61st Academy Awards

The 61st Academy Awards were presented March 27, 1989 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.

For this show, there was no "official" host as the show opened with a stage-show featuring Merv Griffin, Snow White and Rob Lowe. Another change was that the producers attempted to change the traditional line "And the winner is..." to "And the Oscar goes to...". This broadcast is also noted for being the final public appearance of actress Lucille Ball who died less than one month later.

The 1988 Academy Award Winners

Picture: Rain Man
Actor: Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)
Actress: Jodie Foster (The Accused)
Supporting Actor: Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda)
Supporting Actress: Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist)
Director: Barry Levinson (Rain Man)
Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons)
Original Screenplay: Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (Rain Man)
Song: "Let the River Run" (Working Girl)
Original Score: The Milagro Beanfield War
Cinematography: Mississippi Burning
Costume Design: Dangerous Liaisons
Art / Set Decoration: Dangerous Liaisons
Film Editing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Foreign Language Film: Pelle the Conqueror (Denmark)
Sound: Bird
Sound Effects: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Makeup: Beetlejuice
Visual Effects: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Short Films: Tin Toy (Animated) / The Appointments of Dennis Jennings (Live Action)
Documentaries You Don't Have to Die (Short) / Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (Feature)