The 51st Academy Awards found the world in a post-blockbuster, post Star Wars world. Although there was successful fantasy/sci-fi in the form of Superman and Heaven Can Wait, most of the winners and nominees focused on real people or events – The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Midnight Express etc. Rest assured that these and more will be featured in my personal picks.
Johnny Carson led the proceedings, with Robin Williams and Woody Woodpecker (!), Mia Farrow, and Francis Ford Coppola among those presenting awards. Performances from Donna Summer, Barry Manilow, and others livened up the show while King Vidor, Laurence Olivier, Walter Lantz, and Leo Jaffe were given Honorary awards. A special award was given for the Visual Effects of Superman while the Musuem of Modern Art Department Of Film was also honoured, for some reason.
Join me over the next few weeks as I share my picks in each category, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts and choices in the comments!