56th Academy Awards

The 56th Academy Awards were presented April 9, 1984 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson.

The Best Supporting Actress winner this year was unique. 4' 9" Linda Hunt won the award for her role as Billy Kwan - a male Chinese-Australian photographer - in Peter Weir's The Year of Living Dangerously, making her the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex.

Gordon Willis, a respected cinematographer most famous for his un-nominated work on The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and Woody Allen's Manhattan, received his first Best Cinematography nomination for Zelig.

The 1983 Academy Award Winners

Picture: Terms of Endearment
Actor: Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies)
Actress: Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment)
Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment)
Supporting Actress: Linda Hunt (The Year of Living Dangerously)
Director: James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment)
Adapted Screenplay: James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment)
Original Screenplay: Horton Foote (Tender Mercies)
Song: "Flashdance...What a Feeling" (Flashdance)
Original Score: The Right Stuff / Yentl
Cinematography: Fanny & Alexander
Costume Design: Fanny & Alexander
Art / Set Decoration: Fanny & Alexander
Film Editing: The Right Stuff
Foreign Language Film: Fanny & Alexander (Sweden)
Sound: The Right Stuff
Sound Effects: The Right Stuff
Visual Effects: Return of the Jedi
Short Films: Sundae in New York (Animated) / Boys and Girls (Live Action)
Documentaries: Flamenco at 5:15 (Short) / He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (Feature)