1986 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1986 Academy Awards were presented March 31, 1987 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

Best PictureChildren of a Lesser God, Burt Sugarman and Patrick Palmer, producers (Paramount)
Hannah and Her Sisters, Robert Greenhut, producer (Orion)
The Mission, Fernando Ghia and David Puttnam, producers (Warner Bros.)
Platoon, Arnold Kopelson, producer (Orion)
A Room With a View, Ismail Merchant, producer (Cinecom Pictures)
Actor in a Leading RoleDexter Gordon, 'Round Midnight
Bob Hoskins, Mona Lisa
William Hurt, Children of a Lesser God
Paul Newman, The Color of Money
James Woods, Salvador
Actress in a Leading RoleJane Fonda, The Morning After
Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God
Sissy Spacek, Crimes of the Heart
Kathleen Turner, Peggy Sue Got Married
Sigourney Weaver, Aliens
Actor in a Supporting RoleTom Berenger, Platoon
Michael Caine, Hannah and Her Sisters
Willem Dafoe, Platoon
Denholm Elliott, A Room With a View
Dennis Hopper, Hoosiers
Actress in a Supporting RoleTess Harper, Crimes of the Heart
Piper Laurie, Children of a Lesser God
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, The Color of Money
Maggie Smith, A Room With a View
Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters
DirectingWoody Allen, Hannah and Her Sisters
James Ivory, A Room With a View
Roland Joffe, The Mission
David Lynch, Blue Velvet
Oliver Stone, Platoon
Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenWoody Allen, Hannah and Her Sisters
Paul Hogan, story; Paul Hogan, Ken Shadie and John Cornell, screenplay, “Crocodile” Dundee
Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Laundrette
Oliver Stone, Platoon
Oliver Stone and Richard Boyle, Salvador
Screenplay Based on Another MediumHesper Anderson and Mark Medoff, Children of a Lesser God
Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans, Stand by Me
Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, A Room With a View
Richard Price, The Color of Money
CinematographyJordan Cronenweth, Peggy Sue Got Married
Chris Menges, The Mission
Don Peterman, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Tony Pierce-Roberts, A Room With a View
Robert Richardson, Platoon
Art DirectionStuart Craig, art direction; Jack Stephens, set decoration, The Mission
Peter Lamont, art direction; Crispian Sallis, set decoration, Aliens
Boris Leven, art direction; Karen A. O'Hara, set decoration, The Color of Money
Gianni Quaranta and Brian Ackland-Snow, art direction; Brian Savegar and Elio Altramura, set decoration, A Room With a View
Stuart Wurtzel, art direction; Carol Joffe, set decoration, Hannah and Her Sisters
SoundLes Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Vern Poore and William Nelson, Heartbreak Ridge
Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Michael A. Carter and Roy Charman, Aliens
Donald O. Mitchell, Kevin O'Connell, Rick Kline and William B. Kaplan, Top Gun
Terry Porter, Dave Hudson, Mel Metcalfe and Gene S. Cantamessa, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
John Wilkinson, Richard Rogers, Charles “Bud” Grenzbach and Simon Kaye, Platoon
Song“Glory of Love,” The Karate Kid Part II, Peter Cetera and David Foster, music; Peter Cetera and Diane Nini, lyrics
“Life in a Looking Glass,” That's Life, Henry Mancini, music; Leslie Bricusse, lyrics
“Mean Green Mother From Outer Space,” Little Shop of Horrors, Alan Menken, music; Howard Ashman, lyrics
“Somewhere Out There,” An American Tail, James Horner and Barry Mann, music; Cynthia Weil, lyrics
“Take My Breath Away,” Top Gun, Giorgio Moroder, music; Tom Whitlock, lyrics
Original ScoreJerry Goldsmith, Hoosiers
Herbie Hancock, 'Round Midnight
James Horner, Aliens
Ennio Morricone, The Mission
Leonard Rosenman, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Film EditingJim Clark, The Mission
Ray Lovejoy, Aliens
Susan E. Morse, Hannah and Her Sisters
Claire Simpson, Platoon
Billy Weber and Chris Lebenzon, Top Gun
Costume DesignAnna Anni and Maurizio Millenotti, Otello
Jenny Beaven and John Bright, A Room With a View
Anthony Powell, Pirates
Enrico Sabbatini, The Mission
Theadora Van Runkle, Peggy Sue Got Married
MakeupRob Bottin and Peter Robb-King, Legend
Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis, The Fly
Michael G. Westmore and Michèle Burke, The Clan of the Cave Bear
Visual EffectsLyle Conway, Brian Ferren and Martin Gutteridge, Little Shop of Horrors
Richard Edlund, John Bruno, Garry Waller and William Neil, Poltergeist II: The Other Side
Robert Skotak, Stan Winston, John Richardson and Suzanne Benson, Aliens
Sound Effects EditingCecelia Hall and George Watters II, Top Gun
Mark Mangini, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Don Sharpe, Aliens
Short Films
AnimatedThe Frog, the Dog and the Devil (Bob Stenhouse, producer; New Zealand National Film Unit)
A Greek Tragedy (Linda Van Tulden and Willem Thijssen producers; CineTe pvba)
Luxo Jr. (John Lasseter and William Reeves, producers; Pixar Productions)
Live ActionExit (Stefano Reali and Pino Quartullo, producers; Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana/RAI-UNO)
Love Struck (Fredda Weiss, producer; Rainy Day Productions)
Precious Images (Chuck Workman, producer; Calliope Films, Inc.)
Short SubjectDebonair Dancers (Alison Nigh-Strelich, producer; Alison Nigh-Strelich Production)
The Masters of Disaster (Sonya Friedman, producer; Indiana University Audio Visual Center)
Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse (Thomas L. Neff and Madeline Bell, producers; Polaris Entertainment Production)
Sam (Aaron D. Weisblatt Production)
Women—for America, for the World (Vivienne Verdon-Roe, producer; Educational Film & Video Project)
Feature (tie)Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (Brigitte Berman, producer; Bridge Film Production)
Chile: Hasta Cuando? (David Bradbury, producer; David Bradbury Productions)
Down and Out in America (Joseph Feury and Milton Justice, producers; Joseph Feury Production)
Isaac in America: A Journey With Isaac Bashevis Singer (Kirk Simon and Amram Nowak, producers; Amram Nowak Associates)
Witness to Apartheid (Sharon I. Sopher, producer; Production of Developing News, Inc.)
Foreign Language FilmThe Assault, Netherlands
Betty Blue, France
The Decline of the American Empire, Canada
My Sweet Little Village, Czechoslovakia
“38”, Austria
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardSteven Spielberg
Honorary AwardTo Ralph Bellamy for his unique artistry and his distinguished service to the profession of acting
To E.M. (Al) Lewis in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high Academy standards

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