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Friday, February 17, 1984The Daily Tar Heel5
Terms of Endearment' dominates Oscar race with 11 nominations
The Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Terms of
Endearment, the funny-sad story of an
eccentric mother and a willful daughter,
scored top honors Thursday at the 56th
annual Academy Award nominations, re
ceiving 1 1 nominations in nine categories.
The Right Stuff, a panoramic view of
America's first space travelers, followed
with eight nominations. Fanny and Alex
ander, which Ingmar Bergman says is his
. last movie, placed third with six nomina
tions. As expected, Terms of Endearment
dominated the nominations, collecting
for best picture and for four perfor
mances. Stars Shirley MacLaine and Debra
Winger will be competing against each
other for the award for best performance
by an actress in a leading role, and Jack
Nicholson and John Lithgow will com
pete for best performance by an actor in a
John Lithgow will compete for best per
formance by an actor in a supporting
The film was also nominated for best
direction and best adapted screenplay,
both by James L. Brooks.
Also nominated for best picture were
The Big Chill, The Dresser, The Right
Stuff and Tender Mercies.
Two-time winner Meryl Streep again
was nominated for best actress for her
performance as the doomed nuclear plant
worker in Silkwood. Other nominees for
best actress, besides MacLaine and
Winger, were Jane Alexander of Testa
ment and Julie Walters of Educating
None of the nominees for best perfor
mance by an actor in a leading role has
won before. They are: Michael Caine in
Educating Rita, Tom Conti in Reuben,
Reuben, Tom Courtenay in The Dresser,
Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies and
Albert Finney in The Dresser.
Besides Nicholson and Lithgow,
nominees for best supporting actor were
Charles Durning in To Be or Not to Be,
Sam Shepard in The Right Stuff and Rip
Torn in Cross Creek.
Nominees for best performance by an
actress in a supporting role were Cher in
Silkwood; Glenn Close in The Big Chill,
Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dan
gerously, Amy Irving in Yentl and Alfre
Woodard in Cross Creek.
Nominated as best director of 1983
were Brooks for Terms of Endearment,
Peter Yates for The Dresser, Ingmar
Bergman for Fanny and Alexander, Mike
Nicnols for Silkwood and Bruce
Beresford for Tender Mercies.
Fanny and Alexander was one of the
surprises of the nominations since
foreign-language films rarely score in
several categories. Besides Bergman's
direction, the movie was cited as best
foreign-language film, along with
Carmen (from Spain), Entre Nous
(France), Job's Revolt (Hungary) and Le
A prominent omission was Barbra
Streisand, .who received no nominations
for her producing, directing, co-writing
and starring in Yentl. The film'drew four
nominations in' addition to Irving's for
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supporting actress, including one for best
original song score and two for best
The Yentl songs nominated were
"Papa, Can You Hear Me?" and "The
Way He Makes Me Feel." Also nomi
nated were "Flashdance ... What a Feel
ing" and "Maniac" from Flashdance as
well as "Over You" from Tender Mer
cies. Return of the Jedi, by far the biggest
moneymaker of 1983, was awarded four
nominations for art direction, score,
sound and sound effects editing.
Best original screenplay nominations
went to Lawrence Kasdan arid Barbara
Benedek for The Big Chill, Ingmar
Bergman for Fanny and, Alexander,
Norah Ephron and Alice Arlen for Silk
wood, Horton Foote for Tender Mercies
and Lawrence Lasker and Walter F.
Parkes for WarGames.
Two playwrights who adapted their
own stage works for the screen, Harold
Pinter and Ronald Harwood, were
among the nominees for best screenplay
based on material from another medium.
Pinter's script for Betrayal and
"Harwood's for The Dresser were
nominated in addition to Willy Russel's
for Educating Rita, Julius J. Epstein's for
Reuben, Reuben and James L. Brooks'
for Terms of Endearment.
Nominations for best cinematography
were given to Sven Nykvist for Fanny and
Alexander, Don Peterman for Flash
dance, Caleb Deschanel for The Right
Stuff, William A. Fraker for WarGames
and Gordon Willis for Zelig.
Composers nominated for best original
score were Leonard Roseman for Cross
Creek, John Williams for Return of the
Jedi, Bill Conti for The Right Stuff,
Michael Gore for Terms of Endearment
and Jerry Goldsmith for Under Fire.
It was obvious that 1983 was an off
year for original film musicals and films
which adapted existing music, since there
were only three nominations for best
original song score or adaptation score!
Lalo Schifrin for The Sting II, Elmer
Bernstein for Trading Places and Michel
Legrande and Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Since November, publicists have been
waging their annual promotional blitz on
behalf of Oscar-hopeful clients, taking
aim at the Academy's 4,000 voting
members with trade paper ads, media in
terviews and special screenings.
The publicity barrage, which quieted
last week when Academy members con
cluded their balloting for nominations,
resumes in earnest after the announce
ment of the nominees.
Meanwhile, members of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will
attend special nominee screenings at the
Samuel Goldwyn Theater before making
final selections in 23 categories.
Three honorary awards were announc
ed in advance. Hal Roach, 92, producer
of Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang and
other comedies, will receive a special
award. Producer Mike Frankovich . was
named, for the Jean Hersholt
humanitarian award. And Dr. John G.
Frayne was voted the Gordon E. Sawyer
technical achievement award.
t The Board of Governors decided not
to give the Irving Thalberg award, which
recognizes consistent high quality by a
Johnny Carson will return as master of
ceremonies for the 56th award presenta
tions April 9 at the Los Angeles Music
Center. The awards will be broadcast live
by the ABC television network, starting
at 9 p.m. EST.
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