The Academy Awards

The 56th Annual Academy Awards

Season 56, Ep 1, Aired 4/9/84
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  • Episode Description
  • The 56th Annual Academy Awards were held on April 9, 1984 from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Music Center. Johnny Carson hosted the awards ceremony. Presenters included John Gavin, Frank Capra, Jane Powell, Tommy Tune, Jack Palance, Dolly Parton, Jane Alexander, and Jackie Cooper. Among the performers were Donna Summer, Jennifer Holliday, Lani Hall, Tom McCaffrey, and Bonnie Tyler. (Click here to see List of Nominees and Winners.)

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jane Alexander (I)

    Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role/Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film

  • Herb Alpert

    Himself - Performer

  • Richard Attenborough

    Himself - Presenter: Best Director

  • Kevin Bacon

    Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Editing

  • Jennifer Beals

    Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • James L. Brooks: This community -- it took a long time to get the picture made and this community has been generous to this picture from long before it was made, when we were trying to get it done. I want to acknowledge my co-producers Penney Finkelman and Martin Jurow. My friends were unfailing through this thing cause it was the kind of experience where you wouldn't have made it without your friends. I want to tell you that Debra Winger worked on this picture in countless ways for about a year with as much as a person can give to a picture. There was a lot about, you know, every studio turning it down. I think it's much more significant that a Hollywood studio made it, and that Hollywood studio was flexible, and that the studio ended up happy that it made it -- I think that's significant, too, that there was an audience for this picture. I want to thank Barry Diller and Michael Eisner, Frank Mancuso, and Jeff Katzenberg, and Larry Marks. And this is an extraordinary evening for us. There is no way to express the gratitude. Thank you very much.

    • Shirley MacLaine: I'm gonna cry because this show has been as long as my career. I have wondered for twenty-six years what this would feel like. Thank you so much for terminating the suspense. Oh my, I am nervous. I'm not going to thank everybody I've ever met in my entire life -- although, with the way my mind has been going lately probably everybody I've ever met in my entire life and in the other life I might have had had something to do with this. You know, if "Terms of Endearment" had happened to me five years ago, I think I would have called it a thrilling, commercial, artistic accident. But I don't believe that anymore. I don't believe there's any such thing as accident. I think that we all manifest what we want and what we need. I don't think there's any difference really between what you feel you have to do in your heart and success. They're inseparable. Jim Brooks deeply wanted to make a film about the defects and imperfections and foibles of people in a humorous and loving way. And he had such passion. It was unbelievable to watch. He's being very modest with himself tonight. It was unbelievable. His sense of truth was so accurate that he overwhelmed his own insecurities, and Paramount's. I guess we all did the same thing. I have wanted to work with the comic chemistry of Jack Nicholson since his chicken salad sandwich scene in "Easy Pieces." And to have him in bed was such middle-aged joy. I wanted to work with the turbulent brilliance of Debra Winger. She literally inhabited the character so thoroughly that I thought for four months I had two daughters. But in the end just let me say one thing. Films and life are like clay waiting for us to mold it. And when you trust your own insides, and that becomes achievement, it's a kind of a principle that seems to me is at work with everyone. God bless that principle. God bless that potential that we all have for making anything possible if we think we deserve it. I deserve this. Thank you.

    • Robert Duvall: Thank you very much. I'm very excited, very happy, very moved, very everything tonight, to be up here, to be singled out from among all these very talented people. I sometimes come to the Academy Awards and watch them year after year, and I get caught up in the spectacle of it, in the event, in the very complex type of entertainment and I guess, I know I forget, that what we're really here for is to single out who we think is the best for that given year. And if that's what I am to be this year then I appreciate it. I accept it with an honor and I'm very moved because of that. I think we set out to make a film, a very truthful film, a very good film. I think Bruce Beresford, Horton Foote, the Hobels, EMI, should all be commended for a very wonderful job that they did in putting this film together. I think it's a valid film, valid enough that we have gotten very much applause of a certain kind from certain members of the country western community, such as my friend Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings. And this is certainly a very high level of criticism coming from those people. And if I didn't have that on one hand, I would feel that this on the other hand was not complete. But the combination of both tonight makes this a very complete and exciting evening for me tonight. And I want to thank the Academy very much for this award. I'm very happy. Thank you.

    • James L. Brooks: I feel like I've been beaten up. It's strange. This was in the truest sense of the word, enormously collaborative film. Andrzej Bartkowiak's talent is on every frame. Richard Marks was a dream in the cutting room. A friend of mine named Dave Davis worked with me from beginning to end. Polly Platt made an extraordinary contribution. Kristi Zea's costumes meant a lot because to the picture -- I think the picture depended so much on detail. And I'm overwhelmed. I'm very grateful. Holly, you're great. Okay, thank you very much.

    • James L. Brooks: Thank you very much. I want to thank Larry McMurtry for a wonderful book; Jennifer Jones-Simon for all her help; Jeff Berg, who has a comfortable office and left it to work like a process server to try and get this picture made. I want to thank Paramount first and last, the only ones who would make the movie. And the cast had so much to do with this script. Finally it was all redefined. Finally it was an actor's picture. I'd really like to share it with them. And thank you very much. I'm sorry, I just want to, forgive me, I just want to thank three women. I want to thank my sister Diane. I want to thank my daughter Amy. And I want to thank my wife Holly. Thank you.

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    Notes (1)

    • The program won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program.

    Trivia (1)

    • Linda Hunt, who won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for The Year of Living Dangerously, became the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. She played a male photographer in the movie.

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