83rd Academy Awards

The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2010 in the United States and took place on February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EST). During the ceremony, Academy Awards (commonly called the Oscars) were presented in 24 competitive categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer, with Mischer also serving as director.[6][7] Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the ceremony, marking the first time for each.[8]

In related events, the Academy held its second annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 13, 2010.[9] On February 12, 2011, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Marisa Tomei.[10]

Inception and The King's Speech won four awards each with the latter film winning Best Picture.[11][12][13] Other winners included The Social Network with three awards, Alice in Wonderland, The Fighter, and Toy Story 3, with two awards, and Black Swan, God of Love, In a Better World, Inside Job, The Lost Thing, Strangers No More, and The Wolfman with one. The telecast garnered almost 38 million viewers in the United States.

83rd Academy Awards
Official poster promoting the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011.
Official poster
DateFebruary 27, 2011
SiteKodak Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byJames Franco
Anne Hathaway[1]
Preshow hostsTim Gunn
Maria Menounos
Robin Roberts
Krista Smith[2]
Produced byBruce Cohen
Don Mischer[3]
Directed byDon Mischer[3]
Highlights
Best PictureThe King's Speech
Most awardsInception and The King's Speech (4)
Most nominationsThe King's Speech (12)
TV in the United States
NetworkABC
Duration3 hours, 16 minutes[4]
Ratings37.9 million
21.2% (Nielsen ratings)[5]

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced on January 25, 2011, at 5:38 a.m. PST at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California by Tom Sherak, president of the Academy, and actress Mo'Nique.[14] The King's Speech led the nominations with twelve, followed by True Grit with ten.[15][16]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on February 27, 2011.[17][18] Toy Story 3 became the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture.[19][20] True Grit was the second film after 2002's Gangs of New York to lose all ten of its nominations.[21] By virtue of his nomination for Best Actor in 127 Hours, host James Franco became the first person since Paul Hogan, who was a co-host and a Best Original Screenplay nominee during the 59th ceremony in 1987, to host the ceremony while receiving a nomination in the same year.[22][23] He was also the first acting nominee since Michael Caine at the 45th ceremony in 1973 to achieve this distinction.[24] With Christian Bale and Melissa Leo's respective wins in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories, The Fighter became the first film since 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters to win both supporting acting categories.[25]

Awards

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Tom Hooper, Best Director winner
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Colin Firth, Best Actor winner
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Natalie Portman, Best Actress winner
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Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor winner
Melissa Leo at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Melissa Leo, Best Supporting Actress winner
Aaron Sorkin at PaleyFest 2013
Aaron Sorkin, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
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Lee Unkrich, Best Animated Feature winner
Susanne Bier
Susanne Bier, Best Foreign Language Film winner
Charles Ferguson (Representational Pictures, Inc.)
Charles Ferguson, Best Documentary Feature co-winner
Rick Baker at Saturn Awards
Rick Baker, Best Makeup co-winner

Winners[26] are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double-dagger (double-dagger).

Honorary Academy Awards

The Academy held its Second Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 13, 2010, during which the following awards were presented.[27][28][29]

Academy Honorary Award

  • Kevin Brownlow — For the wise and devoted chronicling of the cinematic parade.
  • Jean-Luc Godard — For passion. For confrontation. For a new kind of cinema.
  • Eli Wallach — For a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Films with multiple nominations and awards

The following 14 films received multiple nominations:

Nominations Film
12
The King's Speech
10
True Grit
8 Inception
The Social Network
7
The Fighter
6
127 Hours
5 Black Swan
Toy Story 3
4 The Kids Are All Right
Winter's Bone
3
Alice in Wonderland
2 Biutiful
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
How to Train Your Dragon

The following six films received multiple awards:

Awards Film
4 Inception
The King's Speech
3
The Social Network
2 Alice in Wonderland
The Fighter
Toy Story 3

Presenters and performers

The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers.[30][31]

Presenters

Name(s) Role
Tom Kane[32] Announcer for the 83rd Academy Awards
Tom Hanks Presenter of the awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography
Kirk Douglas Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Mila Kunis & Justin Timberlake Presenters of the awards for Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Feature Film
Javier Bardem & Josh Brolin Presenters of the awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay
Russell Brand & Helen Mirren Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Reese Witherspoon Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Tom Sherak (AMPAS President)
Anne Sweeney (Disney–ABC Television Group President)
Presenters of a special presentation acknowledging the renewal of a television distribution contract between ABC and AMPAS
Hugh Jackman & Nicole Kidman Introducers of a medley of past film scores and presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Scarlett Johansson & Matthew McConaughey Presenters of the awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing
Marisa Tomei Presenter of the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement
Cate Blanchett Presenter of the awards for Best Makeup and Best Costume Design
Kevin Spacey Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominees "We Belong Together" and "I See the Light"
Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal Presenters of the awards for Best Documentary (Short Subject) and Best Live Action Short Film
Oprah Winfrey Presenter of the award for Best Documentary Feature
Billy Crystal Introducer of a digital projection of previous host Bob Hope at the 25th Academy Awards
Bob Hope (archive footage/digital projection) Introducer of presenters Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law
Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law Presenters of the awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing
Jennifer Hudson Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominees "If I Rise" and "Coming Home" and presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Halle Berry Presenter of the Lena Horne tribute
Kathryn Bigelow & Hilary Swank Presenters of the award for Best Director
Annette Bening Presenter of the Academy Honorary Awards and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Jeff Bridges Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Sandra Bullock Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Steven Spielberg Presenter of the award for Best Picture

Performers

Name(s) Role Performed
William Ross Musical arranger and conductor Orchestral
Anne Hathaway Performer "On My Own" from Les Misérables
Randy Newman Performer "We Belong Together'" from Toy Story 3
Zachary Levi
Alan Menken
Mandy Moore
Performers "I See the Light" from Tangled
A. R. Rahman
Florence Welch
Performers "If I Rise" from 127 Hours
Gwyneth Paltrow Performer "Coming Home" from Country Strong
Celine Dion Performer "Smile" during the annual In Memoriam tribute
PS22 Chorus Performers "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz during the closing segment

Ceremony information

James Franco (left) and Anne Hathaway (right) co-hosted the 83rd Academy Awards.

James Franco (Cropped)
Anne Hathaway at MIFF

In June 2010, the AMPAS hired Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen and veteran television producer Don Mischer to oversee production of the telecast.[33] "I'm absolutely ecstatic that Bruce and Don have accepted my invitation to produce and direct the 83rd Academy Awards telecast," remarked Academy president Tom Sherak. "Their work in producing the Academy's inaugural Governors Awards was exceptional and I am confident they will bring their creative vision and extraordinary talent to produce/direct a most memorable Oscar show."[34] Opting for younger faces for the ceremony, Cohen and Mischer hired actor James Franco and actress Anne Hathaway as co-hosts of the 2011 ceremony.[35] "James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons — fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27," said Cohen and Mischer regarding their selections to host the gala. "We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that."[36] Franco and Hathaway became the first male-female duo to co-host the awards show since comedian Jerry Lewis and actress Celeste Holm presided over the 29th ceremony in 1957.[23][37] At age 28, Hathaway was also the youngest person to host an Oscar ceremony.[38]

Furthermore, AMPAS announced that this year's ceremony was "the most interactive awards show in history". The Academy revamped their official website oscar.com to include lists of all the nominees and winners, as well as film trailers and exclusive video content produced by both AMPAS and Oscar telecaster ABC.[39] Also, via the Academy's Twitter and Facebook pages, people could post questions for any actor or celebrity attending the festivities to answer. One of the four Oscar pre-show co-hosts would then pose selected questions to both nominees and attendees alike.[39] For a fee of US$4.99, users had online access to two dozen video streams that would take them from the red carpet, through the ceremony and on to the post-telecast Governors Ball. Several of the cameras utilized 360-degree views that viewers could direct.[40]

Several other people participated in the production of the ceremony. William Ross served as musical director and conductor for the ceremony.[41] Production designer Steve Bass built a new stage design for the ceremony.[42] Entertainment Weekly columnist and TV personality Dave Karger greeted guests entering the red carpet.[43] Designer Marc Friedland designed a new envelope heralding the winner of each category made from a high-gloss iridescent metallic gold paper stock, with red-lacquered lining that featured the Oscar statuette stamped in satin gold leaf.[44][45] During the run-up to the ceremony, television personality Chris Harrison hosted "Road to the Oscars", a weekly behind-the-scenes video blog.[46] PS22 Chorus children's choir performed "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz at the end of the ceremony.[47]

Box office performance of nominated films

For the second consecutive year, the field of major nominees included at least one blockbuster at the American and Canadian box offices. However, only three of the nominees had grossed over $100 million before the nominations were announced, compared with five from the previous year.[48] The combined gross of the ten Best Picture nominees when the Oscars were announced was $1.2 billion, the second-highest ever behind 2009. The average gross was $119.3 million.[49]

Two of the ten Best Picture nominees were among the top ten releases in box office during the nominations. At the time of the announcement of nominations on January 25, Toy Story 3 was the highest-grossing film among the Best Picture nominees with $414.9 million in domestic box office receipts.[50] The only other top ten box office hit to receive a nomination was Inception which earned $292.5 million. Among the remaining eight nominees, True Grit was the next-highest-grossing film with $137.9 million followed by The Social Network ($95.4  million), Black Swan $83.2 million, The Fighter ($72.6 million), The King's Speech ($57.3 million), The Kids Are All Right ($20.8 million), 127 Hours ($11.2 million), and finally Winter's Bone ($6.2 million).[50]

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 55 nominations went to 15 films on the list. Only Toy Story 3 (1st), Inception (5th), How to Train Your Dragon (9th), True Grit (17th), The Social Network (29th), The Town (32nd), Black Swan (38th), and The Fighter (45th) were nominated for directing, acting, screenwriting, Best Picture or Animated Feature.[51] The other top-50 box office hits that earned nominations were Alice in Wonderland (2nd), Iron Man 2 (3rd), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 (6th), Tangled (10th), Tron: Legacy (12th), Salt (21st), and Unstoppable (39th).[51]

Critical reviews

The show received a negative reception from most media publications. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 21% approval rating, with an average rating of 0/10, based on 14 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Anne Hathaway admirably braves her way through unfunny quips, while James Franco appears gallingly disengaged during an excruciatingly inert 83rd Oscars ceremony that is sunk both by ill-considered stunt casting and an evident lack of preparedness."[52] Film critic Roger Ebert said, "Despite the many worthy nominated films, the Oscarcast was painfully dull, slow, witless, and hosted by the ill-matched James Franco and Anne Hathaway. She might have made a delightful foil for another partner, but Franco had a deer-in-the-headlights manner and read his lines robotically." He went on to praise the winners of the night, but he ended his review with the words, "Dead. In. The. Water."[53] Television critic Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter commented, "In what could go down as one of the worst Oscar telecasts in history, a bad and risky idea — letting two actors host — played out in spectacularly unwatchable fashion on the biggest of all nights for the film world." He also added, "These Oscars were a bore-fest that seemed to drag on relentlessly but listlessly."[54] Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that the ceremony "felt a little like a bad night on Saturday Night Live — awkward, slow and not particularly entertaining." Regarding the hosts, she quipped that Hathaway "at least tried", but she remarked, "Franco seemed half asleep, or possibly stoned."[55]

Some media outlets received the broadcast more positively. Entertainment Weekly television critic Ken Tucker stated that the show was "Funny, poised, relaxed, and smart, Anne Hathaway and James Franco made for marvelous Oscar hosts. Their combination of respect and informality struck the right tone for the night, a happily surprising production that had its share of fine moments both planned and ad-libbed." On the overall aspect of the ceremony, they concluded "all in all, it was a fun, briskly paced night."[56] Mary McNamara from the Los Angeles Times commented, "The two seemed to be following the directive to "first do no harm," as if they knew they couldn't score as big as Jimmy Fallon did with the Emmy Awards, but were determined to avoid becoming morning show fodder like Ricky Gervais was after this year's Golden Globes. The result was a show that moved along, with a few draggy bits and high notes, like precisely what it was: a very long and fancy awards show." Her review further said "Overall, the evening had an oddly business-like feel, a mind-numbing evenness that was exacerbated by the relentless predictability of the winners, and the fact that none of the acting winners were played off no matter how long their "thank-yous" went."[57]

Ratings and reception

The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 37.9 million people over its length, which was a 9% decrease from the previous year's ceremony.[58][59] An estimated 71.3 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards.[60] The show also drew lower Nielsen ratings compared to the two previous ceremonies, with 21.2% of households watching over a 33 share.[5] In addition, the program scored an 11.8 rating over a 30 share among the 18–49 demographic, which was a 12 percent decrease over last year's demographic numbers.[61][62]

In Memoriam

The In Memoriam tribute, which featured Celine Dion performing the Charlie Chaplin song "Smile", paid tribute to the following individuals.[30][63]

At the end of the montage, Halle Berry paid special tribute to Horne and introduced a film clip of her singing the titular song from the film Stormy Weather.[64]

See also

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Academy Awards pre-show

The Academy Awards pre-show (currently known as Oscars Red Carpet Live) is a live televised pre-show which precedes the start of the Academy Awards telecast by 90 minutes (previously by 30 minutes until 2011). The pre-show takes place on the red carpet surrounding the theater which holds the telecast, and is almost always hosted by various media personalities, such as Regis Philbin, Chris Connelly, Tim Gunn, and Robin Roberts.

In February 2011, ABC announced that due to the ending of Barbara Walters' Oscar Special, the pre-show would instead take place 90 (rather than 30) minutes before the start time of the Oscar telecast, beginning with the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony.

Andrew Lockley

Andrew Lockley (born May 5, 1971) is a British visual effects supervisor most known for working on most of Christopher Nolan's films.

He won at the 83rd Academy Awards for the film Inception in the category of Best Visual Effects. His win was shared with Peter Bebb, Chris Corbould and Paul Franklin.

He was nominated at the 87th Academy Awards for the film Interstellar, which he and Franklin won again for Best Visual Effects.

He has just completed work on Christopher Nolan's latest movie 'Dunkirk'.'

Angel (2009 film)

Angel (Norwegian: Engelen) is a 2009 Norwegian drama film directed by Margreth Olin. The film was selected as the Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards but it didn't make the final shortlist.

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Carancho is a 2010 Argentine crime film directed by Pablo Trapero and starring Ricardo Darín and Martina Gusmán. It was entered into the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Argentine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.

Crab Trap

Crab Trap (Spanish: El vuelco del cangrejo) is a 2009 Colombian-French drama film directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia. The film was selected as the Colombian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, but it didn't make the final shortlist.

Doug Mowat (set decorator)

Doug Mowat is a set decorator.

He was nominated for an Academy Award during the 83rd Academy Awards for the film Inception in the category of Best Art Direction. He shared his nomination with Guy Hendrix Dyas and Larry Dias. He graduated from the AFI Conservatory in 1984.

Illegal (2010 film)

Illegal (French: Illégal) is a 2010 Belgian drama film directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. The film received eight nominations at the 1st Magritte Awards, and won the awards for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Actress. The film is critical of practices of Belgian immigration officers.

In a Better World

In a Better World (Danish: Hævnen, "the revenge") is a 2010 Danish drama thriller film written by Anders Thomas Jensen and directed by Susanne Bier. The film stars Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, and Ulrich Thomsen in a story which takes place in small-town Denmark and a refugee camp in Africa.

A Danish majority production with co-producers in Sweden, In a Better World won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film as well as the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.The film also won European Film Awards for Best Director, in addition to receiving nominations for Best Film (lost to Melancholia). Persbrandt was nominated for Best Actor, but he lost to Colin Firth from The King's Speech.

Larry Dias

Larry Dias is a set decorator who was nominated at the 83rd Academy Awards for his work on the film Inception, this was in the category of Best Art Direction. His nomination was shared with Guy Hendrix Dyas and Doug Mowat.He has done the sets on all of The Hunger Games films as well.

Life, Above All

Life, Above All is a 2010 South African drama film directed by Oliver Schmitz. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards and made the final shortlist announced in January 2011. The film was adapted from the novel Chanda's Secrets (2004) by Allan Stratton.

List of submissions to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of submissions to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956. The award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films.The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions was 1 October 2010. The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between 1 October 2009, and 30 September 2010. In total, 66 countries submitted films for consideration, including first-time submissions from Greenland and Ethiopia.A shortlist of nine semi-finalists was announced on 19 January 2011. The final list of five nominees was announced on 25 January 2011, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. The Danish entry, In a Better World, was announced as the winner at the 83rd Academy Awards on 27 February 2011.

Peter Bebb

Peter Bebb is a special effects artist best known for working on The Dark Knight trilogy.

He won at the 83rd Academy Awards for the film Inception in the category of Best Visual Effects. His win was shared with Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin and Andrew Lockley

Rachid Bouchareb

Rachid Bouchareb (born September 1, 1953) is an Algerian film director.

From 1977 to 1983, he worked as an assistant director for France’s state television production company, Société française de production (S. F. P). Subsequently, he worked for broadcasters TF1 and Antenne 2. He formed a production company called 3B with his associate Jean Bréhat in 1988.

Bouchareb began making short films in the 1980s. His featured film debut came in 1985 with Bâton Rouge. Since then his acclaimed films have included Poussières de vie (Dust of Life) (which received an Academy Award nomination in 1995 for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995); Little Senegal in 2001, as well as Two Men in Town in 2014 were both shown in the competition at the Berlin Film Festival; and Days of Glory, which received the Best Foreign Language Film nomination in 2006 and also won prizes at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Bouchareb's films have a following amongst international cineastes.

His film, Hors-la-loi, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in May. It was the Algerian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards and was one of the five final nominees.

Simple Simon (2010 film)

Simple Simon (Swedish: I rymden finns inga känslor literally In space there are no feelings) is a 2010 Swedish comedy film directed by Andreas Öhman. The film was selected as the official Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. It made it to the penultimate round of nominations and competed with eight other films.

Tetsuya Nakashima

Tetsuya Nakashima (中島哲也) (born 1959) is a Japanese film director. He was born in Fukuoka, attending high school in Chikushino. Nakashima was given the Best Director award at the 2005 Yokohama Film Festival for his film Kamikaze Girls.His 2010 film Confessions was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards and made the final shortlist in January 2011.He was originally slated to direct an adaptation of the hit manga Attack on Titan, but in December 2012 he left the project due to differences with the rest of the production team.

The Edge (2010 film)

The Edge (Russian: Край, translit. Kray) is a 2010 Russian drama film directed by Alexei Uchitel. The film was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was also selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards but it didn't make the final shortlist.Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all U.S. rights to The Edge which was negotiated with Sergei Bespalov, president of Sunrise Films.

Tirza

Tirza is a 2010 Dutch drama film directed by Rudolf van den Berg and based on the Dutch bestseller of the same name by Arnon Grunberg. The film was selected as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards but it didn't make the final shortlist.

We Belong Together (Randy Newman song)

"We Belong Together" is a song written, composed and performed by Randy Newman for the 2010 movie Toy Story 3. The song was nominated for several Best Original Song awards from various film society and movie awards committees. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 83rd Academy Awards in February 2011.

Yolanda Toussieng

Yolanda Toussieng (born 1949) is a two-time Oscar-winning makeup artist. Her first win came at the 1993 Academy Awards for Best Makeup for the film Mrs. Doubtfire, which she shared with Greg Cannom and Ve Neill. The second win was at 1994's 67th Academy Awards for the film Ed Wood, a win she shared with Rick Baker and Ve Neill.

She received two more nominations, first during the 2003 Oscars for the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and her fourth nomination was at the 83rd Academy Awards for the film The Way Back.

She also won a Daytime Emmy for Pee-wee's Playhouse in 1988.

She has done over 60 films since 1982.

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