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Monday, February 26, 2018

Academy Awards Flashback #8: 1985

Today we revisit the 57th Academy Awards, which were presented on Monday, March 25, 1985, on ABC (click here for previous Flashbacks).

The telecast begins with the red carpet arrivals of Diana Ross, Candice Bergen and Louis Malle, Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant, Ron Howard, Michael Douglas, Prince, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Beals, Sally Field, Glenn Close, Sissy Spacek and others. Host Jack Lemmon welcomes everyone and introduces Academy President Gene Allen, who gives some opening remarks. Lemmon's co-hosts are then introduced - Candice Bergen, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Gregory Hines, William Hurt, Amy Irving, Diana Ross, Tom Selleck and Kathleen Turner.

Linda Hunt (who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar of 1983) presents the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to Haing S. Ngor for his performance in The Killing Fields.

Michael Douglas presents the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject to Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner for The Stone Carvers.

Kathleen Turner presents the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature to Robert Epstein and Richard Schmiechen for The Times of Harvey Milk.

Ray Parker Jr. performs (with Dom DeLuise) his Oscar-nomiated song, "Ghostbusters", from Ghostbusters (it was the first and only time that all five nominated songs topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

Lonette McKee (1984's The Cotton Club) and Kelly LeBrock (1984's The Woman in Red) present the Oscar for Best Makeup to Paul LeBlanc and Dick Smith for Amadeus. Gregory Hines and Amy Irving then present the Oscar for Best Sound to Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Todd Boekelheide and Chris Newman for Amadeus.

Diana Ross and Tom Selleck present and accept the Oscar for Best Cinematography to Chris Menges for The Killing Fields.

Ryan O'Neal presents the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to 77-year-old Peggy Ashcroft (the oldest winner in this category) for her performance in A Passage to India, and Angela Lansbury accepts the award on her behalf.

Gene Kelly presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to producer David L. Wolper.

Steve Martin presents the Oscar for Best Art Direction to Patrizia Von Brandenstein and Karel Cerny for Amadeus.

Janet Leigh presents highlights from the Scientific and Technical Awards.

Candice Bergen and William Hurt.present the Oscar for Best Visual Effects to Dennis Muren, Michael McAlister, Lorne Peterson and George Gibbs for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Ann Reinking performs the third nominated song, Phil Collins' "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", from Against All Odds (there is no video online of Deniece Williams' performance of the second nominated song - "Let's Hear It for the Boy" from Footloose).

Glenn Close presents an Honorary Award to the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of its 20th anniversary and its dedicated commitment to fostering artistic and creative activity and excellence in every area of the arts.

Michael Douglas introduces his father, Kirk Douglas, and Burt Lancaster, who present two Oscars - Best Original Screenplay to Robert Benton for Places in the Heart and Best Adapted Screenplay to Peter Shaffer for Amadeus.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson perform Kristofferson's song, "How Do You Feel About Foolin' Around", from his and Nelson's Oscar-nominated album to their 1984 film, Songwriter. They also perform Nelson's "On the Road Again" and - with Lonette McKee - "Amazing Grace".

Jeff Bridges and Ann Reinking present the Oscar for Best Original Score to Maurice Jarre for A Passage to India.

Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner present the Oscar for Best Original Song Score to Prince (accompanied by Lisa and Wendy) for Purple Rain.

Glenn Close and Jennifer Beals present the Oscar for Best Costume Design (with a little help from an elephant) to Theodor Pistek for Amadeus.

Debbie Allen performs the Oscar-nominated song, "Footloose", from Footloose.

Jeff Bridges and Ann Reinking present the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film to Jon Minnis for Charade. Tom Selleck and Kathleen Turner then present the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film to Mike Hoover for Up.

Shirley MacLaine (who won the Best Actress Oscar of 1983) presents the Oscar for Best Actor to F. Murray Abraham for his performance in Amadeus.

Diana Ross performs Stevie Wonder's Oscar-nominated song, "I Just Called to Say I Love You", from The Woman in Red.

Gregory Hines presents the Oscar for Best Original Song to Stevie Wonder for "I Just Called To Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red.

Cary Grant presents an Honorary Oscar to actor Jimmy Stewart for his fifty years of memorable performances.

Faye Dunaway and Plácido Domingo present the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film to Switzerland (and producer Arthur Cohn) for Dangerous Moves.

Steven Spielberg presents the Oscar for Best Director to Milos Forman for Amadeus.

Robert Duvall (who won the Best Actor Oscar for 1983) presents the Oscar for Best Actress to Sally Field for her performance in Places in the Heart.

Laurence Olivier presents the Oscar for Best Picture to producer Saul Zaentz for Amadeus. Jack Lemmon then bids everyone a good night.


Glenn Gaylord said...

I am obsessed with the Oscar posts. I could watch these until the end of time.

Deep Dish said...

Glad you're enjoying the Oscar posts, Glenn!