1985 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1985 Academy Awards were presented March 24, 1986 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

Best PictureThe Color Purple, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Quincy Jones, producers (Warner Bros.)
Kiss of the Spider Woman, David Weisman, producer (Island Alive)
Out of Africa, Sydney Pollack, producer (Universal)
Prizzi's Honor, John Foreman, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
Witness, Edward S. Feldman, producer (Paramount)
Actor in a Leading RoleHarrison Ford, Witness
James Garner, Murphy's Romance
William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman
Jack Nicholson, Prizzi's Honor
Jon Voight, Runaway Train
Actress in a Leading RoleAnne Bancroft, Agnes of God
Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple
Jessica Lange, Sweet Dreams
Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful
Meryl Streep, Out of Africa
Actor in a Supporting RoleDon Ameche, Cocoon
Klaus Maria Brandauer, Out of Africa
William Hickey, Prizzi's Honor
Robert Loggia, Jagged Edge
Eric Roberts, Runaway Train
Actress in a Supporting RoleMargaret Avery, The Color Purple
Anjelica Huston, Prizzi's Honor
Amy Madigan, Twice in a Lifetime
Meg Tilly, Agnes of God
Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple

Anjelica Huston, Prizzi's Honor
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DirectingHector Babenco, Kiss of the Spider Woman
John Huston, Prizzi's Honor
Akira Kurosawa, Ran
Sydney Pollack, Out of Africa
Peter Weir, Witness
Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenWoody Allen, The Purple Rose of Cairo
Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard and Charles McKeown, Brazil
Luis Puenzo and Aida Bortnik, The Official Story
Earl W. Wallace and William Kelley, screenplay; William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace, story, Witness
Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, Back to the Future
Screenplay Based on Material From Another MediumRichard Condon and Janet Roach, Prizzi's Honor
Horton Foote, The Trip to Bountiful
Kurt Luedtke, Out of Africa
Menno Meyjes, The Color Purple
Leonard Schrader, Kiss of the Spider Woman
CinematographyAllen Daviau, The Color Purple
William A. Fraker, Murphy's Romance
Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda and Asakazu Nakai, Ran
John Seale, Witness
David Watkin, Out of Africa
Art DirectionNorman Garwood, art direction; Maggie Gray, set decoration, Brazil
Stephen Grimes, art direction; Josie MacAvin, set decoration, Out of Africa
Stan Jolley, art direction; John Anderson, set decoration, Witness
Yoshiro Muraki and Shinobu Muraki, art direction, Ran
J. Michael Riva and Robert W. Welch, art direction; Linda DeScenna, set decoration, The Color Purple
SoundLes Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Vern Poore and Bud Alper, Ladyhawke
Chris Jenkins, Gary Alexander, Larry Stensvold and Peter Handford, Out of Africa
Donald O. Mitchell, Rick Kline, Kevin O'Connell and David Ronne, Silverado
Donald O. Mitchell, Michael Minkler, Gerry Humphreys and Chris Newman, A Chorus Line
Bill Varney, B. Tennyson Sebastian II, Robert Thirlwell and William B. Kaplan, Back to the Future
Song“Miss Celie's Blues” (Sister), The Color Purple, Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton, music; Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Lionel Richie, lyrics
“The Power of Love,” Back to the Future, Chris Hayes and Johnny Colla, music; Huey Lewis, lyrics
“Say You, Say Me,” White Nights, Lionel Richie, music and lyrics
“Love Theme From White Nights” (Separate Lives), White Nights, Stephen Bishop, music and lyrics
“Surprise, Surprise,” A Chorus Line, Marvin Hamlisch, music; edward Kleban, lyrics
Original ScoreJohn Barry, Out of Africa
Bruce Broughton, Silverado
Georges Delerue, Agnes of God
Quincy Jones, Jeremy Lubbock, Rod Temperton, Caiphus Semenya, Andrae Crouch, Chris Boardman, Jorge Calandrelli, Joel Rosenbaum, Fred Steiner, Jack Hayes, Jerry Hey and Randy Kerber, The Color Purple
Maurice Jarre, Witness
Film EditingJohn Bloom, A Chorus Line
Rudi Fehr and Kaja Fehr, Prizzi's Honor
Thom Noble, Witness
Henry Richardson, Runaway Train
Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp, Pembroke Herring and Sheldon Kahn, Out of Africa
Costume DesignMilena Canonero, Out of Africa
Donfeld, Prizzi's Honor
Aggie Guerard Rodgers, The Color Purple
Emi Wada, Ran
Albert Wolksy, The Journey of Natty Gann
MakeupKen Chase, The Color Purple
Carl Fullerton, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Michael Westmore and Zoltan Elek, Mask
Visual EffectsDennis Muren, Kit West, John Ellis and David Allen, Young Sherlock Holmes
Ken Ralston, Ralph McQuarrie, Scott Farrar and David Berry, Cocoon
Will Vinton, lan Wingrove, Zoran Perisic and Michael Lloyd, Return to Oz
Sound Effects EditingFrederick J. Brown, Rambo: First Blood Part II
Charles L. Campbell and Robert Rutledge, Back to the Future
Bob Henderson and Alan Murray, Ladyhawke
Short Films
AnimatedAnna & Bella (Cilia Van Dijk, producer, Netherlands)
The Big Snit (Richard Condie and Michael Scott, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
Second Class Mail (Alison Snowden, producer; National Film and Television School)
Live ActionGraffiti (Dianna Costello, producer; American Film Institute)
Molly's Pilgrim (Jeff Brown and Chris Pelzer, producers; Phoenix Films)
Rainbow War (Bob Rogers, producer; Bob Rogers and Co.)
Short SubjectThe Courage to Care (Robert Gardner, producer; United Way)
Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date (Michael Crowley and James Wolpaw, producers; Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities)
Making Overtures—The Story of a Community Orchestra (Barbara Willis Sweete, producer; Rhombus Media, Inc.)
Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements (David Goodman, producer; Skylight Picture Production)
The Wizard of the Strings (Alan Edelstein, producer; Seventh Hour Production)
FeatureBroken Rainbow (Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd, producers; Earthworks Films Production)
Las Madres—The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (Susana Muñoz and Lourdes Portillo, producers; Film Arts Foundation)
Soldiers in Hiding (Japhet Asher, producer; Filmworks, Inc. Production)
The Statue of Liberty (Ken Burns and Buddy Squires, producers; Florentine Films Production)
Unfinished Business (Steven Okazaki, producer; Mouchette Films Production)
Foreign Language FilmAngry Harvest, Federal Republic of Germany—West
Colonel Redl, Hungary
The Official Story, Argentina
Three Men and a Cradle, France
When Father Was Away on Business, Yugoslavia
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardCharles “Buddy” Rogers
Honorary AwardsTo Paul Newman in recognition of his many memorable and compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft
To Alex North in recognition of his brilliant artistry in the creation of memorable music for a host of distinguished motion pictures
To John H. Whitney, Sr. for cinematic pioneering

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