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Friday, March 2, 2018

Academy Awards Flashback #10: 1984

Today we revisit the 56th Academy Awards, which were presented on Monday, April 9, 1984, on ABC (click here for previous Flashbacks).

The telecast begins with the red carpet arrivals of Christie Brinkley, Timothy Hutton, Amy Irving and Steven Spielberg, Jane Powell, Jennifer Beals, Jane Alexander, Matthew Broderick, Roger Moore, Charles Durning, Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine, Dyan Cannon, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Tune and Twiggy, Cher, Glenn Close and others. Quincy Jones conducts the orchestra in an overture of themes from the year's nominated scores (Return of the Jedi, Cross Creek, The Right Stuff, Terms of Endearment, Under Fire). Academy President Gene Allen gives some opening remarks before introducing Johnny Carson, who is the host for a fifth and final time.

Sammy Davis Jr. then introduces Shirley Temple Black, who received the first Academy Juvenile Award at age six for her work in 1934. She gives a shout-out to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (who's in the audience). They starred in 1934's The Gay Divorcee, which featured the first Oscar-winning song, "The Continental".

Ordinary People co-stars Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to Jack Nicholson for his performance in Terms of Endearment.

Kevin Bacon and Daryl Hannah present the Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing to Jay Boekelheide for The Right Stuff.

Cary Grant pays tribute to his late friend David Niven (who died on July 29, 1983) with a clip from the 1974 Oscars with Niven and a streaker. Michael Caine and Jane Alexander then present two Oscars - Best Animated Short Film to Jimmy Picker for Sundae in New York and Best Live Action Short Film to Janice L. Platt for Boys and Girls.

Irene Cara and The National Dance Institute perform her Oscar-nominated song, "Flashdance... What a Feeling" from Flashdance.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joan Collins present highlights from the Scientific and Technical Awards.

Director Robert Wise (who received an Oscar nomination for Film Editing for 1941's Citizen Kane) presents the Oscar for Best Film Editing to Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart and Tom Rolf for The Right Stuff.

Donna Summer performs the Oscar-nominated song, "Papa, Can You Hear Me?", from Yentl.

Christie Brinkley and Michael Keaton present the Oscar for Best Sound to Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Randy Thom and David MacMillan for The Right Stuff. Johnny Carson then introduces Clarence "Ducky" Nash (who provided the voice of Donald Duck from 1934 until his death in 1985).

Joanna Pacula and Anthony Franciosa present the Oscar for Best Cinematography to Sven Nykvist for Fanny & Alexander.

Jennifer Holliday performs "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from Yentl.

John Gavin and Jack Valenti (the President of the Motion Picture Association of America) present the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film to Sweden for Ingmar Bergman's Fanny & Alexander, and the award is accepted by producer Jorn Donner and Bergman's wife Ingrid von Rosen (he was busy directing a play in Europe).

Jack Palance and his daughter, actress Holly Palance, present two Oscars - Best Documentary Short Subject to Cynthia Scott and Adam Symansky for Flamenco at 5:15 and Best Documentary Feature to Emile Ardolino (accompanied on stage by kids from the National Dance Institute) for He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'.

Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong present a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects to Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston and Phil Tippett for Return of the Jedi.

A tap-dancing Tommy Tune and Twiggy present the Oscar for Best Costume Design to Marik Vos for Fanny & Alexander. Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalbán then present the Oscar for Best Art Direction to Anna Asp for Fanny & Alexander.

Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, perform the Oscar-nominated song, "Maniac", from Flashdance.

Jennifer Beals and Matthew Broderick present the Oscar for Best Original Song to Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara for "Flashdance...What a Feeling" (there is no video online of Mac Davis's performance of the fifth nominated song, "Over You", from Tender Mercies).

Gene Kelly and Ray Bolger present the Oscar for Best Original Score to Bill Conti for The Right Stuff. Neil Diamond then presents the Oscar for Best Original Song Score to Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman for Yentl.

Dyan Cannon and Gene Hackman present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to Linda Hunt for her performance in The Year of Living Dangerously (she was the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex).

Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek (their film, The River, would be released on December 19, 1984) present two Oscars - Best Original Screenplay to Horton Foote for Tender Mercies and Best Adapted Screenplay to James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment.

Frank Sinatra presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to film producer M.J. Frankovich (who was married to actress Binnie Barnes from 1940 until his death in 1992).

Richard Attenborough (who won the Best Director Oscar of 1982) presents the Oscar for Best Director to James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment.

Jackie Cooper and George "Spanky" McFarland present an Honorary Award to Hal Roach in recognition of his unparalleled record of distinguished contributions to the motion picture art form (he produced the Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang film comedy series).

Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone (their film, Rhinestone, would be released on June 21, 1984) present the Oscar for Best Actor to Robert Duvall for his performance in Tender Mercies.

Rock Hudson and Liza Minnelli present the Oscar for Best Actress to Shirley MacLaine for her performance in Terms of Endearment.

Director Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life) presents the Oscar for Best Picture to producer James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment.

Johnny Carson ends the evening with a special tribute to Ethel Merman (who died on February 15, 1984) featuring Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minnelli's performance of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (which also includes other presenters and Oscar winners).

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