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55th Academy Awards
Date Monday, April 11, 1983
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Host Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, Walter Matthau
Producer Howard W. Koch
Director Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Gandhi
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 15 minutes
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The 55th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1983 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over 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 as the tough and principled drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman.


Award Winner Nominee(s)
Best Actor in a Leading Role Ben KingsleyGandhi
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Louis Gossett, Jr.An Officer and a Gentleman
Best Actress in a Leading Role Meryl StreepSophie's Choice
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Jessica LangeTootsie
Best Art Direction Gandhi – Art Direction: Stuart Craig, Robert W. Laing and Michael Seirton; Set Decoration: Michael Seirton
Best Cinematography GandhiBilly Williams and Ronnie Taylor
Best Costume Design GandhiJohn Mollo and Bhanu Athaiya
Best Director Richard AttenboroughGandhi
Best Documentary (Feature) Just Another Missing KidJohn Zaritsky, Producer
Best Documentary (Short Subject) "If You Love This Planet" – Edward Le Lorrain and Terri Nash, Producer
Best Film Editing GandhiJohn Bloom
Best Foreign Language Film Begin the Beguine – Spain
Best Makeup Sarah Monzani and Michele BurkeQuest for Fire
Best Music (Original Score) E.T.: The Extra-TerrestrialJohn Williams
Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score Victor/Victoria - Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse
Best Music (Original Song) "Up Where We Belong" from An Officer and a Gentleman – Music by Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie; Lyric by Will Jennings
Best Picture GandhiRichard Attenborough, Producer
Best Short Film (Animated) "Tango" – Zbigniew Rybczyński, Producer
Best Short Film (Dramatic Live Action) "A Shocking Accident" – Christine Oestreicher, Producer
Best Sound E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – Robert Knudson, Robert Glass, Don Digirolamo and Gene S. Cantamessa
  • Das Boot – Milan Bor, Trevor Pyke, Mike Le-Mare
  • Gandhi – Gerry Humphreys, Robin O'Donoghue, Jonathan Bates, Simon Kaye
  • Tootsie – Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Les Lazarowitz
  • Tron – Michael Minkler, Bob Minkler, Lee Minkler, Jim La Rue
Best Sound Editing E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – Charles L. Campbell and Ben Burtt
Best Visual Effects E.T.: The Extra-TerrestrialCarlo Rambaldi, Dennis Muren and Kenneth Smith
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) MissingCosta-Gavras and Donald E. Stewart
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) GandhiJohn Briley

Out of competition




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