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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. The Best Supporting Actress winner this year was unique; Linda Hunt won for her role as Billy Kwan – a male Chinese-Australian photographer – in Peter Weir's The Year of Living Dangerously, making her the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. Gordon Willis, a respected cinematographer most famous for his work on The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and Woody Allen's Manhattan, received his first Best Cinematography nomination for Zelig. Joe I. Tompkins was the first African-American to be nominated in Best Costume Design. James L. Brooks won three Academy Awards, as producer, director and writer of Best Picture winner Terms of Endearment. Of its other eight nominations, two were for Best Actress; Shirley MacLaine won over Debra Winger in that category. The movie won five Oscars in total, the fifth being Jack Nicholson for Best Supporting Actor, his second career win. 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 performance occurred over the closing credits... ()

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Return of the Jedi(1983)

PG
| 2h 15min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
4.0/5 (with 5,191 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.

Mickey's Christmas Carol(1983)

3.8/5 (with 267 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

WarGames(1983)

PG
| 1h 54min | Thriller, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 551 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.

Trading Places(1983)

R
| 1h 56min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 995 votes)

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

Blue Thunder(1983)

3.1/5 (with 131 votes)

Officer Frank Murphy, an experienced LAPD helicopter pilot, is given command of the advanced new "Blue Thunder" chopper. But he begins to wonder why the LAPD would need a helicopter so powerful and why it is such a secret.

Yentl(1983)

PG
| 2h 12min | Music, Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 63 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 Right Stuff(1983)

PG
| 3h 13min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 260 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.

Flashdance(1983)

R
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 458 votes)

The popular 1980s dance movie that depicts the life of an exotic dancer with a side job as a welder whose true desire is to get into ballet school. It’s her dream to be a professional dancer and now is her chance.

The Year of Living Dangerously(1982)

PG
| 1h 55min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.4/5 (with 92 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.

Educating Rita(1983)

PG
| 1h 50min | Drama, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 48 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

Terms of Endearment(1983)

PG
| 2h 12min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 233 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.

Fanny and Alexander(1982)

R
| 3h 8min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 210 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.

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Zelig(1983)

PG
| 1h 19min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 269 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, ...

Silkwood(1983)

R
| 2h 11min | Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 97 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.

The Big Chill(1983)

R
| 1h 45min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 166 votes)

A couple's marital troubles are put on hold while they host an unhappy reunion of former college pals gathered for the funeral of one of their own, a suicide victim named Alex. As the weekend unfolds, the friends catch up with each other, play the music of their youth, reminisce, smoke marijuana, and pair off with each other.

Tender Mercies(1983)

PG
| 1h 32min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 28 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.

Never Cry Wolf(1983)

PG
| 1h 45min | Adventure, Drama, Action
3.6/5 (with 36 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.

To Be or Not to Be(1983)

PG
| 1h 47min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 62 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. remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 black comedy with the same name.

Under Fire(1983)

R
| 2h 8min | War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 41 votes)

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

The Sting II(1983)

1h 42min | Comedy, Crime
2.2/5 (with 13 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.

Heart Like a Wheel(1983)

PG
| 1h 53min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 7 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.

The Dresser(1983)

PG
| 1h 58min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 16 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.

The Return of Martin Guerre(1982)

1h 47min | Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 31 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.

Testament(1983)

PG
| 1h 30min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 30 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.

Reuben, Reuben(1983)

3.5/5 (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
3.6/5 (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.

Le Bal(1983)

1h 50min | History, Music
3.6/5 (with 18 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).

Entre Nous(1983)

1h 50min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 12 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.

Cross Creek(1983)

3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

Carmen(1983)

3.4/5 (with 18 votes)

While rehearing Carmen of Bizet, the middle-aged choreographer Antonio brings the sexy Carmen to perform the lead role. Antonio falls in love for Carmen, who is an independent and seductive woman incapable to accept a possessive love. When Carmen has an affair with another dancer, Antonio is consumed by his jealousy like D. José in the original opera, entwining fiction with reality.

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