57th Academy Awards

57th Academy Awards
Date March 25, 1985
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Hosted by Jack Lemmon
Produced by Gregory Peck, Robert Wise, Larry Gelbart, Gene Allen
Directed by Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Amadeus
Most awards Amadeus (8)
Most nominations Amadeus and A Passage to India (11)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 10 minutes

The 57th Academy Awards were presented March 25, 1985 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Jack Lemmon.

Upon winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Places in the Heart, Sally Field exclaimed, "The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" (often misquoted as "you really like me!")[1]

The big winner at the ceremony was Milos Forman's Amadeus, which had received 11 nominations and won 8 awards including Best Picture and Best actor for F.Murray Abraham. As of the 87th Academy Awards, Amadeus is the most recent film to receive two lead actor nominations.

The winner of Best Supporting Actor was also significant. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian surgeon who survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, won the award for his performance as Dith Pran in Roland Joffé's The Killing Fields, despite having no previous acting experience. Ngor and Harold Russell are the only two non-professional actors to win Academy Awards for acting.

Seventy-seven-year-old Peggy Ashcroft won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in A Passage to India, making her the oldest winner in that category.

This ceremony marks the first time that multiple black nominees would win an Oscar, when Prince and Stevie Wonder won for their respective work on Purple Rain and The Woman in Red. Additionally, it was the first and only time that all five nominated songs topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Milos Forman, Best Director winner
F. Murray Abraham, Best Actor winner
Sally Field, Best Actress winner
Haing S. Ngor, Best Supporting Actor winner
Peggy Ashcroft, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Honorary Academy Awards

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Special Achievement Academy Award

Presenters and performers

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


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer for the 57th Academy Awards
Allen, GeneGene Allen (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Hunt, LindaLinda Hunt Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Douglas, MichaelMichael Douglas Presenter of the award for Best Documentary Short
Turner, KathleenKathleen Turner Presenter of the award for Best Documentary Feature
Le Brock, KellyKelly Le Brock
Lonette McKee
Presenters of the award for Best Makeup
Hines, GregoryGregory Hines
Amy Irving
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Selleck, TomTom Selleck
Diana Ross
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
O'Neal, RyanRyan O'Neal Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Kelly, GeneGene Kelly Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to David L. Wolper
Martin, SteveSteve Martin Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction
Leigh, JanetJanet Leigh Presenter of the Scientific & Technical Awards
Bergen, CandiceCandice Bergen
William Hurt
Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects
Close, GlennGlenn Close Presenter of the Honorary Award to the National Endowment for the Arts
Douglas, KirkKirk Douglas
Burt Lancaster
Presenters of the Writing Awards
Bridges, JeffJeff Bridges
Ann Reinking
Presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Douglas, MichaelMichael Douglas
Kathleen Turner
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song Score
Beals, JenniferJennifer Beals
Glenn Close
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Bridges, JeffJeff Bridges
Ann Reinking
Presenters of the award for Best Animated Short Film
Selleck, TomTom Selleck
Kathleen Turner
Presenters of the award for Best Live Action Short Film
MacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaine Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Hines, GregoryGregory Hines Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Grant, CaryCary Grant Presenter of the Honorary Award to James Stewart
Domingo, PlácidoPlácido Domingo
Faye Dunaway
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Presenter of the award for Best Director
Duvall, RobertRobert Duvall Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Olivier, LaurenceLaurence Olivier Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Conti, BillBill Conti Musical arranger
Parker Jr., RayRay Parker Jr.
Dom DeLuise
Performers "Ghostbusters" from Ghostbusters
Williams, DenieceDeniece Williams Performer "Let's Hear It for the Boy" from Footloose
Reinking, AnnAnn Reinking Performer "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" from Against All Odds
McKee, LonetteLonette McKee
Willie Nelson
Kris Kristofferson
Performers “How Do You Feel about Foolin’ Around?”
On the Road Again
Amazing Grace
Debbie Allen Performer "Footloose" from Footloose
Diana Ross Performer "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red
Academy Awards Orchestra, Academy Awards Orchestra Performers "They Say It's Wonderful" (orchestral) from Annie Get Your Gun during the closing credits

Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 11 nominations: Amadeus, A Passage to India
  • 7 nominations: The Killing Fields, Places in the Heart
  • 5 nominations: 2010, The River
  • 4 nominations: The Natural
  • 3 nominations: Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, A Soldier's Story
  • 2 nominations: The Bostonians, Broadway Danny Rose, The Cotton Club, Footloose, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Under the Volcano

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 8 wins: Amadeus
  • 3 wins: The Killing Fields
  • 2 wins: A Passage to India, Places in the Heart

See also


  1. Oscar acceptance speech: Littlereview.com
  2. "The 57th Academy Awards (1985) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  3. "Here's complete list of this year's Oscar nominees". The Montreal Gazette. AP. 1985-02-07. Retrieved 2012-11-11.

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