57th Academy Awards

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57th Academy Awards
Date March 25, 1985
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted by Jack Lemmon
Produced by Gregory Peck
Robert Wise
Larry Gelbart
Gene Allen
Directed by Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Amadeus
Most awards Amadeus (8)
Most nominations Amadeus and A Passage to India (11)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 10 minutes

The 57th Academy Awards were presented March 25, 1985, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. Jack Lemmon presided over the ceremonies.

The big winner at the ceremony was Miloš Forman's Amadeus, which had received 11 nominations and won 8 awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. As of the 90th Academy Awards, Amadeus is the most recent film to receive two lead actor nominations.

The winner of Best Supporting Actor was also significant. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian surgeon who survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, won the award for his performance as Dith Pran in Roland Joffé's The Killing Fields, despite having had no previous acting experience. Ngor and Harold Russell are the only two non-professional actors to win Academy Awards for acting.

Sally Field won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Places in the Heart. In her acceptance speech, she exclaimed, "The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" (often misquoted as "you really like me!")[1]

77-year-old Peggy Ashcroft won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in A Passage to India, making her the oldest winner in that category.

This ceremony marked the first time that multiple black nominees would win an Oscar, when Prince and Stevie Wonder won for their respective work on Purple Rain and The Woman in Red. Additionally, it was the only time that all five nominated songs topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

One of the more notable gaffes in Oscar history occurred during the ceremony. Presenting the Best Picture award, Sir Laurence Olivier forgot to list the nominees and simply tore open the envelope to declare: "Amadeus!". [2] Upon accepting the award on the film's behalf, Producer Saul Zaentz had the presence of mind to mention all the other Best Picture nominees during his thank you speech to make up for Olivier's flub.


Miloš Forman, Best Director winner
F. Murray Abraham, Best Actor winner
Sally Field, Best Actress winner
Haing S. Ngor, Best Supporting Actor winner
Peggy Ashcroft, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[3]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
  • Charade – Jon Minnisdouble-dagger
    • Doctor DeSoto – Morton Schindel and Michael Sporn
    • ParadiseIshu Patel
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score
Best Original Song Best Sound
Best Art Direction Best Costume Design
Best Makeup Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Honorary Academy Awards

  • James Stewart "for his fifty years of memorable performances. For his high ideals both on and off the screen. With the respect and affection of his colleagues."
  • 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."

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Special Achievement Academy Award

Presenters and performers

The following persons, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer for the 57th Academy Awards
Allen, GeneGene Allen (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Hunt, LindaLinda Hunt Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Douglas, MichaelMichael Douglas Presenter of the award for Best Documentary Short
Turner, KathleenKathleen Turner Presenter of the award for Best Documentary Feature
Le Brock, KellyKelly Le Brock
Lonette McKee
Presenters of the award for Best Makeup
Hines, GregoryGregory Hines
Amy Irving
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Ross, DianaDiana Ross
Tom Selleck
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
O'Neal, RyanRyan O'Neal Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Kelly, GeneGene Kelly Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to David L. Wolper
Martin, SteveSteve Martin Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction
Leigh, JanetJanet Leigh Presenter of the Scientific & Technical Awards
Bergen, CandiceCandice Bergen
William Hurt
Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects
Close, GlennGlenn Close Presenter of the Honorary Award to the National Endowment for the Arts
Douglas, KirkKirk Douglas
Burt Lancaster
Presenters of the Writing Awards
Bridges, JeffJeff Bridges
Ann Reinking
Presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Douglas, MichaelMichael Douglas
Kathleen Turner
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song Score
Beals, JenniferJennifer Beals
Glenn Close
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Bridges, JeffJeff Bridges
Ann Reinking
Presenters of the award for Best Animated Short Film
Selleck, TomTom Selleck
Kathleen Turner
Presenters of the award for Best Live Action Short Film
MacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaine Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Hines, GregoryGregory Hines Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Grant, CaryCary Grant Presenter of the Honorary Award to James Stewart
Domingo, PlácidoPlácido Domingo
Faye Dunaway
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Presenter of the award for Best Director
Duvall, RobertRobert Duvall Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Olivier, LaurenceLaurence Olivier Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Conti, BillBill Conti Musical arranger and conductor Orchestral
Parker Jr., RayRay Parker Jr.
Dom DeLuise
Performers "Ghostbusters" from Ghostbusters
Williams, DenieceDeniece Williams Performer "Let's Hear It for the Boy" from Footloose
Reinking, AnnAnn Reinking Performer "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" from Against All Odds
McKee, LonetteLonette McKee
Willie Nelson
Kris Kristofferson
Performers “How Do You Feel about Foolin’ Around?”,
On the Road Again” and
Amazing Grace
Debbie Allen Performer "Footloose" from Footloose
Diana Ross Performer "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red
Academy Awards Orchestra, Academy Awards Orchestra Performers "They Say It's Wonderful" (orchestral) from Annie Get Your Gun during the closing credits

Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ Oscar acceptance speech: Littlereview.com
  2. ^ Oscars: The worst ever gaffes The Guardian
  3. ^ "The 57th Academy Awards (1985) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Here's complete list of this year's Oscar nominees". The Montreal Gazette. AP. 1985-02-07. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 

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