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Oscars 1984: Winners and Nominees of the 56th Academy Awards

Public list by WPS with 46 movies or TV shows/series

These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1984 on 04/09/1984.

The 56th Academy Awards were presented April 9, 1984, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, hosted by Johnny Carson. This ceremony ended with Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minnelli leading the crowd in "There's No Business Like Show Business" in tribute to Ethel Merman, who had died a month and a half before the ceremony. The Award for Best Makeup was not given this year. While this year's ceremony was the first without the recitation of the Academy's voting procedure at the beginning of the telecast — it was moved to the end credits — those of the accounting firm Price Waterhouse who were responsible for tabulating the results and guarding their secrecy were still introduced. Terms of Endearment won five awards, including Best Picture. Other winners included Fanny and Alexander and The Right Stuff with four awards, Tender Mercies with two, and Boys and Girls, Flamenco at 5:15, Flashdance, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin', Sundae in New York, The Year of Living Dangerously, and Yentl with one. ()

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Return of the Jedi(1983)

PG
| 2h 15min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
4.0/5 (with 5,648 votes)

Luke Skywalker leads a mission to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, while the Emperor seeks to destroy the Rebellion once and for all with a second dreaded Death Star.

Trading Places(1983)

R
| 1h 56min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 1,134 votes)

A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Flashdance(1983)

R
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 500 votes)

Alex Owens, a teen juggling between two odd jobs, aspires to become a successful ballet dancer. Nick, who is her boss and lover, supports and encourages her to fulfil her dream.

Blue Thunder(1983)

R
| 1h 50min | Drama, Action, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 145 votes)

Los Angeles, California. Officer Murphy, a veteran Metropolitan Police helicopter pilot suffering from severe trauma due to his harsh experiences during the Vietnam War, and Lymangood, his resourceful new partner, are tasked with testing an advanced and heavily armed experimental chopper known as Blue Thunder.

WarGames(1983)

3.6/5 (with 611 votes)

High School student David Lightman has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions. Together with his girlfriend and a wizardly computer genius, David must race against time to outwit his opponent and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

Terms of Endearment(1983)

PG
| 2h 12min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 258 votes)

Aurora, a finicky woman, is in search of true love while her daughter faces marital issues. Together, they help each other deal with problems and find reasons to live a joyful life.

Mickey's Christmas Carol(1983)

3.8/5 (with 312 votes)

It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, featuring Scrooge McDuck as his namesake and inspiration Ebenezer Scrooge and Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit. This film was based on a 1972 audio musical entitled Disney's A Christmas Carol. It is a twenty-four minute animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions as an accompaniment to a re-release of The Rescuers.

Directed by Burny Mattinson

Educating Rita(1983)

PG
| 1h 50min | Drama, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 54 votes)

Rita, a witty 26-year-old hairdresser, wants to 'discover' herself so she joins an Open University where she meets the disillusioned professor of literature, Dr. Frank Bryant. His marriage has failed, his new girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whisky. What Frank needs is a challenge... and along comes Rita.

Directed by Lewis Gilbert - With Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman

The Right Stuff(1983)

PG
| 3h 13min | History, Drama
3.8/5 (with 289 votes)

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra.

To Be or Not to Be(1983)

PG
| 1h 47min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 67 votes)

A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when Poland is invaded by the Germans in World War II. His wife has the habit of entertaining young polish officers while he's on stage, which is also a source of depression to him. When one of her officers comes back on a Secret Mission, the actor takes charge and comes up with a plan for them to escape.

Silkwood(1983)

R
| 2h 11min | Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 102 votes)

The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.

Zelig(1983)

PG
| 1h 19min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 296 votes)

Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth, and others.

Directed by Woody Allen - With Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow, Bruno Bettelheim, Josephine Baker, ...
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The Big Chill(1983)

R
| 1h 45min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 176 votes)

Seven old college friends gather for a weekend reunion after the funeral of one of their own.

Under Fire(1983)

R
| 2h 8min | War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 46 votes)

Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.

Yentl(1983)

PG
| 2h 12min | Music, Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 69 votes)

Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl, despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith -- so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.

The Year of Living Dangerously(1982)

PG
| 1h 55min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.4/5 (with 97 votes)

Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There—on the eve of an attempted coup—he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people, and also falls in love with a British national.

Fanny and Alexander(1982)

R
| 3h 8min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 244 votes)

As children in the loving Ekdahl family, Fanny and Alexander enjoy a happy life with their parents, who run a theater company. After their father dies unexpectedly, however, the siblings end up in a joyless home when their mother, Emilie, marries a stern bishop. The bleak situation gradually grows worse as the bishop becomes more controlling, but dedicated relatives make a valiant attempt to aid Emilie, Fanny and Alexander.

The Return of Martin Guerre(1982)

1h 47min | Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 34 votes)

Village of Artigat, southern France, summer 1542, during the reign of Francis I. Martin Guerre and Bertrande de Rols marry. A few years later, accused of having committed a robbery, Martin suddenly disappears. When, almost a decade later, a man arrives in Artigat claiming to be Martin, the Guerre family recognizes him as such; but doubts soon arise about his true identity.

Never Cry Wolf(1983)

PG
| 1h 45min | Adventure, Drama, Action
3.6/5 (with 40 votes)

A scientific researcher, sent on a government study: The Lupus Project, must investigate the possible "menace" of wolves in the north. To do so, he must survive in the wilderness for six months on his own. In the course of these events, he learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the wolf species. Based on the book and true story by Farley Mowat.

Tender Mercies(1983)

PG
| 1h 32min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 32 votes)

Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.

The Sting II(1983)

1h 42min | Comedy, Crime
2.3/5 (with 14 votes)

Hooker and Gondorf pull a con on Macalinski, an especially nasty mob boss with the help of Veronica, a new grifter. They convince this new victim that Hooker is a somewhat dull boxer who is tired of taking dives for Gondorf. There is a ringer. Lonigan, their victim from the first movie, is setting them up to take the fall.

Entre Nous(1983)

1h 50min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the Liberation she meets an actor, gets pregnant, and marries him. Lena and Madeleine meet at their children's school in Lyon in 1952 and the intensity of their relationship strains both their marriages to the breaking point.

Testament(1983)

PG
| 1h 30min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 33 votes)

It is just another day in the small town of Hamlin until something disastrous happens. Suddenly, news breaks that a series of nuclear warheads has been dropped along the Eastern Seaboard and, more locally, in California. As people begin coping with the devastating aftermath of the attacks — many suffer radiation poisoning — the Wetherly family tries to survive.

The Dresser(1983)

PG
| 1h 58min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 17 votes)

In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his backstage efforts rival the pathos in the story of Lear and the Fool that is being presented on-stage, as the situation comes to a crisis.

Reuben, Reuben(1983)

3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Based on a novel by Peter De Vries. Story of an alcoholic, lecherous Scottish poet on a tour of New England Universities, where he goes from one bed and bottle to another.

Betrayal(1983)

1h 35min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 6 votes)

Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best friend; the entire story is told from the husband's point of view, with the scenes in precise reverse chronological order. Written by Dan Hartung.

Heart Like a Wheel(1983)

PG
| 1h 53min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her family life, she perseveres in her dream.

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists(1983)

1h 40min | History, Documentary
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Documentary about the US Communist Party and the people involved in it.

Children of Darkness(1983)

57min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

A significant number of American children and teenagers - from all social backgrounds - suffer from mental disorders, schizophrenia, autism and emotional problems, leading them to isolation from society while treating their issues in mental health facilities. But there's no end in sight for those young individuals when they face obstacles and mistreatment in inadequate places under the supervision of careless and inexperienced professionals. The documentary follows some of those public mental institutions and another private center dealing with troubled kids and reveals what's wrong with their procedures, and the irreparable harm they cause in those patients.

Directed by Ara Chekmayan, Richard Kotuk

Le Bal(1983)

1h 50min | Music, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 20 votes)

The 50 year story of a ballroom in France, from the 1920s. The people who go there is always the same, even the musicians. You can see all kind of people dancing all the fashion dances (depending on the age).

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