The big winner at the ceremony was Miloš Forman's Amadeus, which had received 11 nominations and won 8 awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. As of the 90th Academy Awards, Amadeus is the most recent film to receive two lead actor nominations.
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 had no previous acting experience. Ngor and Harold Russell are the only two non-professional actors to win Academy Awards for acting.
Sally Field won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Places in the Heart. In her acceptance speech, she 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!")
This ceremony marked the first time that multiple black nominees would win an Oscar, when Prince and Stevie Wonder won for their respective work on Purple Rain and The Woman in Red. Additionally, it was the only time that all five nominees in Best Original Song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
One of the more notable gaffes in Oscar history occurred during the ceremony. Presenting the Best Picture award, Sir Laurence Olivier forgot to list the nominees and simply tore open the envelope to declare: "Amadeus!". Upon accepting the award on the film's behalf, Producer Saul Zaentz had the presence of mind to mention all the other Best Picture nominees during his thank you speech to make up for Olivier's flub.
|57th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 25, 1985|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Hosted by||Jack Lemmon|
|Produced by||Gregory Peck|
|Directed by||Marty Pasetta|
|Most awards||Amadeus (8)|
|Most nominations||Amadeus and A Passage to India (11)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 10 minutes|
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ().
|Best Picture||Best Director|
|Best Actor||Best Actress|
|Best Supporting Actor||Best Supporting Actress|
|Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen||Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Best Documentary Feature|
|Best Documentary Short Subject||Best Live Action Short Film|
|Best Animated Short Film||Best Original Score|
|Best Original Song Score||Best Original Song|
|Best Sound||Best Art Direction|
|Best Costume Design||Best Makeup|
|Best Cinematography||Best Film Editing|
|Best Visual Effects|
The following persons, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Hank Simms||Announcer for the 57th Academy Awards|
|Gene Allen (AMPAS President)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Linda Hunt||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Michael Douglas||Presenter of the award for Best Documentary Short|
|Kathleen Turner||Presenter of the award for Best Documentary Feature|
|Presenters of the award for Best Makeup|
|Presenters of the award for Best Sound|
|Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Ryan O'Neal||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Gene Kelly||Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to David L. Wolper|
|Steve Martin||Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Janet Leigh||Presenter of the Scientific & Technical Awards|
|Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects|
|Glenn Close||Presenter of the Honorary Award to the National Endowment for the Arts|
|Presenters of the Writing Awards|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Score|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Song Score|
|Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Presenters of the award for Best Animated Short Film|
|Presenters of the award for Best Live Action Short Film|
|Shirley MacLaine||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Gregory Hines||Presenter of the award for Best Original Song|
|Cary Grant||Presenter of the Honorary Award to James Stewart|
|Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Steven Spielberg||Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Robert Duvall||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Laurence Olivier||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Bill Conti||Musical arranger and conductor||Orchestral|
|Ray Parker Jr.
|Performers||"Ghostbusters" from Ghostbusters|
|Deniece Williams||Performer||"Let's Hear It for the Boy" from Footloose|
|Ann Reinking||Performer||"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" from Against All Odds|
|Performers||“How Do You Feel about Foolin’ Around?”, |
“On the Road Again” and
|Debbie Allen||Performer||"Footloose" from Footloose|
|Diana Ross||Performer||"I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red|
|Academy Awards Orchestra||Performers||"They Say It's Wonderful" (orchestral) from Annie Get Your Gun during the closing credits|
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
Charade is a 1984 animated Canadian film directed by John Minnis. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 57th Academy Awards. The film was animated by Minnis with Pantone markers on paper, during a single three-month summer term at Sheridan College.Chuck Gaspar
Chuck Gaspar (January 25, 1938 – January 15, 2009) was an American special effects artist who worked on 70 different films and TV shows, such as The Birds, Ghostbusters, Pale Rider and Armageddon.
He was nominated at the 57th Academy Awards in the category of Best Visual Effects for his work on the film Ghostbusters. He shared his nomination with John Bruno, Richard Edlund and Mark Vargo.In addition, he received a Technical achievement Oscar five years after his death.Homecoming (1984 film)
Homecoming (似水流年) is a 1984 Hong Kong film directed by Yim Ho. It won the Best Film Award at the 4th Hong Kong Film Awards. The film was also selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.List of submissions to the 57th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
The following 32 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 57th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The titles highlighted in blue and yellow were the five nominated films, which came from Argentina, Israel, Spain, the USSR and the eventual winner, Dangerous Moves, from Switzerland.Thailand submitted a film for the first time.Lorne Peterson
Lorne Peterson is a Canadian special effects artist most known for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films.
He won for Best Visual Effects at the 57th Academy Awards for his work on the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He shared his Oscar with George Gibbs, Michael J. McAlister and Dennis Muren.MacArthur's Children
MacArthur's Children (瀬戸内少年野球団, Setouchi Shōnen Yakyū-dan) is a 1984 Japanese film. Describing the impact of the United States' occupation of Japan from the perspective of the inhabitants of a small, rural island community, the film featured the big screen debut of actor Ken Watanabe.
The film was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.Mark Stetson
Mark Stetson (born 1952) is a visual effects artist.
He has worked on over 60 films since his start in 1979.
He won at the 74th Academy Awards in the category of Best Visual Effects for his work on the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. He shared his Oscar with Randall William Cook, Jim Rygiel, and Richard Taylor.He was also nominated at the 57th Academy Awards and the 79th Academy Awards.Memoirs of Prison
Memoirs of Prison (Portuguese: Memórias do Cárcere) is a 1984 Brazilian drama film directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. It is based on Memórias do Cárcere an autobiographical novel by Graciliano Ramos, about the period he was incarcerated during the Vargas Era. The film was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.Nena Danevic
Nena Danevic is a film editor who was nominated at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Film Editing. She was nominated for Amadeus. She shared her nomination with Michael Chandler.She did win at the 39th British Academy Film Awards for Best Editing. Also for Amadeus with Michael Chandler.
She also won at the American Cinema Editors awards.Of the Flesh
Of the Flesh (Tagalog: Karnal) is a 1983 Philippine drama film directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya. The film was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.Old Mao's Second Spring
Old Mao's Second Spring (Chinese: Lao Mo de di er ge chun tian) is a 1984 Taiwanese drama film directed by You-ning Lee. The film was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It won the Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film in 1984.Robert Q. Lovett
Robert Q. Lovett is a film editor who was nominated at the 57th Academy Awards in the category of Best Film Editing. This was for his work on The Cotton Club, his nomination was shared with Barry Malkin. He also participated in the Festival De Cannes for the movie A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro in 2011. He worked on over 30 films and TV shows from 1963 to 2006.So Long, Stooge
So Long, Stooge (French title: Tchao Pantin) is a 1983 film directed by Claude Berri. It is based on a novel by Alain Page.
Coluche, the main actor, won the "Best Actor" award in 1984 César Award. The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.Sonatine (1984 film)
Sonatine is a 1984 Canadian drama film written and directed by Micheline Lanctôt. The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.The House of Water
The House of Water (Spanish: La casa de agua) is a 1983 Venezuelan drama film directed by Jacobo Penzo. The film was selected as the Venezuelan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.The Millennial Bee
The Millennial Bee (Slovak: Tisícročná včela, also known in English as The Bee Millennium), is a 1983 film made and produced in Czechoslovakia, West Germany and Austria. The film is based on a novel written by Peter Jaroš and was directed by Juraj Jakubisko. The film was selected as the Czechoslovakia entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.The Stone Carvers (film)
The Stone Carvers is a 1984 American short documentary film directed by Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner and starring Vincent Palumbo and Roger Morigi. In 1985, it won an Oscar for Documentary Short Subject at the 57th Academy Awards.Up (1984 film)
Up is a 1984 American short film directed by Mike Hoover and Tim Huntley. In 1985, it won an Oscar for Best Short Subject at the 57th Academy Awards. The film depicts a man who sets a hawk free, then tries to find it in the wild on his hang glider.Åke and His World
Åke and His World (Swedish: Åke och hans värld) is a 1984 Swedish drama film directed by Allan Edwall. It was entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival. The film was also selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
|Awards of Merit|