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Oscars 1985: Winners and Nominees of the 57th Academy Awards

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These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1985 on 03/25/1985.

The 57th Academy Awards were presented on March 25, 1985, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, and were hosted by Jack Lemmon. 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 nominees in Best Original Song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While presenting the Best Picture award, Laurence Olivier forgot to list the nominees and simply tore open the envelope to declare: "Amadeus!". Upon accepting the award on the film's behalf, producer Saul Zaentz had the presence of mind to mention the other Best Picture nominees during his speech to make up for Olivier's flub. The Best Picture win for Amadeus was one of the film's leading eight wins, having also won Best Director for Miloš Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham, who beat Tom Hulce to the honor in what would become, as of 2024, the last time two actors from the same film would be nominated in Best Actor. Other winners included The Killing Fields with three awards, A Passage to India and Places in the Heart with two, and Charade, Dangerous Moves, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Purple Rain, The Stone Carvers, The Times of H... ()

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Ghostbusters(1984)

PG
| 1h 47min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 4,110 votes)

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.

Dune(1984)

PG-13
| 2h 17min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
3.1/5 (with 1,217 votes)

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Arrakis—the only place where the space-travel substance Melange 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.

The Karate Kid(1984)

PG
| 2h 6min | Action, Kids & Family, Drama
3.6/5 (with 1,780 votes)

Daniel, a fatherless teenager, arrives in Los Angeles and becomes the object of bullying by a gang of karate students when he strikes up a relationship with Ali, the gang leader’s ex-girlfriend, so Daniel asks Miyagi, a master of martial arts, to help him learn karate.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom(1984)

PG
| 1h 58min | Adventure, Action
3.6/5 (with 4,151 votes)

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees – and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Purple Rain(1984)

R
| 1h 51min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 151 votes)

A victim of his own anger, the Kid is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia. But another musician, Morris, looks to steal the Kid's spotlight -- and his girl.

Splash(1984)

PG
| 1h 51min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 584 votes)

A successful businessman falls in love with the girl of his dreams. There's one big complication though; he's fallen hook, line and sinker for a mermaid.

Amadeus(1984)

R
| 2h 40min | History, Music, Drama
4.0/5 (with 1,824 votes)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri. Resenting Mozart for both his hedonistic lifestyle and his undeniable talent, the highly religious Salieri is gradually consumed by his jealousy and becomes obsessed with Mozart's downfall, leading to a devious scheme that has dire consequences for both men.

Romancing the Stone(1984)

3.4/5 (with 829 votes)

Though she can spin wild tales of passionate romance, novelist Joan Wilder has no life of her own. Then one day adventure comes her way in the form of a mysterious package. It turns out that the parcel is the ransom she'll need to free her abducted sister, so Joan flies to South America to hand it over. But she gets on the wrong bus and winds up hopelessly stranded in the jungle.

Footloose(1984)

PG
| 1h 47min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 875 votes)

When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock after discovering he's living in a place where music and dancing are illegal.

Beverly Hills Cop(1984)

R
| 1h 45min | Action, Comedy, Crime
3.6/5 (with 1,734 votes)

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

The Natural(1984)

PG
| 2h 17min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 254 votes)

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league.

2010(1984)

PG
| 1h 56min | Thriller, Science Fiction
3.3/5 (with 395 votes)

While planet Earth poises on the brink of nuclear self-destruction, a team of Russian and American scientists aboard the Leonov hurtles to a rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery spacecraft and its sole known survivor, the homicidal computer HAL.

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Starman(1984)

3.4/5 (with 358 votes)

When an alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona, the government tries to stop them.

Against All Odds(1984)

2.8/5 (with 76 votes)

She was a beautiful fugitive. Fleeing from corruption. From power. He was a professional athlete past his prime. Hired to find her, he grew to love her. Love turned to obsession. Obsession turned to murder. And now the price of freedom might be nothing less than their lives.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes(1984)

3.2/5 (with 201 votes)

A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. Soon after, a family of apes stumble across the house and in the ensuing panic, both parents are killed. A female ape takes the tiny boy as a replacement for her own dead infant, and raises him as her son. Twenty years later, Captain Phillippe D'Arnot discovers the man who thinks he is an ape. Evidence in the tree house leads him to believe that he is the direct descendant of the Earl of Greystoke, and thus takes it upon himself to return the man to civilization.

The Woman in Red(1984)

PG-13
| 1h 27min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 215 votes)

When a happily married family man, who would never consider an affair, meets a beautiful woman in red, he is totally infatuated and desperate to make her acquaintance. However, as he tries out various schemes to sneak out to meet her, he realizes that adultery is not quite as easy as it looks.

The Killing Fields(1984)

R
| 2h 22min | Drama, History, War
3.8/5 (with 310 votes)

New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg is on assignment covering the Cambodian Civil War, with the help of local interpreter Dith Pran and American photojournalist Al Rockoff. When the U.S. Army pulls out amid escalating violence, Schanberg makes exit arrangements for Pran and his family. Pran, however, tells Schanberg he intends to stay in Cambodia to help cover the unfolding story — a decision he may regret as the Khmer Rouge rebels move in.

The River(1984)

PG
| 2h 2min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 52 votes)

Farming family battles severe storms, a bank threatening to reposses their farm, and other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.

A Passage to India(1984)

PG
| 2h 43min | Drama, Adventure, History
3.4/5 (with 124 votes)

Set during the period of growing influence of the Indian independence movement in the British Raj, the story begins with the arrival in India of a British woman, Miss Adela Quested, who is joining her fiancé, a city magistrate named Ronny Heaslop. She and Ronny's mother, Mrs. Moore, befriend an Indian doctor, Aziz H. Ahmed.

Places in the Heart(1984)

PG
| 1h 51min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 60 votes)

In 1930s Texas, a widow and her family fight to save their home by harvesting cotton.

The Muppets Take Manhattan(1984)

3.2/5 (with 155 votes)

When the Muppets graduate from Danhurst College, they take their song-filled senior revue to New York City, only to learn that it isn't easy to find a producer who's willing to back a show starring a frog and a pig. Of course, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy won't take no for an answer, launching a search for someone to take them to Broadway.

The Pope of Greenwich Village(1984)

R
| 2h 1min | Action, Comedy, Crime
3.2/5 (with 56 votes)

Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department.

The Cotton Club(1984)

R
| 2h 7min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 171 votes)

Harlem's legendary Cotton Club becomes a hotbed of passion and violence as the lives and loves of entertainers and gangsters collide.

Broadway Danny Rose(1984)

1h 24min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 191 votes)

A hapless talent manager named Danny Rose, by helping a client, gets dragged into a love triangle involving the mob. His story is told in flashback, an anecdote shared amongst a group of comedians over lunch at New York's Carnegie Deli. Rose's one-man talent agency represents countless incompetent entertainers, including a one-legged tap dancer, and one slightly talented one: washed-up lounge singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), whose career is on the rebound.

A Soldier's Story(1984)

PG
| 1h 41min | Drama, Mystery, War, Crime
3.4/5 (with 72 votes)

In a rural town in Louisiana, a black Master Sergeant is found shot to death just outside the local Army Base. Military lawyer, Captain Davenport—also a black man—is sent from Washington to conduct an investigation. Facing an uncooperative chain of command and fearful black troops, Davenport must battle with deceit and prejudice in order to find out exactly who really did kill the Master Sergeant.

Swing Shift(1984)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.0/5 (with 27 votes)

In 1941 America Kay and her husband are happy enough until he enlists after Pearl Harbor. Against his wishes, his wife takes a job at the local aircraft plant where she meets Hazel, the singer from across the way the two soon become firm friends and with the other girls become increasingly expert workers. As the war drags on Kay finally dates her trumpet playing foreman and life gets complicated.

The Times of Harvey Milk(1984)

1h 30min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 43 votes)

Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world.

Directed by Rob Epstein - With Harvey Milk, Dan White, George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein, Anne Kronenberg, Tom Ammiano, ...

The Bostonians(1984)

2.5/5 (with 14 votes)

A bored lawyer and a suffragette vie for the attention of a faith healer's charismatic daughter.

Under the Volcano(1984)

R
| 1h 52min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 35 votes)

Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in 1939. The consul's self-destructive behaviour, perhaps a metaphor for a menaced civilization, is a source of perplexity and sadness to his nomadic, idealistic half-brother, Hugh, and his ex-wife, Yvonne, who has returned with hopes of healing Geoffrey and their broken marriage.

El Norte(1983)

2h 21min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 27 votes)

Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.

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