Twelve people were nominated for Best Original Score for The Color Purple, the most ever nominated for a single award. They lost to John Barry for Out of Africa.
The program won an Emmy Award forOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program.
Actress Sarah Cunningham, wife of actor John Randolph, suffered an severe asthma attack in the lobby during the ceremony and died.
On the same day at The 58th Annual Academy Awards, President Ronald Reagan sent troops to bomb Libya. Fearing an incident, the academy beefed up security.