59th Academy Awards

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59th Academy Awards
Official poster
Date March 30, 1987
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Host Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Paul Hogan
Producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
Director Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Platoon
Most awards Platoon (4)
Most nominations Platoon and A Room with a View (8)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 19 minutes[1]
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The 59th Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), took place on March 30, 1987, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 23 categories honoring films released in 1986. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and directed by Marty Pasetta. Actors Chevy Chase, Paul Hogan, and Goldie Hawn co-hosted the show. Hawn hosted the gala for the second time, having previously been a co-host of the 48th ceremony held in 1976. Meanwhile, this was Chase and Hogan's first Oscars hosting stint.[2] Eight days earlier, in a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on March 22, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Catherine Hicks.[3]

Platoon won four awards including Best Picture.[4] Other winners included Hannah and Her Sisters and A Room with a View with three awards, Aliens with two awards, and Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got, The Assault, Children of a Lesser God, The Color of Money, Down and Out in America, The Fly, A Greek Tragedy, The Mission, Precious Images, Round Midnight, Top Gun, and Women – for America, for the World with one.

Winner and nomineees[edit]

The nominees for the 59th Academy Awards were announced on February 11, 1987, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Robert Wise, preisdent of the Academy, and actor Don Ameche and actress Anjelica Huston.[5] Platoon and A Room with a View led all nominees with eight each.[6]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 30, 1987.[7] Marlee Matlin was the first deaf performer to win an Oscar. She also was the youngest winner in the Best Actress category.[8] Best Actor winner Paul Newman was the fourth actor to have been nominated for portraying the same character in two different films. He had previously earned a nomination for his playing Fast Eddie Nelson in 1961's The Hustler.[9] By virtue of his victory in the Best Actor category, Newman and wife Joanne Woodward, who won Best Actress for her performance in 1957's The Three Faces of Eve, became the second married couple to win acting Oscars.[10]


Oliver Stone, Best Director winner
Paul Newman, Best Actor winner
Marlee Matlin, Best Actress winner
Michael Caine, Best Supporting Actor winner
Dianne Wiest, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[11]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Mixing Best Sound Editing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Honorary Academy Awards[edit]

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Ceremony information[edit]

Determined to revive interest and improve sagging ratings, the Academy hired Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. to produce the telecast for the first time.

Box office performance of nominated films[edit]

At the time of the nominations announcement on February 11, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees at the US box office was $119 million with an average of $23.9 million. Platoon was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $39.3 million in the domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by Hannah and Her Sisters ($35.4 million), Children of a Lesser God ($22.1 million), A Room with a View ($11.5 million) and The Mission ($11.1 million).

Only Crocodile Dundee (2nd), Aliens (6th), Stand By Me (12th), Platoon (23rd), Hannah and Her Sisters (29th), Crimes of the Heart (43rd)

Presenters and Performers[edit]

The following individuals presented awards for performed musical numbers.[14][15]


Name(s) Role
Sims, HankHank Sims Announcer for the 59th annual Academy Awards
Wise, RobertRobert Wise (AMPAS president) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
MacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaine Presenter of the awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay
Matlin, MarleeMarlee Matlin Presenter of the award for Best Sound
Ameche, DonDon Ameche
Anjelica Huston
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Chase, ChevyChevy Chase Presenter of the award for Best Sound Effects Editing
Bacall, LaurenLauren Bacall Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Reeve, ChristopherChristopher Reeve
Isabella Rossellini
Presenters of the award for Best Art Decoration
Jones, JenniferJennifer Jones Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Bonham Carter, HelenaHelena Bonham Carter
Matthew Broderick
Presenters of the award for Best Documentary Short Subject
Dreyfuss, RichardRichard Dreyfuss Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Steven Spielberg
Nimoy, LeonardLeonard Nimoy
William Shatner
Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects
Winfrey, OprahOprah Winfrey Presenter of the award for Best Documentary Feature
Bridges, JeffJeff Bridges
Sigourney Weaver
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Peters, BernadetteBernadette Peters Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Midler, BetteBette Midler Presenter of the award for Best Original Score
Hanks, TomTom Hanks
Bugs Bunny
Presenter Best Animated Short Film
Dangerfield, RodneyRodney Dangerfield Presenter of the award for Best Makeup
Braga, SôniaSônia Braga
Michael Douglas
Presenters of the award for Best Live Action Short Film
Hurt, WilliamWilliam Hurt Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Ringwald, MollyMolly Ringwald Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Quinn, AnthonyAnthony Quinn Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Malden, KarlKarl Malden Presenter of the Honorary Academy Award to Ralph Bellamy
Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor Presenter of the award for Best Director
Davis, BetteBette Davis Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Hoffman, DustinDustin Hoffman Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name(s) Role Performed
Newman, LionelLionel Newman Musical arranger
DeLuise, DomDom DeLuise
Pat Morita
Telly Savalas
Performers "Fugue for Tinhorns" from Guys and Dolls
Peters, BernadetteBernadette Peters Performer "Sing Me the Song (the Song from the Movie)"
Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole
James Ingram
Performers "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail
Cetera, PeterPeter Cetera Performer "Glory of Love" from The Karate Kid, Part II
Moore, MelbaMelba Moore
Lou Rawls
Performers "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun
Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Performer "Life in a Looking Glass" from That's Life!
Stubbs, LeviLevi Stubbs Performer "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" from Little Shop of Horrors

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Osborne 2013, p. 282
  2. ^ "Hosting chores". Variety (PMC). February 13, 2005. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Past Scientific & Technical Awards Ceremonies". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Harmetz, Aljean (March 31, 1987). ""Platoon" Wins Oscar as the Best Movie of 1986". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Wiley & Bona 1996, p. 689
  6. ^ Matthews, Jack (February 11, 1987). "Newman Gets 7th Chance; Will He Finally Get Oscar? : Nominated for 'Color of Money'". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 66th Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Siskel, Gene (March 29, 1987). "A Fortunate Tragedy". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  9. ^ DeSemlyen, Phil. "100 Oscars Facts You Need To Know". Empire. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ Osborne 2013, p. 424
  11. ^ "The 59th Academy Awards (1987) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  12. ^ Deans, Laurie (February 13, 1987). "Directors' contract expires June 30 Strike threat prompts April flurry". The Globe and Mail (The Globe and Mail, Inc.). p. C3. 
  13. ^ "Complete list of Oscar nominations". Toronto Star (Star Media Group). February 12, 1987. p. F6. 
  14. ^ Mull, Marrison (March 29, 1987). "59th Academy Awards: And the Presenters Are...". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Wiley & Bona 1996, p. 693


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