The Academy Awards

Season 61 Episode 1

The 61st Annual Academy Awards

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



  • Notes

    • 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.