The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983)

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Credited cast:
Herself - Host
Himself - Co-Host
Himself - Co-Host
Himself - Co-Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Allen ...
Himself - Performer: Irving Berlin Tribute
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Bhanu Athaiya ...
Herself - Winner: Best Costume Design
Himself - Winner: Best Picture & Best Director
Patti Austin ...
Herself - Performer
Herself - Performer
Stephen Bishop ...
Himself - Performer
John Bloom ...
Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing
Himself - Audience Member
Leslie Bricusse ...
Himself - Winner: Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
John Briley ...
Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay


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11 April 1983 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The opening number with the four hosts was roundly panned by the critics. Buz Kohan, the song's lyricist, later said "I had written the opening number, called 'It All Comes Down to This.' They were all scared stiff, but ordinarily if you're scared, then you put in the time and rehearse. They took the opposite approach. So Liza was forced to carry the number, Walter was singing in his own zone somewhere, Dudley was just trying to walk down these steps without falling, and Richard Pryor well, I think they told him the next day that he was there." See more »


[Accepting the Best Actress award]
Meryl Streep: I have a lot of people to thank, and I'm going to be one of those people that tries to mention a lot of names, because I know just two seconds ago my mother and father went completely berserk, and, uh, I'd like to give some other mothers and fathers that opportunity.
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Everything that could go wrong did!
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This was the year of the mishap at the Oscars. Sound cues were missed, and film clips that were to be shown could not be found. The audio of the live telecast was substandard and you could often hear the crew yelling at each other and haphazardly moving things abound behind the curtain over the poor presenters on stage, already stumbling through the moldy jokes given to them by the show's "writers". The Best Song nominees, with accompanying performances that have in the past been show highlights, provided no such relief this night as each nominated tune was mediocre at best, with the live performances only underscoring this as they ran the gamut from awful (Melissa Manchester and her latest clichéd piano schmaltz) to ghastly (Sandahl Bergman's interpretive dance to the sounds of "Eye of the Tiger" from Rocky III) Further, the pastels of 1980's fashion were in full bloom all over the garish garden of the evening's attire (much glitter, too!) as was the massive amounts of hair spray topping off the big hairdos, many soon to evolve into full-blown mullets. (Take that, intelligent design!). Finally, in a departure from then regular host Johnny Carson, the show tried a novel approach with four hosts who unfortunately, were slated to open the show with a spectacular musical number: Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau. Always a trooper, Liza did her best, but Matthau clearly had not learned the song, and Pryor, well, there are several reasons why he may have mumbled through his portion, but none excuse his butchery. The look on Liza's face as she realizes the whole thing is an unmitigated disaster even as she nevertheless presses on is utterly priceless. Finally, co-host's Moore and Pryor clearly hated each other and their awkward banter with one another leads to ad-libs that quickly degenerate into each man boasting to the other about how much they are paid per film. Very tacky, but then, it set the stage for what must be among the most worst Award shows ever, and not limited to mere Oscar telecasts.

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