New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Night of stars
Academy A wards presentation honors Amadeus, James Stewart
LOS ANGELES (AF) — A triumphant Sally Field, her eyes brimming with tears, claimed her second best-actress Oscar in five years and said she feels that she has finally won a place in Hollywood’s heart.
Although Ms. Field was a winner for “Places In The Heart,” the favorite film of 1984 was “Amadeus,” the soaring epic of Mozart’s final years. It won for best picture, actor and director, among its eight Oscars.
Ms. Field, who wore faded house dresses in her role as the courageous Depression-era farm widow of “Places In The Heart,” rushed onstage in a glamorous black strapless gown as her name was announced by Robert Duvall at Monday night’s Academy Awards.
“This means so much more to me this time,” Ms. Field exclaimed. “The first time I hardly felt it, because it was so new.”
She won in 1979 for her portrayal of another gutsy woman in “Nonna Rae.” But Ms. Field confessed she saw herself as an outsider seeking acceptance from the Hollywood establishment. She indirectly referred to the start of her acting career in the lightweight television series, “Gidget,” “The Flying Nun” and “The Girl With Something Extra."
“I haven’t had an orthodox career,” she told Academy members, “and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect.
“This tune, I feel it and I can't deny the fact that you like me right now,” she exulted. “You like me!”
The glittering crowd of celebrities applauded and cheered.
Ms Field paid tribute to Robert Benton, the writer of “Places in the Heart" who won for best screenplay.
"You changed my life,” she told him.
With a whopping eight awards, “Amadeus," the lavishly produced drama of rivalry which celebrated Mozart’s genius, was the heavyweight winner of the 1984 movie season.
Best actor of the year, F. Murray Abraham of “Amadeus," told the TV audience of an estimated one billion viewers: it would be a lie if I told you I didn't know what to say because I’ve been working on this speech for 25 years," but he said none of those speeches fit the time limit.
Abraham, 45. portrayed Mozart's jealousy-ridden
The next closest competitor, “The Killing Fields,” a searing account of friendship in war-torn Cambodia, took home three Oscars, with the victory of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian refugee making his film debut, one of the emotional peaks in the streamlined Academy Awards presentations.
“This is unbelievable, but so is my entire life,” exclaimed Ngor who endured torture in his homeland which mirrored the agonies of his movie role.
Ngor, 34, who portrays the Cambodian assistant to a New York Times reporter, thanked the many people instrumental in launching his film career including “the casting lady who found me.”
Holding his Oscar aloft in triumph, he said, “I thank God, Buddha, that tonight I am even here.”
The gowned, bejeweled audience at the ceremony honored actor James Stewart with an award for his more than 50 years in the movies. The honorary Oscar was presented by Cary Grant.
With typical modesty, Stewart, 76, thanked his colleagues and movie audiences, saying: “You’ve given me a wonderful life. God bless you.”
Best supporting actress winner Dame Peggy Ashcroft, the charismatic English visitor of “A Passage to India,” was absent, having remained in England for the funeral of her friend. Sir Michael Redgrave. Her award was accepted by Angela Lansbury.
The 77-year-old Ms. Ashcroft, recently seen in TV’s “Jewel In The Crown," once said, “I’ve never really wanted to be a film star. It seems to lead only to tax
The only best-picture nominee to end the night without any Oscars was "A Soldier’s Story.”
The widely predicted “Amadeus" sweep began early in the show with awards for makeup, sound, art direction, costume design and screenplay adapted by Peter Shaffer from his own play.
Milos Forman, the director who guided the Czech-made Orion picture, hailed the collaboration of artists in Czechoslovakia, saying, “This kind of recognition is encouraging for more than box-office reasons."
Oscars show witty, short
By JERRY BUCK AP Television Writer
LOS ANGELES 'AP) - And the winner is: the 57th annual Academy Awards presentation for the best, the most entertaining and shortest Oscar show rn memory.
W hat a contrast to the bloated and tedious shows of recent years.
It zipped along.
It was witty, imaginative, sparkling and original.
From Haing S Ngor’s touching acceptance as best supporting actor for The Killing Fields” to Sally Field’s teary, emotional thank you for her second Oscar as best actress for “Places in the Heart,” it was a show that pleased.
It was as exuberant as
“Amadeus.” the night s big winner w ith eight Oscars.
Monday night s show should win back the audience that drifted away during 1984's marathon three-hour, 45-minute production.
According to the Nielsen ratings,
Dame Ashcroft learns of award on radio
LONDON (AP) — Dame Peggy Ashcroft, down with the flu. spent the night at home in bed with the phone off the hook and didn't hear about her Oscar for best supporting actress until today.
“I didn t hear about the award until I .switched on tile radio this morning,” said the 77-year-old British stage actress. “It is not a thing I ever imagined would happen to me. I have, after all, not had a lot to do with films.”
Miss Ashcroft said he was celebrating her award wrapped up in bed with a mug of hot honey and lemon drink.
She missed Monday’s Academy Award ceremony in Ixia Angeles because she was in london for the funeral of Sir Michael Redgrave, a long-time friend and colleague.
However, she said in a telephone interview today that she could not have been in Ixjs Angeles anyway because she came down with a “wretched flu.”
She was awarded the Oscar for her role as Mrs. Moore in Sir David Lean’s “A Passage to India,” but she said she was so sick Monday night she took the telephone off the hook
last year’s show attracted 25.7 million households and a 50 percent share of the audience, down from 32.3 households and a 59 share in 1983 The worldwide audience this year was estimated at I billion, although not all saw it live TIk- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to take over the production reins after a single individual in the academy produced it last year They promised to bring in a show under three hours. They almost made it.
Sir I .aurene* Olivier shortened it a little when he dispensed with listing the best movie nominees, simply announcing “Amadeus" as the winner, and it was three hours, five minutes when host Jack IxMimion called it “a w rap ”
The producers were actor Gregory Peck, director Robert Wise, writer Larry Gelbart and academy president Gene Allen, an art director.
One of their first decisions was to make it an all-movie night, with no TV personalities, a wise move.
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The show occasionally poked gentle fun at the movie business. The best came when Steve Martin presented the awards for art direction. He showed some “bad examples" of art direction such as Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman saying goodbye at the airport in “Casablanca” with tiny planes buzzing around King Kong on the Empire State Building in the background.
The balloon ride in “Around the World in 80 Days,” was mixed with the high-speed passes over the Death Star in “Star Wars."
Another nice touch was the onstage display of the costumes from the pictures nominated for best costumes. And having an elephant dressed for “A Passage to India" deliver the envelope.
Gone were the over-produced and over-wrought production numbers.
In conclusion, I would like to thank the academy for an entertaining show, the host for keeping things moving, the winners for being brief.
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