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Oscars 1989: Winners and Nominees of the 61st Academy Awards

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These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1989 on 03/29/1989.

The 61st Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1988, and took place on Wednesday, March 29, 1989, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 23 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Allan Carr and directed by Jeff Margolis. Ten days earlier, in a ceremony held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Angie Dickinson. Rain Man won four awards, including the Best Picture. Other winners included Who Framed Roger Rabbit with four awards, Dangerous Liaisons with three, and The Accused, The Accidental Tourist, A Fish Called Wanda, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, Beetlejuice, Bird, Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, The Milagro Beanfield War, Mississippi Burning, Pelle the Conqueror, Tin Toy, Working Girl, and You Don't Have to Die with one. The telecast garnered over 42 million viewers in the United States, making the most viewed ceremony up to that point until it surpassed by the 70th Academy Awards in 1998, which garnered a ... ()

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Beetlejuice(1988)

PG
| 1h 32min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 2,421 votes)

Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he's got a diabolical agenda of his own.

Die Hard(1988)

R
| 2h 11min | Action, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 4,273 votes)

NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988)

3.8/5 (with 2,124 votes)

'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.

Coming to America(1988)

R
| 1h 57min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 1,612 votes)

An African prince decides it’s time for him to find a princess... and his mission leads him and his most loyal friend to Queens, New York. In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince quickly finds himself a new job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and lots of trouble.

Rain Man(1988)

R
| 2h 14min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 2,313 votes)

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

The Last Temptation of Christ(1988)

R
| 2h 44min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 343 votes)

Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the savior of mankind torments Jesus throughout his life, leading him to doubt.

Big(1988)

3.6/5 (with 1,342 votes)

When a young boy makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big—he wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown-ups including getting a job and having his first romantic encounter with a woman.

Willow(1988)

PG
| 2h 6min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 647 votes)

The evil Queen Bavmorda hunts the newborn princess Elora Danan, a child prophesied to bring about her downfall. When the royal infant is found by Willow, a timid farmer and aspiring sorcerer, he's entrusted with delivering her from evil.

A Fish Called Wanda(1988)

R
| 1h 49min | Comedy, Crime
3.7/5 (with 776 votes)

A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.

Stand and Deliver(1988)

PG
| 1h 43min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 102 votes)

Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students.

Tequila Sunrise(1988)

R
| 1h 55min | Crime, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 164 votes)

In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon Nick's loyalties are put to the test when he begins an affair with restaurateur Jo Ann -- a love interest of Mac's -- unwittingly leading his friend into a police-orchestrated trap.

The Accused(1988)

R
| 1h 51min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 186 votes)

After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

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Dangerous Liaisons(1988)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 404 votes)

In 18th century France, Marquise de Merteuil asks her ex-lover Vicomte de Valmont to seduce the future wife of another ex-lover of hers in return for one last night with her. Yet things don’t go as planned.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown(1988)

1h 28min | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 279 votes)

Pepa resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a deliciously chaotic series of events.

Mississippi Burning(1988)

R
| 2h 8min | Thriller, Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 550 votes)

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his partner, a former sheriff.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being(1988)

R
| 2h 51min | Comedy, Romance / Love, Drama
3.6/5 (with 145 votes)

Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet invasion occurs, all three flee to Switzerland. Sabina begins an affair, Tom continues womanizing, and Tereza, disgusted, returns to Czechoslovakia. Realizing his mistake, Tomas decides to chase after her.

Scrooged(1988)

PG-13
| 1h 41min | Fantasy, Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 509 votes)

Frank Cross is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life. But after firing staff member Eliot Loudermilk on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.

Running on Empty(1988)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Drama, Crime, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 99 votes)

The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been on the run with the authorities never far behind.

Bull Durham(1988)

R
| 1h 48min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 195 votes)

Veteran catcher Crash Davis is brought to the minor league Durham Bulls to help their up and coming pitching prospect, "Nuke" Laloosh. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start and is further complicated when baseball groupie Annie Savoy sets her sights on the two men.

Working Girl(1988)

R
| 1h 54min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 325 votes)

Tess McGill is an ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success. When her classy, but villainous boss breaks a leg skiing, Tess takes over her office, her apartment and even her wardrobe. She creates a deal with a handsome investment banker that will either take her to the top, or finish her off for good.

Married to the Mob(1988)

R
| 1h 44min | Comedy, Crime, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 86 votes)

Angela de Marco is fed up with her gangster husband's line of work and wants no part of the crime world. When her husband is killed for having an affair with the mistress of mob boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo, Angela and her son depart for New York City to make a fresh start. Unfortunately, Tony has set his sights upon Angela -- and so has an undercover FBI agent looking to use her to bust Tony.

Beaches(1988)

PG-13
| 2h 3min | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 89 votes)

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.

Pelle the Conqueror(1987)

2h 37min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 50 votes)

In the late 19th century, two Swedish emigrants, Lasse Karlsson and his son Pelle, arrive on the Danish island of Bornholm hoping to find work on a farm and save enough money to travel to the United States of America.

Gorillas in the Mist(1988)

PG-13
| 2h 9min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 205 votes)

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

The Accidental Tourist(1988)

PG
| 2h 1min | Drama, Romance / Love, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 75 votes)

After the death of his son, travel writer Macon Leary seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife is having similar problems. They separate, and Macon meets a strange, outgoing woman who brings him 'back down to earth', but his wife soon thinks their marriage is still worth another try.

Tin Toy(1988)

3.2/5 (with 156 votes)

Babies are hardly monster-like, unless you're a toy. After escaping a drooling baby, Tinny realizes that he wants to be played with after all. But in the amount of time it takes him to discover this, the baby's attention moves on to other things only an infant could find interesting.

Directed by John Lasseter

Bagdad Cafe(1987)

1h 35min | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 128 votes)

A surreal comedy depicting a diverse cast of characters and the changes they undergo as the German tourist Jasmin interacts with each of them at a remote truck stop in the middle of the Mojave desert.

Bird(1988)

R
| 2h 41min | Drama, Music
3.5/5 (with 92 votes)

Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.

Directed by Clint Eastwood - With Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Samuel E. Wright, Keith David, Bill Cobbs, James Handy, ...

Evil Angels(1988)

PG-13
| 2h | Drama
3.4/5 (with 67 votes)

Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain who, during a family camping trip to Ayers Rock in central Australia, claimed she witnessed a dingo take her baby daughter, Azaria, from their tent. Azaria's body was never found and, after investigations and two public inquests, she is charged with murder.

Tucker: The Man and His Dream(1988)

PG
| 1h 51min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 132 votes)

Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1945. Engineer Preston Tucker dreams of designing the car of future, but his innovative envision will be repeatedly sabotaged by his own unrealistic expectations and the Detroit automobile industry tycoons.

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