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Oscars 1983: Winners and Nominees of the 55th Academy Awards

Public list by WPS with 47 movies or TV shows/series

These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1983 on 04/11/1983.

The 55th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1983, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau. The awards were dominated by Best Picture winner Gandhi, which won eight awards out of its eleven nominations. Jessica Lange became the first performer in four decades to receive nominations in both acting categories in the same year, ultimately winning Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie. Meryl Streep, Best Actress winner for Sophie's Choice, became the sixth performer to win in both Lead and Supporting categories, just three years after winning Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer. Louis Gossett Jr. became the first African-American actor to win Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the tough and principled drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman. This marked the first of 28 consecutive years where a Barbara Walters interview special aired before the ceremony. Walters had previously aired an interview special in 1981 and, in subsequent years, her special aired prior to the Academy's formal broadcast of celebrities walking the red carpet. It was also the only time George C. Scott attended an Oscars ceremony. ()

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial(1982)

3.8/5 (with 4,089 votes)

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

Rocky III(1982)

PG
| 1h 39min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 1,294 votes)

Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter rival Apollo Creed for a rematch with Lang.

Blade Runner(1982)

R
| 1h 57min | Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 4,850 votes)

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.

Poltergeist(1982)

PG
| 1h 54min | Horror
3.6/5 (with 915 votes)

Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realizes that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it's too late.

Das Boot(1981)

2h 30min | Drama, History, War
4.1/5 (with 656 votes)

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.

Tron(1982)

PG
| 1h 36min | Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
3.3/5 (with 706 votes)

As Kevin Flynn searches for proof that he invented a hit video game, he is 'digitalized' by a laser and finds himself inside 'The Grid', where programs suffer under the tyrannical rule of the Master Control Program (MCP). With the help of a security program called 'TRON', Flynn seeks to free The Grid from the MCP.

Annie(1982)

PG
| 2h 7min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.3/5 (with 229 votes)

An orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks' mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which brings out many frauds.

Gandhi(1982)

PG
| 3h 11min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 752 votes)

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed.

An Officer and a Gentleman(1982)

R
| 2h 4min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 327 votes)

Zack Mayo is an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he arrives at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill Sergeant Emil Foley. Mayo is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart, so Foley rides him mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with a working girl is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself.

Victor/Victoria(1982)

PG
| 2h 12min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 126 votes)

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

The World According to Garp(1982)

R
| 2h 16min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 89 votes)

Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time, and finds herself as a magnet for all manner of distressed women.

Tootsie(1982)

PG
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 550 votes)

When struggling, out of work actor Michael Dorsey secretly adopts a female alter ego - Dorothy Michaels - in order to land a part in a daytime drama, he unwittingly becomes a feminist icon and ends up in a romantic pickle.

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Sophie's Choice(1982)

R
| 2h 31min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 269 votes)

Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In the present, Sophie and Nathan's relationship increasingly unravels as Stingo grows closer to Sophie and Nathan's fragile mental state becomes ever more apparent.

Missing(1982)

PG
| 2h 2min | Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 99 votes)

Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he uncovers a trail of cover-ups that implicate the US State department which supports the right-wing dictatorship.

The Verdict(1982)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 168 votes)

Frank Galvin is a down-on-his-luck lawyer and reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing, when a former associate reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit by serving it to Galvin on a silver platter—all parties are willing to settle out of court. Blundering his way through the preliminaries, Galvin suddenly realizes that the case should actually go to court—to punish the guilty, to get a decent settlement for his clients... and to restore his standing as a lawyer.

Diner(1982)

R
| 1h 50min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 88 votes)

Set in 1959, Diner shows how five young men resist their adulthood and seek refuge in their beloved Diner. The mundane, childish, and titillating details of their lives are shared. But the golden moments pass, and the men shoulder their responsibilities, leaving the Diner behind.

Coup de Torchon(1981)

2h 8min | Drama, Crime, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 40 votes)

In 1938 in the french West Africa, Lucien Cordier is a weak and corrupted policeman despised by the local bad boys. His wife is openly cheating on him and he hasn't got any self-respect anymore. But when comes the occasion, his revenge will be terrible.

Quest for Fire(1981)

1h 40min | Adventure, Drama
3.6/5 (with 146 votes)

A colossal adventure odyssey that turns back the hands of time to the very beginning of man's existence. 80,000 years ago, when man roamed the earth, he was exposed to the many harsh elements of nature. Against the perilous atmosphere of rugged terrain, rival tribes and savage beasts, Quest for Fire examines a peaceful tribe's search for that all important element fire, and the knowledge to create it. Focusing on human dream as well as realistic insights into pre-historic man, the constant struggle for survival is vividly recreated in this sensational production.

The Snowman(1982)

3.8/5 (with 82 votes)

A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes the boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Directed by Dianne Jackson

One from the Heart(1981)

1h 47min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 27 votes)

Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Frannie leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship. Each one of them meets their dream mate, but as bright as they may seem, they are but a stage of lights and colors. Will true love prevail over a seemingly glamorous passion? Welcome to Coppola's Broadway-like romantic musical.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas(1982)

R
| 1h 54min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 47 votes)

The town sheriff and a madame team up to stop a television evangelist from shutting down the local whorehouse, the famed "Chicken Ranch.".

Frances(1982)

2h 20min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 29 votes)

The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

My Favorite Year(1982)

PG
| 1h 32min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 30 votes)

New York City, 1954: Benjy Stone is the junior writer on the top rated variety/comedy show. His idol Alan Swann, an actor with a drinking problem, is to be that week's guest star.

Best Friends(1982)

PG
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends.".

Yes, Giorgio(1982)

PG
| 1h 50min | Music, Drama, Comedy, Romance / Love
1.3/5 (with 3 votes)

A famous opera singer, Giorgio Fini, loses his voice during an American tour. He goes to a female throat specialist, Pamela Taylor, whom he falls in love with.

La traviata(1982)

1h 49min | Drama, Music
3.7/5 (with 8 votes)

This “Traviata” became one of the most succesful of all opera films, especially in France, where 800,000 Parisian cinemagoers flocked to it in the first six week. It was nominated for two Oscars (for production and costume design) and won BAFTAs in those two categories, as well as receiving BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as 1983’s Best Foreign-Language Film.

Tango(1981)

8min | Animation
3.8/5 (with 21 votes)

A static camera observes a room as it slowly fills with thirty-six characters from different stages of life, as they move in loops through an absurd dance of social disconnection.

The Flight of the Eagle(1982)

2h 14min | Adventure, Drama
3.7/5 (with 5 votes)

The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His idea is to launch a polar expedition using a hydrogen balloon, together with two friends. The balloon, "The Eagle", takes off from Svalbard in 1897, but the three men are not heard of again.

If You Love This Planet(1982)

26min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Australian pediatrician Helen Caldicott delivers a lecture on the potential medical and societal consequences of a nuclear war, and advocates for nuclear disarmament. The film includes newsreel records of the beginnings of the arms race and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as film records showing the Japanese who were severely scarred and burned in the bombings.

Directed by Terre Nash

Just Another Missing Kid(1981)

1h 30min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

On July 10, 1978, Eric Wilson - a 19-year from Ottawa and student at Tufts University - left home to drive to a summer college course in Colorado. When he went missing four days afterward in Nebraska, his family tried to persuade local and U.S. police that he wasn't simply a runaway and hadn't simply forgotten to call home. The program examines the lengths to which they had to go to find out what happened to Eric, and the byzantine nature of the legal system which seemed less interested in pursuing justice than in avoiding the expenses involved in the investigation and potential trials.

Directed by John Zaritsky
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