The world of cinema is in constant motion. And the greatest prize of the seventh art closely follows this evolution – whether social or technical. It’s amazing how much we’ve changed in these 90+ years of the Academy Awards. We are sure that a lot of news will still come, aligning more and more what we expect from a better world. With the end of racial segregation in the 1960s, for example, many advances were made towards the recognition of black artists at the Academy – a struggle that still stands, still very much demanded. The same is true in the directing category, where fewer than ten women throughout history have been nominated.
As changes continue to occur and improvements continue to be made, it’s always good to go back and remember what has been accomplished in this nearly 100-year time span of the Academy Awards. And for that, we will return to a very special time that was kept with great affection by everyone who lived or grew up in it: the 1980s. Here, we will remember with you the biggest curiosities of the Oscars editions in the 80’s. Check it out below and comment.
We are all familiar with the deeds of Monster Meryl Streep, the record-breaking actress for Oscar nominations of all time. In the 1980s, however, Streep she was a young interpreter looking for her place in the sun. All right, she was already entering the decade with a nomination for the sniper and a victory by Kramer vs. Kramer. But in the 80s there would be no less than six nominations for the actress – almost one a year. From the decade came nominations by The French Lieutenant’s Wife, Silkwood – Portrait of a Courage, between two loves, Ironweed e A Cry in the Darkin addition to winning Sofia’s Choice.
Popular Films and Blockbusters at the Oscars
Contrary to what many might imagine, the Oscars did not begin to nominate popular and young super-productions for the best picture award only when it increased the number of nominees to ten. In fact, even in the 1970s, when the first blockbusters appeared and we still had only five films among the nominees in the main category, the Oscars were already trying to indicate works such as shark (1975) e Star Wars – Star Wars (1977), the first two blockbusters in history. And the thing continued through the 1980s, the consolidation of such colossal successes – where the Oscars nominated films like Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), ET – The Extraterrestrial (1982), The witness (1985), Fatal Attraction (1987), moon spell (1987), A Secretary of the Future (1988) e Field of Dreams (1989), films that many may not associate with the Oscars, especially in the best picture category.
It wasn’t just in the main category of best picture that the Oscar nominations in the 1980s were surprising. In the best actor category we had some unusual nominations for iconic films and famous super productions to this day, which many may not remember or even know were prestigious by the Academy. For example, the star Tom Hanks began to be seen as a dramatic actor thanks to his turn in Philadelphia (1993), which won him his first Oscar. But what not everyone knows or remembers is that the first appointment of Hanks came out with dear comedy I want to be big (1988). Incidentally, comic or entertainment film performances almost never yield the prestige and resonance of a drama, but in the 1980s they brought nominations for Dudley Moore (Arthur – The Seductive Millionaire), Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie), Jeff Bridges (The Star Man), Harrison Ford (The witness) e Pat Morita, the eternal Mr. Miyagi (Kid Kid); in addition to victories for Don Ameche (Cocoon), John Gielgud (Arthur – The Seductive Millionaire), Michael Douglas (Wall Street – Power and Greed) e Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda).
The same can be said of ladies during the 1980s. Many may not be aware that performances like that of Sigourney Weaver in Aliens – The Rescue (1986) earned the actress an Oscar nomination. During the 1980s, comedic performances or entertainment films also earned Oscar nominations for people like Goldie Hawn (Private Benjamin), Christine Lahti (second shift), Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue – Her Past Awaits), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Anne Ramsey (Play Train Mom), Melanie Griffith e Sigourney Weaver (A Secretary of the Future), Michelle Pfeiffer (Susie and the Baker Boys), Julia Roberts (Steel Flowers) e Dianne Wiest (The Shot That Didn’t Backfire); in addition to having yielded statuettes for Cher (moon spell), Geena Davis (the accidental tourist) e Jessica Lange (Tootsie).
What would you say to me if I told you that in the 80s, movies like Back to the future, Splash – A Mermaid in My Life, A Heavyweight Cop, Count on me, Crocodilo Dundee, I want to be big, War games, Greystoke – A Lenda de Tarzan, A Fish Called Wanda, Harry and Sally – Made for each other, ET – The Extraterrestrial e Fatal Attraction Have your screenplays been nominated for an Oscar? You may even think I’m joking, but that’s what actually happened. It’s not that these films don’t deserve it, it’s just that they are productions that many would not associate with the highest award in cinema.
Argentines (and Brazilians) at the Oscars
the late genius Hector Babenco, the most Brazilian Argentine of all time, would leave an untouchable legacy in his filmography. But looking back, we can see one of the most prestigious periods in his career: the 1980s. Babenco and the Academy were “dating,” with two of the filmmaker’s international films being nominated for Oscars. The most famous is Spider-Woman’s Kiss1985 political drama. The feature was nominated for best picture, director for Babencoadapted screenplay and took the lead actor category for the late William Hurt. two years later and Babenco would return to the Oscars radar with Ironweeddrama about the time of the North American depression, in which the filmmaker commanded the living legends Jack Nicholson e Meryl Streep. Not least, the feature was nominated in the acting category for the two icons as best actor and actress. But Argentina’s invasion of the Oscars during the 1980s didn’t stop there. the veteran Norma Aleanderone of the First Ladies of dramaturgy in the country of siblings (from movies like The Son of the Bride), received a well-deserved nomination for Gaby – A True Storyin 1987.
Glenn Close – A Eterna Injustiçada
One of the most talented actresses of her generation, the veteran Glenn Close was very confused with Meryl Streep in the past, due to a certain physical similarity. the own Close joked with the fact, saying that they just didn’t confuse them when it came time to deliver the Oscars. It is quite true that Streep he already has three decorating his fireplace at home, and another all-time nomination record. Close also began her successful trajectory in the 1980s, and if her colleague Streep collected 6 nominations, Close was not far behind with no less than 5 nominations in the period. The difference is really the victory that never came. The 1980s brought back memories of the Academy to Close by the movies The World According to Garp, The reunion, An Outstanding Man, Fatal Attraction e Dangerous Liaisons. After that would be 3 more nominations, and no award for now. Error the Academy can still fix.
One of the biggest stars in Hollywood history, Paul Newman had on his resume 7 Oscar nominations until the 1980s, including two already during the 80s, for absence of malice (1981) e the verdict (1982). Recently, I wrote here on CinePOP about the only 6 actors nominated for an Oscar for playing the same character in different movies. Paul Newmanin the 1980s, became the fourth performer to perform such a feat, after Bing Crosby, Peter O’Toole e Al Pacino. After Newman would still come Cate Blanchett e Sylvester Stallone. The film in question that brought another work nominated by Newman was The Color of Money (1986), commanded by master Martin Scorsesewhich works as a continuation of Challenge to Corruption (1961). with the movie, Paul Newman would receive his first Oscar statuette for acting and break the record as the first and only actor to receive a statuette for a “repeat character”. Newman would still receive two more nominations in his career, one in the 90s and another in the 2000s.
Considered one of the greatest actors of all time, the veteran Michael Caine, 89, has a career spanning nearly 80 years and an astounding 176 acting credits, between films, TV series and made-for-TV movies. In his wonderful trajectory, there were 6 Oscar nominations, which may seem little for an actor of his magnitude. Of these six, two took place during the 1980s, including the first win (as a supporting player) for the Woody Allen, Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). Despite being honored with the grand prize, Michael Caine unfortunately he was not present to accept the statuette and give a speech of thanks. Turns out the actor was filming the execrable Shark 4: Revenge (1987), considered one of the worst films of all time, and which would Caine a Golden Raspberry nomination for worst actor. That is, not only was the actor not present in one of the greatest moments of his career, but he was not busy with one of the worst moments of his career. About the fact the “English lord” said: “I have never seen shark 4, but everyone tells me it’s horrible. However, I’ve seen the house I built with the money from the movie, and it’s fantastic.” Drop the mic.
A Snub in Representativeness
Today much is said about racial representation in cinema. And she is very welcome. But while the change was taking place, we still had certain injustices being committed. For example, the Academy’s lack of courage in indicating what many critics and experts consider one of the best films of the late 1980s: Do the right thing (1989), from Spike Lee. The fervent film created a buzz and burst the bubble in the niche of black cinema, quickly migrating to the general public due to its word-of-mouth advertising. Many took for granted the entry of the feature among the nominees for best picture, and how nice it would have been to see a work of such weight and modernity (for the time) among the nominees.
At the last minute there was a cowardice, as if the world was not yet ready for this. Not even an indication for Spike Lee as best director came to fruition. In a kind of consolation prize for Do the right thingthe Oscar nominated him for Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Danny Aiello), without victories. On the other hand, the Academy gave the award for best film to Driving Miss Daisya film that discusses racism in the same way as the recent Green Book (2018) does, from the point of view of whites. In the 80s we had 10 black actors nominated for an Oscar. Among them, Morgan Freeman e Denzel Washington were nominated twice – with Washington emerging victorious from the second nomination, for time of glory.