
  Gabriella Pescucci, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  Elizabeth McBride, Driving Miss Daisy
  Joe I. Tompkins, Harlem Nights
Oscar winner! Phyllis Dalton, Henry V
  Theodor Pistek, Valmont
 
BEST SOUND
  Don Bassman, Kevin F. Cleary, Richard Overton and Lee Orloff, The Abyss
  Donald O. Mitchell, Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Keith A. Wester, Black Rain
  Michael Minkler, Gregory H. Watkins, Wylie Stateman and Tod A. Maitland, Born on the Fourth of July
Oscar winner! Donald O. Mitchell, Gregg C. Rudloff, Elliot Tyson and Russell Williams II, Glory
  Ben Burtt, Gary Summers, Shawn Murphy and Tony Dawe, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
 
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Oscar winner! John Bruno, Dennis Muren, Hoyt Yeatman and Dennis Skotak, The Abyss
  Richard Conway and Kent Houston, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  Ken Ralston, Michael Lantieri, John Bell and Steve Gawley, Back to the Future Part II
 
BEST MAKEUP
  Maggie Weston and Fabrizio Sforza, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  Dick Smith, Ken Diaz and Greg Nelson, Dad
Oscar winner! Manlio Rocchetti, Lynn Barber and Kevin Haney, Driving Miss Daisy
 
BEST SOUND (ORIGINAL SONG)
  “After All,” Chances Are, Tom Snow, music; Dean Pitchford, lyrics
  “Kiss the Girl,” The Little Mermaid, Alan Menken, music; Howard Ashman, lyrics
Oscar winner! “Under the Sea,” The Little Mermaid, Alan Menken, music; Howard Ashman, lyrics
  “I Love to See You Smile,” Parenthood, Randy Newman, music and lyrics
  “The Girl Who Used to Be Me,” Shirley Valentine, Marvin Hamlisch, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
  John Williams, Born on the Fourth of July
  David Grusin, The Fabulous Baker Boys
  James Horner, Field of Dreams
  John Williams, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Oscar winner! Alan Menken, The Little Mermaid
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (ANIMATED)
Oscar winner! Balance (Christoph Lauenstein and Wolfgang Lauenstein, producers; Lauenstein Production)
  The Cow (Alexander Petrov, producer; The “Pilot” Co-op Animated Film Studio with VPTO Videofilm)
  The Hill Farm (Mark Baker, producer; National Film and Television School)
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION)
  Amazon Diary (Robert Nixon, producer; Determined Productions, Inc.)
  The Childeater (Jonathan Tammuz, producer; Stephen-Tammuz Productions, Ltd.)
Oscar winner! Work Experience (James Hendrie, producer; North Inch Production Ltd.)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECTS)
  Fine Food, Fine Pastries, Open 6 to 9 (David Petersen, producer; David Petersen Productions)
Oscar winner! The Johnstown Flood (Charles Guggenheim, producer; Guggenheim Productions)
  Yad Vashem: Preserving the Past to Ensure the Future (Ray Errol Fox, producer; Ray Errol Fox Production)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURES)
  Adam Clayton Powell (Richard Killberg and Yvonne Smith, producers; RKB Productions)
Oscar winner! Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (Robert Epstein and Bill Couturie, producers; Telling Pictures and the Couturie Company Production)
  Crack USA: County Under Siege (Vince DiPersio and William Guttentag, producers; Half-Court Productions, Ltd.)
  For All Mankind (Al Reinert and Betsy Broyles Breier, producers; Apollo Associates/FAM Productions Inc.)
  Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren (Judith Leonard and Bill Jersey, producers; Quest Production)
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  Camille Claudel, France
Oscar winner! Cinema Paradiso, Italy
  Jesus of Montreal, Canada
  Waltzing Regitze, Denmark
  What Happened to Santiago, Puerto Rico

Other Awards

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was given to Howard W. Koch. Honorary Awards were given to Akira Kurosawa "for accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world." In addition, the Academy's Board of Governors "commends the contributions of the members of the engineering committees of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). By establishing industry standards, they have greatly contributed to making film a primary form of international communication."

Scientific Awards

Robert D. Auguste (Camera)
J. L. Fisher, Incorporated (Camera Cranes)
J. L. Fisher (Camera Cranes)
Erich Fitz (Camera Cranes)
Istec, Incorporated (Camera)
JSK Engineering (Sound)
James Ketcham (Sound)
J. Noxon Leavitt (Camera)
Klaus Resch (Camera Cranes)
FGV Schmidle & Fitz (Camera Cranes)
Wilcam Photo Research, Incorporated (Camera)
Geoffrey H. Williamson (Camera)
Dr. Leo Catozzo (Editorial and Preproduction)
Magna-Tech Electronic Company, Inc. (Sound) 

 

FILM FACTS

Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy

What: 62nd Annual Academy Awards

Date: March 26, 1990

Host: Billy Crystal

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles)

Network: ABC


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