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The Academy Awards

Season 61 Episode 1

The 61st Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 29, 1989 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • At 81, Jessica Tandy is the oldest Oscar winner for her work in Driving Miss Daisy.

    • This is the first time the presenters said "And the Oscar goes to..." rather than "And the winner is...." This was done to avoid offending the losers.

    • Producer Allan Carr wanted Jessica Rabbit and Roger Rabbit to be the presenters of the Short Film awards but Disney's price tag for the rights was too high, especially in light of what he was spending on the opening number. Instead, Carrie Fisher and Martin Short presented the awards.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • It was discovered later that this was the second time that Eileen Bowman had played Snow White. She had previously played her in a bawdy musical revue in Vegas a few years earlier. The producers of the Academy Awards did not know this when the cast her.

    • None of the five Best Director nominees were Americans. Italy's Bernardo Bertolucci was nominated for The Last Emperor. British directors John Boorman and Adrian Lynn were nominated for Hope and Glory and Fatal Attraction respectively. Sweden's Lass Hallstrom was nominated for My Life As a Dog. And Canadian-born Norman Jewison was nominated for Moonstruck

    • Only 19 songs were eligible to be considered for the year's Best Original Song category. Thus the final ballot only contained three nominees.

    • Eileen Bowman who played Snow White during the opening number openly admitted that, prior to being hired for the show, she had never actually seen The Academy Awards.

    • This show would go down in history as one of the low points in Oscar history. Broadway producer Allan Carr was asked by the academy to put together the opening number because he had built a reputation for his lavish and overproduced production numbers. In what he described as "The antithesis of tacky", Carr hatched the idea of a production number that would be a visual timeline of the history of motion pictures that would include past Oscar winners. It led up to the now infamous duet of Rob Lowe and Snow White (actress Eileen Bowman) singing "Proud Mary". Carr and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences became a laughing stock. Furthermore, Walt Disney Studios sued for copyright infringement for the unauthorized use of the Snow White character. The Academy would recover but Carr's reputation would not, by the time of his death in 1999, he had left Hollywood and was doing clerical work.

  • Allusions

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