1984 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1984 Academy Awards were presented March 25, 1985 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

Best PictureAmadeus, Saul Zaentz, producer (Orion)
The Killing Fields, David Puttnam, producer (Warner Bros.)
A Passage to India, John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin, producer (Columbia)
Places in the Heart, Arlene Donovan, producer (TriStar)
A Soldier's Story, Norman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary and Patrick Palmer, producers (Columbia)
Actor in a Leading RoleF. Murray Abraham, Amadeus
Jeff Bridges, Starman
Albert Finney, Under the Volcano
Tom Hulce, Amadeus
Sam Waterston, The Killing Fields
Actress in a Leading RoleJudy Davis, A Passage to India
Sally Field, Places in the Heart
Jessica Lange, Country
Vanessa Redgrave, The Bostonians
Sissy Spacek, The River
Actor in a Supporting RoleAdolph Caesar, A Soldier's Story
John Malkovich, Places in the Heart
Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, The Karate Kid
Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields
Ralph Richardson, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Actress in a Supporting RolePeggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India
Glenn Close, The Natural
Lindsay Crouse, Places in the Heart
Christine Lahti, Swing Shift
Geraldine Page, The Pope of Greenwich Village
DirectingWoody Allen, Broadway Danny Rose
Robert Benton, Places in the Heart
Milos Forman, Amadeus
Roland Joffe, The Killing Fields
David Lean, A Passage to India
Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenWoody Allen, Broadway Danny Rose
Robert Benton, Places in the Heart
Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman, screenplay; Bruce Jay Friedman; screen story, Splash
Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas, El Norte
Daniel Petrie, Jr., screenplay; Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie, Jr., story, Beverly Hills Cop
Screenplay Based on Material From Another MediumCharles Fuller, A Soldier's Story
David Lean, A Passage to India
Bruce Robinson, The Killing Fields
Peter Shaffer, Amadeus
P.H. Vazak and Michael Austin, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
CinematographyErnest Day, A Passage to India
Caleb Deschanel, The Natural
Chris Menges, The Killing Fields
Miroslav Ondricek, Amadeus
Vilmos Zsigmond, The River
Art DirectionJohn Box and Leslie Tomkins, art direction; Hugh Scaife, set decoration, A Passage to India
Albert Brenner, art direction; Rick Simpson, set decoration, 2010
Angelo Graham and Mel Bourne, James J. Murakami and Speed Hopkins, art direction; Bruch Weintraub, set decoration, The Natural
Richard Sylbert, art direction; George Gaines and Les Bloom, set decoration, The Cotton Club
Patrizia Von Brandenstein, art direction; Karel Cerny, set decoration, Amadeus
SoundNick Alphin, Robert Thirwell, Richard Portman and David Ronne, The River
Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Todd Boekelheide and Chris Newman, Amadeus
Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Michael A. Carter and John Mitchell, A Passage to India
Michael J. Kohut, Aaron Rochin, Carlos De Larios and Gene S. Cantamessa, 2010
Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Kevin O'Connell and Nelson Stoll, Dune
Original Song“Against All Odds” (Take a Look at Me Now), Against All Odds, Phil Collins, music and lyrics
“Footloose,” Footloose, Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford, music and lyrics
“Ghostbusters,” Ghostbusters, Ray Parker, Jr., music and lyrics
“I Just Called to Say I Love You,” The Woman in Red, Stevie Wonder, music and lyrics
“Let's Hear It for the Boy,” Footloose, Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow, music and lyrics
Original ScoreMaurice Jarre, A Passage to India
Randy Newman, The Natural
Alex North, Under the Volcano
John Williams, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
John Williams, The River
Original Song ScoreKris Kristofferson, Songwriter
Jeffrey Moss, The Muppets Take Manhattan
Prince, Purple Rain
Film EditingDonn Cambern and Frank Morriss, Romancing the Stone
Jim Clark, The Killing Fields
Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler, Amadeus
David Lean, A Passage to India
Barry Malkin and Robert Q. Lovett, The Cotton Club
Costume DesignJenny Beavan and John Bright, The Bostonians
Judy Moorcroft, A Passage to India
Patricia Norris, 2010
Theodor Pistek, Amadeus
Ann Roth, Places in the Heart
MakeupRick Baker and Paul Engelen, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Paul LeBlanc and Dick Smith, Amadeus
Michael Westmore, 2010
Visual EffectsRichard Edlund, John Bruno, Mark Vargo and Chuck Gasper, Ghostbusters
Richard Edlund, Neil Krepela, George Jenson and Mark Stetson, 2010
Dennis Muren, Michael McAlister, Lorne Peterson and George Gibbs, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Short Films
AnimatedCharade (Jon Minnis, producer; Sheridan College Production)
Doctor De Soto (Morton Schindel and Michael Sporn, producers; Michael Sporn Animation, Inc.)
Paradise (Ishu Patel, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
Live ActionThe Painted Door (Atlantis Films Ltd. in association with the National Film Board of Canada)
Tales of Meeting and Parting (Sharon Oreck and Lesli Linka Glatter, producers; American Film Institute—Directing Workshop for Women)
Up (Mike Hoover, producer; Pyramid Films)
Short SubjectThe Children of Soong Ching Ling (Gary Bush and Paul T.K. Lin, producers; UNICEF and the Soong Ching Ling Foundation)
Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing (Ben Achtenberg and Joan Sawyer, producers; The Nursing Ethics Project/Fanlight Productions)
The Garden of Eden (Lawrence R. Hott and Roger M. Sherman, producers; Florentine Films Production)
Recollections of Pavlovsk (Irina Kalinina, producer; Leningrad Documentary Film Studio)
The Stone Carvers (Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner, producers, Paul Wagner Productions)
FeatureHigh Schools (Charles Guggenheim and Nancy Sloss, producers; Guggenheim Productions)
In the Name of the People (Alex W. Drehsler and Frank Christopher, producers; Pan American Films)
Marlene (Zev Braun Pictures, Inc.; OKO Film Produktion)
Streetwise (Cheryl McCall, producer; Bear Creek Productions, Inc.)
The Times of Harvey Milk (Robert Epstein and Richard Schmiechen, producers; Black Sand Educational Productions, Inc.)
Foreign Language FilmBeyond the Walls, Israel
Camila, Argentina
Dangerous Moves, Switzerland
Double Feature, Spain
Wartime Romance, U.S.S.R.
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardDavid L. Wolper
Honorary AwardsTo the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of its 20th anniversary and its dedication to fostering artistic and creative activity and excellence in every area of the arts
To James Stewart for 50 years of memorable performances and for his high ideals, both on and off the screen, with the respect and affection of his colleagues
Special Achievement Award
Sound Effects EditingKay Rose, The River

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