The 57th Academy Awards were presented March 25, 1985, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. Jack Lemmon presided over the ceremonies. 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.
|57th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 25, 1985|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Hosted by||Jack Lemmon|
|Produced by||Gregory Peck|
|Directed by||Marty Pasetta|
|Most awards||Amadeus (8)|
|Most nominations||Amadeus and A Passage to India (11)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 10 minutes|
Amadeus won eight awards, including Best Picture. 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 Harvey Milk, Up, and The Woman in Red with one.
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.
Honorary Academy AwardsEdit
- James Stewart "for his fifty years of memorable performances. For his high ideals both on and off the screen. With the respect and affection of his colleagues."
- National Endowment for the Arts "in recognition of its 20th anniversary and its dedicated commitment to fostering artistic and creative activity and excellence in every area of the arts."
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardEdit
Special Achievement Academy AwardEdit
Presenters and performersEdit
The following persons, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Bill Conti||Musical arranger and conductor||Orchestral|
|Ray Parker Jr.
|Performers||"Ghostbusters" from Ghostbusters|
|Deniece Williams||Performer||"Let's Hear It for the Boy" from Footloose|
|Ann Reinking||Performer||"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" from Against All Odds|
|Performers||“How Do You Feel about Foolin’ Around?”, |
“On the Road Again” and
|Debbie Allen||Performer||"Footloose" from Footloose|
|Diana Ross||Performer||"I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red|
|Academy Awards Orchestra||Performers||"They Say It's Wonderful" (orchestral) from Annie Get Your Gun during the closing credits|
Multiple nominations and awardsEdit
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
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