Oscar statuette ©AMPAS

1983 (56th Annual Awards)
Academy Award Overview

Shown below is an overview of the 1983 Academy Awards, comprised of selected items from the WebMaster’s collection. (All of the items for a given category—for example, all Reminder Lists—can be found in the “Gallery” section.)

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The 1983 Preliminaries

1983 (56th) Reminder List of Eligible Releases

1983 (56th) Voting Rules
Eligibility Period:
January 1, 1983 to December 31, 1983

Reminder List of Eligible Releases

Text of Voting Rules

The 1983 Ceremony

1983 (56th) Academy Award Ceremony Poster

1983 (56th) Academy Award Ceremony Program
Monday, April 9, 1984
6:00 PM

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,
Los Angeles County Music Center

Ceremony Poster

Ceremony Program

Nominations & Winners
Winners Only
Nominations by Film
Nomination Statistics by Film

See Also:
    Nominations & Winners by Category
    Winners Only by Category

The 1983 Winners

1983 (56th) Best Picture Poster: “Terms of Endearment”

1983 (56th) Best Picture Home Page Background: “Terms of Endearment”

Best Picture:
Terms of Endearment
James L. Brooks Production;

James L. Brooks, Producer

Best Picture Poster

Best Picture Home Page Background

1983 (56th) Best Actor: Robert Duvall Best Actor:
Robert Duvall
as Mac Sledge
in the film
Tender Mercies

1983 (56th) Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine Best Actress:
Shirley MacLaine
as Aurora Greenway
in the film
Terms of Endearment

1983 (48th) Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor:
Jack Nicholson
as Garrett Breedlove
in the film
Terms of Endearment

1983 (48th) Best Supporting Actress: Linda Hunt Best Supporting Actress:
Linda Hunt
as Billy Kwan
in the film
The Year of Living Dangerously

1983 (50th) Best Song: “Flashdance . . . What a Feeling” Best Song:
Flashdance . . . What a Feeling
from the film

Music by Giorgio Moroder;
lyric by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara

Best Song Lyrics

Other 1983 Nominees

1983 (56th) Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture Nominees
1983 (56th) Best Actor Nominees

Best Actor Nominees
1983 (56th) Best Actress Nominees

Best Actress Nominees

The 1983 Academy Board of Governors Ball

1983 (27th) Governors Ball Program/Menu The Beverly Hilton,
Beverly Hills

Governors Ball Program/Menu
Dinner Menu