56th Academy Awards
|56th Academy Awards|
|Date||Monday, April 9, 1984|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles|
|Producer||Jack Haley, Jr.|
|Best Picture||Terms of Endearment|
|Most awards||Terms of Endearment (5)|
|Most nominations||Terms of Endearment (11)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 42 minutes|
|Ratings||38.0 (Nielsen ratings)|
The Best Supporting Actress winner this year was unique. 4' 9" Linda Hunt 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.
Gordon Willis, a respected cinematographer most famous for his un-nominated work on The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and Woody Allen's Manhattan, received his first Best Cinematography nomination for Zelig.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Honorary Academy Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Special Achievement Academy Award
The filmmakers and studio executives were very surprised by the five Academy Award nominations for Tender Mercies, which was released ten months before the nominations were announced and had received little campaigning; the film had been exhibited in only three theaters after its release. Universal Studios had already previously sold the video rights for Tender Mercies based on their lack of confidence in the film following poor test screenings; the studio was therefore unable to redistribute Tender Mercies after the Oscar nominations were announced, and cable companies ran the film on television one week before the Academy Award ceremony.
When screenwriter Horton Foote won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for To Kill a Mockingbird, he was not present at the 1963 ceremony to collect it because he did not believe he was going to win and did not attend. As a result, Foote made sure he was present for the ceremony when he was nominated for Tender Mercies; he won that Oscar as well, this time for Best Original Screenplay.
- Jane Alexander and Michael Caine (Presenters: Short Subjects Awards)
- Richard Attenborough (Presenter: Best Director)
- Kevin Bacon and Daryl Hannah (Presenters: Best Sound Editing)
- Neil Diamond (Presenter: Best Adapted Score)
- Ray Bolger and Gene Kelly (Presenters: Best Original Score)
- Christie Brinkley and Michael Keaton (Presenters: Best Sound Mixing)
- Jennifer Beals and Matthew Broderick (Presenters: Best Original Song)
- Dyan Cannon and Gene Hackman (Presenters: Best Supporting Actress)
- Frank Capra (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Cheech and Chong (Presenters: Best Visual Effects)
- Joan Collins and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Presenters: Technical Achievement Awards)
- Jackie Cooper and George McFarland (Presenters: Honorary Award to Hal Roach)
- Frank Sinatra (Presenter: Jean Hersholt Award to M. J. Frankovich)
- Anthony Franciosa and Joanna Pacula (Presenters: Best Cinematography)
- John Gavin and Jack Valenti (Presenters: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek (Presenters: Writing Awards)
- Rock Hudson and Liza Minnelli (Presenters: Best Actress)
- Roger Moore and Jane Powell (Presenters: Best Art Direction)
- Timothy Hutton and Mary Tyler Moore (Presenters: Best Supporting Actor)
- Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone (Presenters: Best Actor)
- Holly Palance and Jack Palance (Presenters: Documentary Awards)
- Tommy Tune and Twiggy (Presenters: Best Costume Design)
- Robert Wise (Presenter: Best Film Editing)
- Herb Alpert, Michael Sembello, and Lani Hall ("Maniac" from Flashdance)
- Irene Cara & The National Dance Institute performed...("Flashdance... What a Feeling" from Flashdance)
- Mac Davis ("Over You" from Tender Mercies)
- Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minnelli ("There's No Business Like Show Business")
- Jennifer Holliday ("The Way He Makes Me Feel" from Yentl)
- Donna Summer ("Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- 41st Golden Globe Awards
- 4th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1983 in film
- Submissions for the 56th Academy Award for Best Foreign Film
- 26th Grammy Awards
- 35th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 36th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 37th British Academy Film Awards
- 38th Tony Awards
- "The 56th Academy Awards (1984) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
- Bruce Beresford, Robert Duvall, Horton Foote, Allan Hubbard, Gary Hertz (director), Tess Harper (2002-04-16). Miracles & Mercies (Documentary). West Hollywood, California: Blue Underground. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
- "The Official Academy Awards Database". awardsdatabase.oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
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