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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Academy Awards Flashback #6: 1989

In honor of the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, I'm revisiting five more Oscar ceremonies from the past (click here to see last year's posts). We begin with the 61st Academy Awards, which were presented on Wednesday, March 29, 1989, on ABC. Instead of hiring a host, producer Allan Carr (Grease, Grease 2, Can't Stop the Music) decided to feature presenters who had a personal or work-related connection.

The telecast begins with the red carpet arrivals of Jodie Foster, Tom Selleck, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Archer, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Robin Williams, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, Lucille Ball, Jacqueline Bisset, Meryl Streep and others.

Inspired by Steve Silver's long-running San Francisco musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon, the infamous opening number features actress Eileen Bowman as Snow White and TV host Merv Griffin, who sings a rendition of "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" and introduces some Hollywood stars, including Buddy Rogers, Alice Faye, Tony Martin and Cyd Charisse, Dorothy Lamour, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and Vincent Price and Coral Browne. Bowman and Rob Lowe then sing a parody of "Proud Mary", and Lily Tomlin makes a grand entrance at the end.

Academy President Richard Kahn welcomes everyone to the awards, and Tom Selleck then introduces Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (they remarried on June 26, 1989), who present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to Geena Davis for her performance in The Accidental Tourist.

Jane Fonda presents the first Best Picture segment (Rain Man) and then introduces Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak (they co-starred in 1958's Vertigo), who present two Oscars - Best Sound to Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Vern Poore and Willie D. Burton for Bird and Best Sound Effects Editing to Charles L. Campbell and Louis L. Edemann for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey, Jr. (their film, Chances Are, opened on March 10, 1989) present the Oscar for Best Makeup to Ve Neill, Steve La Porte and Robert Short for Beetlejuice.

Patrick Swayze presents a film tribute to 1950s movie musicals and then presents (and accepts) the Oscar for Best Original Score to Dave Grusin for The Milagro Beanfield War.

Olivia Newton-John introduces father and son Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, who present an Honorary Award to the National Film Board of Canada in recognition of its 50th anniversary.

Anjelica Huston presents the second Best Picture segment (Mississippi Burning) and then introduces the film's stars, Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, who present the Oscar for Best Art Direction to Stuart Craig and Gerard James for Dangerous Liaisons.

Bo Derek and Dudley Moore (they co-starred in 1979's 10) present the Oscar for Best Costume Design to James Acheson for Dangerous Liaisons.

Billy Crystal (who would host the Oscars for the first time in 1990) presents a tribute to movie tap dancers and a montage of Best Original Song performances (none of the three nominated songs were performed live). He then introduces Sammy Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines (their film, Tap, opened on February 10, 1989), who present the Oscar for Best Original Song to Carly Simon for "Let The River Run" from Working Girl.

Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bisset (they co-starred in 1981's Rich and Famous) and Jack Valenti (the president of the Motion Picture Association of America) present the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film to Denmark for Pelle the Conqueror.

Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Roger Moore (Connery and Caine both won Best Supporting Actor Oscars and co-starred in 1975's The Man Who Would Be King, while Connery and Moore both played James Bond) present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to Kevin Kline for his performance in A Fish Called Wanda.

Lloyd Bridges and his sons, Jeff and Beau Bridges, present the Oscar for Best Visual Effects to Ken Ralston, Richard Williams, Edward Jones and George Gibbs for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Walter Matthau introduces Lucille Ball (in her final public appearance) and Bob Hope, who receive a standing ovation. They then introduce a performance of "I Wanna Be an Oscar Winner" featuring 19 "Oscar winners of tomorrow" - Blair Underwood, Holly Robinson, Joely Fisher, Keith Coogan, Patrick O'Neal Jr., Tyrone Power Jr., Carrie Hamilton, Ricki Lake,  Tricia Leigh Fisher, Corey Feldman, Patrick Dempsey, Corey Parker, Chad Lowe, Tracy Nelson, D.A. Pawley, Christian Slater, Savion Glover, Melora Hardin and Matt Lattanzi (so far none of them have won an Oscar).

Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum (they were married from 1987-90) present the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject to William Guttentag and Malcolm Clarke for You Don’t Have to Die. Edward James Olmos and Max von Sydow (they both were nominated for Best Actor Oscars) then present the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature to Marcel Ophuls for Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie.

Robin Williams and Charles Fleischer (the voice of Roger Rabbit) present an Academy Special Achievement Award to Richard Williams for the animation direction of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Demi Moore and Bruce Willis (they were married from 1987-2000) present the Oscar for Best Cinematography to.Peter Biziou for Mississippi Burning.

Carrie Fisher and Martin Short present two Oscars - Best Animated Short Film to John Lasseter and William Reeves for Tin Toy and Best Live Action Short Film to Dean Parisot and Steven Wright for The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.

Michael Douglas (who won the Best Actor Oscar of 1987) presents the Oscar for Best Actor to Dustin Hoffman for his performance in Rain Man.

Ali MacGraw presents the fifth and final Best Picture segment featuring Working Girl (the Best Picture segments for The Accidental Tourist and Dangerous Liaisons are not online). She then introduces her Love Story co-star Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett (they were in a relationship from 1979-97 and 2001-09), who present the Oscar fro Best Film Editing to Arthur Schmidt for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Angie Dickinson presents highlights from the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards, which she hosted on March 19, 1989, at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving (they co-starred in 1980's The Competition) present the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay to Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow for Rain Man. Dennis Quaid and Michelle Pfeiffer then present the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay to Christopher Hampton for Dangerous Liaisons.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell (they fell in love while filming Swing Shift in 1983) present the Oscar for Best Director to Barry Levinson for Rain Man.

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman (the stars of Rain Man) present the Oscar for Best Actress to Jodie Foster for her performance in The Accused.

Cher (who won the Best Actress Oscar of 1987) presents the Oscar for Best Picture to producer Mark Johnson for Rain Man.

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