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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Academy Awards Flashback #4: 1983

Today we revisit the 55th Academy Awards, which were presented on April 11, 1983, on ABC (click here for previous Flashbacks).

Hosts Walter Matthau, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore and Richard Pryor open the awards with a performance of "It All Comes Down to This". Academy President Fay Kanin then gives some opening remarks, and John Moschitta explains the voting rules with his rapid speech delivery.

Luise Rainer and Jack Valenti (the president of the Motion Picture Association of America) present the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film to Spain for Volver a Empezar (Begin the Beguine), which is accepted by director José Luis Garci.

Susan Sarandon and Christopher Reeve present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to Louis Gossett, Jr. for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman.

Jane Russell and Cornel Wilde present (and accept) the Oscar for Best Makeup to Sarah Monzani and Michèle Burke for Quest for Fire.

Matt Dillon and Kristy McNichol present the Oscars for Best Animated Short to Zbigniew Rybczynski for Tango and for Best Live Action Short to Christine Oestreicher for A Shocking Accident.

Dyan Cannon presents highlights from the Scientific & Technical Awards.

Charlton Heston presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to producer Walter Mirisch. Liza Minnelli then introduces Dudley Moore, who introduces presenters Cher and Plácido Domingo.

Cher and Plácido Domingo present the Oscars for Best Original Score to John Williams for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and for Best Adaptation Score to Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse for Victor/Victoria.

Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes perform (with the University of Southern California NROTC Midshipmen) their nominated song, "Up Where We Belong" from An Officer and a Gentleman.

Steve Guttenberg and Ann Reinking present the Oscar for Best Costume Design to John Mollo and Bhanu Athaiya for Gandhi.

Eddie Murphy and Elizabeth McGovern present the Oscar for Best Visual Effects to Carlo Rambaldi, Dennis Muren, and Kenneth F. Smith for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Carl Weathers present the Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing to Charles L. Campbell and Ben Burtt for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (unfortunately, there is no video online of JoBeth Williams and producer David L. Wolper presenting the Oscars for Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short).

Dudley Moore introduces Richard Pryor, who introduces Margot Kidder and William Shatner to present the Oscar for Best Art Direction to Stuart Craig, Bob Laing and Michael Seirton for Gandhi. Nastassja Kinski and Michael Keaton then present the Oscar for Best Cinematography to Billy Williams and Ronnie Taylor for Gandhi.

Bob Hope presents an Honorary Oscar to Mickey Rooney in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances.

David Keith and Lisa Eilbacher present the Oscar for Best Sound to Robert Knudson, Robert Glass, Don Digirolamo and Gene Cantamessa for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Bernadette Peters and Peter Allen perform a musical tribute to Irving Berlin (with costumes by Bob Mackie).

Richard Pryor introduces Walter Matthau, who introduces Raquel Welch and Tom Selleck to present the Oscar for Best Film Editing to John Bloom for Gandhi.

Melissa Manchester performs the nominated song, "If We Were in Love" from Yes, Giorgio.

Olivia Newton-John presents the Oscar for Best Original Song to Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Will Jennings for "Up Where We Belong" from An Officer and a Gentleman (there is no video online of the three other nominated songs - "Eye of the Tiger" from Rocky III, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" from Best Friends, and "It Might Be You" from Tootsie).

Robert Mitchum and Sigourney Weaver present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to Jessica Lange for her performance in Tootsie.

Screenwriter Philip Dunne presents the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay to John Briley for Gandhi and for Best Adapted Screenplay to Costa-Gavras and Donald Stewart for Missing.

Sylvester Stallone presents the Oscar for Best Actress to Meryl Streep for her performance in Sophie's Choice.

John Travolta presents the Oscar for Best Actor to Ben Kingsley for his performance in Gandhi.

Director Billy Wilder presents the Oscar for Best Director to Richard Attenborough for Gandhi. Carol Burnett then presents the Oscar for Best Picture to producer Richard Attenborough for Gandhi.

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