The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989)

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Credited cast:
James Acheson ...
Himself - Winner: Best Costume Design
Himself (Memorial Tribute) (archive footage)
Herself - Presenter: 'Dangerous Liaisons' Film Clip
Himself - Performer
Himself (Memorial Tribute) (archive footage)
Himself - Winner: Best Foreign Language Film
Herself - Presenter
Herself (Memorial Tribute) (archive footage)
Ronald Bass ...
Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Peter Biziou ...
Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Visual Effects


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29 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Considered one of the most infamous Oscar presentations of all time with its extravagant long musical numbers (which prevented the songs nominated to be performed live), the Snow White number which not only was panned by critics but the Academy was sued by Disney for its use of a trademark character without their permission. The only praise the show got later on was it use of the line "And the Oscar goes to..." instead of the "And the winner is...", since most guilds were very objective of the term "loser" to be used during a great event. The term is used to the date (except at the 2009's Oscar which went back with the old line). This was the first time the show was produced by Allan Carr, and due to the poor criticism and the low ratings, he was never asked to produce the Oscars or anything else in Hollywood. See more »


Follows The 51st Annual Academy Awards (1979) See more »


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The birth of digital cinema
15 March 2009 | by (Vigo, España) – See all my reviews

I think Elileen, here, has her award ceremonies mixed. I have this particular chow on a BETA tape I would watch several times as a teenager (I was the lamest teenager, I know). I only had this show recorded, and the next one. I remember Lucille Ball standing there with Bob Hope, the two Bonds (Connery and Moore) with Michael Caine, the thing with Martin Short and Princess Leia and Robin Williams dressed as a "Big Rat". This year was important for it was the advent of a new era. We now go to the movies and everything is CGI. Hollywood had already toyed with computer effects on movies like Tron (I like it!) or The last starfighter (kind of dumb), but with Willow the era of digital cinema was born. For the first time computer graphics and effects looked real (or at least, credible). We had a good witch, Raziel, who could transform herself into practically every creature imaginable. So, ILM gave birth to a then new technique called the Morph. If you want to see how it was done optically (before digital cinema) you only have to see Krull, from 1980. There, Ergo the magician had the same power exactly complete with the mess-up transformations. Anyway, Willow, for such a breakthrough, it was only nominated for Sound effects editing and best visual effects at the Oscars. I think Die hard got the award.

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