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Top Ten Oscar Nominated Films of the 1980’s

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
9 Academy Award nominations and 4 wins
Best Picture, Best Actress: Jessica Tandy, Best Adapted Screenplay: Alfred Uhry, Best Makeup
This film is based on a stage play which won the Pulitzer Prize. It is a story about and aged and ornery southern white lady’s 25-year relationship with her black chauffeur, played by Morgan Freeman.

Rain Man (1988)
8 Academy Award nominations and 4 wins
Best Picture, Best Director: Barry Levinson, Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman, Best Original Screenplay: Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow
This movie is about a relationship between two brothers, one an adult autistic savant who is institutionalized, and an ambitious and dishonest man who kidnaps his brother from the asylum to swindle his brother’s share of the inheritance from their father.

The Last Emperor (1987)
9 Academy Award nominations and 9 wins
Best Picture, Best Director: Bernardo Bertolucci, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art/Set Direction, Best Sound, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design
This epic film is a story of the last Chinest Manchu Dynasty emperor, Pu Yi. It features 9,000 costumes and 19,000 extras.

Platoon (1986)
8 Academy Award nominations and 4 wins
Best Picture, Best Director: Oliver Stone, Best Sound, Best Film Editing
This movie, which features actors Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, and Tom Berenger, is a gritty and brutal depiction of the Vietnam war.

The Color Purple (1985)
11 Academy Award nominations and 0 wins.
This movie is an adaptation of the Alice Walker novel about a young black girl in rural Georgia in the 20th Century, a novel which won the Pulitzer Prize. It stars Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Amadeus (1984)
11 Academy Award nominations and 8 wins
Best Picture, Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham, Best Art/Set Direction, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup
This film is about a rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the genius and flamboyant composer, and the jealous and less talented Antonio Salieri; who both composed for Emperor Joseph II of Hapsburg.

Terms of Endearment (1983)
11 Academy Award nominations and 5 wins
Best Picture, Best Director: James L. Brooks, Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine, Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Screenplay
This movie is about a relationship between a mother and her daughter over a period of 30 years.

E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
9 Academy Award nominations and 4 wins
Best Score: John Williams, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound
This Steven Spielberg directed science-fiction film is a portrayal of the love a boy has for a lost and lonely visitor from a different planet.

On Golden Pond (1981)
10 Academy Award nominations and 3 wins
Best Actor: Henry Fonda, Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn
This is a screenplay adaptation by Ernest Thompson about a family who reconcile after conflict during a summer at a lakeside cabin.

Ordinary People (1980)
6 Academy Award nominations and 4 wins
Best Picture, Best Director: Robert Redford, Best Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton, Best Adapted Screenplay
This is a film about the effects on a family after a son accidentally drowns. This is adapted from a novel written in 1976 by Judith Guest.