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
Witness

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

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3 thoughts on “Academy Awards: 1984-1986”

  1. Wow, you brought back memories. The 1984 Academy Awards was the first one I actually remembrer watching with my parents, even though I’d seen none of the movies. But I always remembered “Terms of Endearment” and it’s one of my favorites now.

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    1. Thanks Leah! I remember when The Chariots of Fire won. Then we rented the movie, and it was so boring to me. I actually still have not seen “Terms of Endearment” yet. It’s just one of those movies that I probably should have seen by now, but haven’t had the chance. I still haven’t seen “An Officer and a Gentleman” yet. Maybe I subconsciously have something against Debra Winger! 🙂

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