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55th Academy Awards
55th Academy Awards
DateApril 11, 1983
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byLiza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor and Walter Matthau
Produced byHoward W. Koch
Directed byMarty Pasetta
Best PictureGandhi
Most awardsGandhi (8)
Most nominationsGandhi (11)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 15 minutes

The 55th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1983, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau. The awards were dominated by the Best Picture winner Gandhi, which won eight awards out of its eleven nominations.

Jessica Lange became the first performer in four decades to receive nominations in both acting categories in the same year, ultimately winning Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie.

Meryl Streep won her first Best Actress award. She had been nominated the year before for The French Lieutenant's Woman and would be nominated for a record seventeen times in the following decades.

Louis Gossett Jr. became the first African-American actor to win Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the tough and principled drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman.

This marked the first of 28 consecutive years where a Barbara Walters interview special aired before the ceremony. Walters had previously aired an interview special in 1981 and, in subsequent years, her special aired prior to the Academy's formal broadcast of celebrities walking the red carpet. It was also the only time George C. Scott attended an Oscars ceremony.


Richard Attenborough, Best Director & Best Picture winner
Ben Kingsley, Best Actor winner
Photo of Meryl Streep in the late 1970s.
Meryl Streep, Best Actress winner
Louis Gossett Jr., Best Supporting Actor winner
Photo of Jessica Lange at PaleyFest 2013.
Jessica Lange, Best Supporting Actress winner
Costa-Gavras, Best Adapted Screenplay co-winner
John Williams, Best Original Score winner
Ben Burtt, Best Sound Effects Editing co-winner
Carlo Rambaldi, Best Visual Effects co-winner
Dennis Muren, Best Visual Effects co-winner

Nominations were announced on February 17, 1983. Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[1][2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject Best Live Action Short Film
Best Animated Short Film Best Original Score
Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Effects Editing Best Sound
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Honorary Academy Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name(s) Role
Hank Simms Announcer for the 55th Academy Awards
Fay Kanin (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Luise Rainer
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Christopher Reeve
Susan Sarandon
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Jane Russell
Cornel Wilde
Presenters of the award for Best Makeup
Matt Dillon
Kristy McNichol
Presenters of the Short Films awards
Charlton Heston Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Walter Mirisch
Plácido Domingo
Presenters of the Music Awards
Steve Guttenberg
Ann Reinking
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Elizabeth McGovern
Eddie Murphy
Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects
Jamie Lee Curtis
Carl Weathers
Presenters of the award for Best Sound Effects Editing
JoBeth Williams
David L. Wolper
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Margot Kidder
William Shatner
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Michael Keaton
Nastassja Kinski
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Bob Hope Presenter of the Honorary Award to Mickey Rooney
Lisa Eilbacher
David Keith
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Tom Selleck
Raquel Welch
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Olivia Newton-John Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Robert Mitchum
Sigourney Weaver
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Philip Dunne Presenter of the awards for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Billy Wilder Presenter of the award for Best Director
Sylvester Stallone Presenter of the award for Best Actress
John Travolta Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Carol Burnett Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ "The 55th Academy Awards (1983) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1982" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".

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