1983 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1983 Academy Awards were presented April 9, 1984 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

Best PictureThe Big Chill, Michael Shamberg, producer (Columbia)
The Dresser, Peter Yates, producer (Columbia)
The Right Stuff, Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, producers (The Ladd Co. through Warner Bros.)
Tender Mercies, Philip S. Hobel, producer (Universal)
Terms of Endearment, James L. Brooks, producer (Paramount)
Actor in a Leading RoleMichael Caine, Educating Rita
Tom Conti, Reuben, Reuben
Tom Courtenay, The Dresser
Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies
Albert Finney, The Dresser
Actress in a Leading RoleJane Alexander, Testament
Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
Meryl Streep, Silkwood
Julie Walters, Educating Rita
Debra Winger, Terms of Endearment

Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
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Actor in a Supporting RoleCharles Durning, To Be or Not to Be
John Lithgow, Terms of Endearment
Jack Nicholson, Terms of Endearment
Sam Shepard, The Right Stuff
Rip Torn, Cross Creek
Actress in a Supporting RoleCher, Silkwood
Glenn Close, The Big Chill
Linda Hunt, The Year of Living Dangerously
Amy Irving, Yentl
Alfre Woodard, Cross Creek
DirectingBruce Beresford, Tender Mercies
Ingmar Bergman, Fanny & Alexander
James L. Brooks, Terms of Endearment
Mike Nichols, Silkwood
Peter Yates, The Dresser
Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenIngmar Bergman, Fanny & Alexander
Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen, Silkwood
Horton Foote, Tender Mercies
Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek, The Big Chill
Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes, WarGames
Screenplay Based on Material From Another MediumJames L. Brooks, Terms of Endearment
Julius J. Epstein, Reuben, Reuben
Ronald Harwood, The Dresser
Harold Pinter, Betrayal
Willy Russell, Educating Rita
CinematographyCaleb Deschanel, The Right Stuff
William A. Fraker, WarGames
Sven Nykvist, Fanny & Alexander
Don Peterman, Flashdance
Gordon Willis, Zelig
Art DirectionAnna Asp, art direction and set decoration, Fanny & Alexander
Geoffrey Kirkland, Richard J. Lawrence, W. Stewart Campbell and Peter Romero, art direction; Pat Pending and George R. Nelson, set decoration, The Right Stuff
Polly Platt and Harold Michelson, art direction; Tom Pedigo and Anthony Mondello, set decoration, Terms of Endearment
Norman Reynolds, Fred Hole and James Schoppe, art direction; Michael Ford, set decoration, Return of the Jedi
Roy Walker and Leslie Tomkins, art direction; Tessa Davies, set decoration, Yentl
SoundMark Berger, Tom Scott, Randy Thom and David MacMillan, The Right Stuff
Ben Burtt, Gary Summers, Randy Thom and Tony Dawe, Return of the Jedi
Michael J. Kohut, Carlos de Larios, Aaron Rochin and Willie D. Burton, WarGames
Donald O. Mitchell, Rick Kline, Kevin O'Connell and Jim Alexander, Terms of Endearment
Alan R. Splet, Todd Boekelheide, Randy Thom and David Parker, Never Cry Wolf
Song“Flashdance…What a Feeling,” Flashdance, Giorgio Moroder, music; Keith Forsey and Irene Cara, lyrics
“Maniac,” Flashdance, Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky, music and lyrics
“Over You,” Tender Mercies, Austin Roberts and Bobby Hart, music and lyrics
“Papa, Can You Hear Me?,” Yentl, Michel Legrand, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
“The Way He Makes Me Feel,” Yentl, Michel Legrand, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
Original ScoreBill Conti, The Right Stuff
Jerry Goldsmith, Under Fire
Michael Gore, Terms of Endearment
Leonard Rosenman, Cross Creek
John Williams, Return of the Jedi
Original Song Score or Adaptation ScoreElmer Bernstein, Trading Places
Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Yentl
Lalo Schifrin, The Sting II
Film EditingGlenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Steward and Tom Rolf, The Right Stuff
Richard Marks, Terms of Endearment
Frank Morriss and Edward Abroms, Blue Thunder
Sam O'Steen, Silkwood
Bud Smith and Walt Mulconery, Flashdance
Costume DesignSanto Loquasto, Zelig
Anne-Marie Marchand, The Return of Martin Guerre
Joe I. Tompkins, Cross Creek
Marik Vos, Fanny & Alexander
William Ware Theiss, Heart Like a Wheel
Sound Effects EditingJay Boekelheide, The Right Stuff
Ben Burtt, Return of the Jedi
Short Films
AnimatedMickey's Christmas Carol (Burny Mattinson, producer; Walt Disney Productions)
Sound of Sunshine—Sound of Rain (Eda Godel Hallinan, producer; Hallinan Plus! Production)
Sundae in New York (Jimmy Picker, producer; Motionpicker Productions)
Live ActionBoys and Girls (Janice L. Platt, producer; Atlantis Films Ltd. Production)
Goodie-Two-Shoes (Timeless Films Production; Paramount)
Overnight Sensation (Jon N. Bloom, producer; Bloom Film Production)
Short SubjectFlamenco at 5: 15 (Cynthia Scott and Adam Symansky, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
In the Nuclear Shadow: What Can the Children Tell Us? (Vivienne Verdon-Roe and Eric Thiermann, producers; Impact Production)
Sewing Woman (Arthur Dong, producer; DeepFocus Productions)
Spaces: The Architecture of Paul Rudoph (Robert Eisenhardt, producer; Eisenhardt Productions)
You Are Free (Ihr Zent Frei) (Dea Brokman and Ilene Landis, producers; Brokman/Landis Production)
FeatureChildren of Darkness (Richard Kotuk and Ara Chekmayan, producers; Children of Darkness Production)
First Contact (Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson, producers; Arundel Production)
He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (Emile Ardolino, producer; Edgar J. Scherick Associates Production)
The Profession of Arms, (War Series Film #3) (Michael Bryan and Tina Viljoen, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
Seeing Red (James Klein and Julia Reichert, producers; Heartland Production)
Foreign Language FilmCarmen, Spain
Entre Nous, France
Fanny & Alexander, Sweden
Job's Revolt, Hungary
Le Bal, Algeria

Fanny & Alexander
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Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardM. J. Frankovich
Honorary AwardTo Hal Roach in recognition of his unparalleled record of distinguished contributions to the motion picture art form
Special Achievement Awards
Visual EffectsRichard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston and Phil Tippett, Return of the Jedi

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