In 1989, the 61st Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1988, and December 31, 1988, the awards were held on March 29. For the first time in decades, the ceremony did not have a host. More on that shortly. Sigourney Weaver became only the fifth performer to receive two acting nominations in the same year. Weaver was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Gorillas in the Mist and Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl....

In 1988, the 60th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1987, and December 31, 1987, the awards were held on March 30. The awards moved back to the Shrine Auditorium for the first time since 1948. The ceremony was hosted by Chevy Chase. Beginning a month before the ceremony, the Writers Guild of America strike heavily affected the telecast. The Guild refused to grant the Academy a waiver to permit writers to work on dialogue for...

In 1987, the 59th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1986, and December 31, 1986, the awards were held on March 30. The ceremony was hosted by Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan. After six failed nominations over his three-decade career, Paul Newman finally won a competitive Academy Award. Newman had been presented an Honorary Oscar the year prior. This year, he won Best Actor for his performance in The Color of Money. Newman...

In 1986, the 58th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1985, and December 31, 1985, the awards were held on March 24. The ceremony was hosted by Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, and Robin Williams. At 79 years-old, John Huston became the oldest person to be nominated for Best Director - a record he still holds to this day. For the second time in his career, Huston would direct a family member to an Oscar win....

In 1985, the 57th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1984, and December 31, 1984, the awards were held on March 25. The ceremony was hosted by Jack Lemmon. Marking only the second time in Oscars history, a non-professional would take home an award for acting. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian surgeon who survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Killing Fields,...

In 1984, the 56th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1983, and December 31, 1983, the awards were held on April 9. The ceremony was hosted by Johnny Carson for the fifth and final time. At three hours and 42 minutes long, this marked the longest ceremony in history, to this point. History was made in the Best Supporting Actress category. Linda Hunt won the category for her performance in The Year of Living Dangerously, playing...

In 1983, the 55th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1982, and December 31, 1982, the awards were held on April 11. The ceremony was hosted by Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau. Louis Gossett Jr. became the first African-American actor to win Best Supporting Actor for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. Meryl Streep took home her second Academy Award in her short career, which had already yielded four nominations...

In 1982, the 54th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1981, and December 31, 1981, the awards were held on March 29. The ceremony was once again hosted by Johnny Carson. For the first time in decades, three of the four acting winners were not present at the ceremony to collect their Academy Awards. Katherine Hepburn, the winner of Best Actress for On Golden Pond, was starring in a play in Washington, D.C. Henry Fonda,...

In 1981, the 53rd Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1980, and December 31, 1980, the awards were held on March 31. The ceremony was originally scheduled for March 30, but, for the second time in Oscar history, was delayed, due to an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. This may explain the ceremony receiving the lowest ratings since the telecasts of the show began, as viewers were glued to other networks for news...

In 1980, the 52nd Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1979, and December 31, 1979, the awards were held on April 14. The ceremony was once again hosted by Johnny Carson. At only 8-years-old, Justin Henry made history with his nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Kramer vs. Kramer. Henry became the youngest ever nominee in any competitive category. It's a record he still holds to this day. Henry was beaten by...