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58th Academy Awards
Date Monday, March 24, 1986
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California
Host Alan Alda
Jane Fonda
Robin Williams
Producer Stanley Donen
Director Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Out of Africa
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 2 minutes
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The 58th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1985, were held on March 24, 1986 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams. The ceremony was watched by 38.93 million viewers, tying the 78th Academy Awards as the third-lowest rated telecast since 1966.[1] The 80th Academy Awards still holds the distinction of the least watched ceremony of 31.76 million.



"I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, I gave it my best shot. I'm afraid we have to do the show."---Robin Williams' opening, after failing to "persuade" the Price Waterhouse represenatives from revealing the winners.

"This means a lot to me since it comes from a role in which I was directed by my father. And I know it means a lot to him."---Angelica Houston accepting her Best Supporting Actress award.

"Our next presenter is one of the most glamrous people of this or any business...and you better believe it, wait'll you see what's gonna come out here."---Jane Fonda introducing Cher.

"As you can see I did recieve my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress."---Cher, noting her wild outfit.

"I loved seeing Don Ameche win. And he did it with breakdancing. And all these years I tried to do it with great acting."---Bob Hope.

"I consider this woman the greatest actress in the English language!"---F. Murray Abraham announcing the Best Actress award to Geraldine Page.

"Let's see which one you like, you really, really like."---Sally Field presenting Best Actor while mocking her own speech from the previous year.


Award Winner Nominee(s)
Best Actor in a Leading Role William HurtKiss of the Spider Woman
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Don AmecheCocoon
Best Actress in a Leading Role Geraldine PageThe Trip to Bountiful
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Anjelica HustonPrizzi's Honor
Best Art Direction Out of Africa – Art Direction: Stephen Grimes; Set Decoration: Josie MacAvin
Best Cinematography Out of AfricaDavid Watkin
Best Costume Design RanEmi Wada
Best Director Sydney PollackOut of Africa
Best Documentary (Feature) Broken Rainbow – Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd, Producers
Best Documentary (Short Subject) "Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements" – David Goodman, Producer
  • "The Courage to Care" – Robert H. Gardner, Producer
  • "Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date" – Michael Crowley and James Wolpaw, Producers
  • "Making Overtures: The Story of a Community Orchestra" – Barbara Willis Sweete, Producer
  • "The Wizard of the Strings" – Alan Edelstein, Producer
Best Film Editing WitnessThom Noble
Best Foreign Language Film La Historia oficial – Argentina
Best Makeup MaskMichael Westmore and Zoltan Elek
  • The Color Purple – Ken Chase
  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins – Carl Fullerton
Best Music (Original Score) Out of AfricaJohn Barry
Best Music (Original Song) "Say You, Say Me" from White Nights – Music and Lyric by Lionel Richie
Best Picture Out of AfricaSydney Pollack, Producer
Best Short Film (Animated) "Anna & Bella" – Cilia Van Dijk, Producer
Best Short Film (Dramatic Live Action) "Molly's Pilgrim" – Jeff Brown and Chris Pelzer, Producers
  • "Graffiti" – Dianna Costello, Producer
  • "Rainbow War" – Bob Rogers, Producer
Best Sound Out of AfricaChris Jenkins, Gary Alexander, Larry Stensvold, Peter Handford
Best Sound Editing Back to the Future – Charles L. Campbell, Robert Rutledge
Best Visual Effects Cocoon' – Ken Ralston, Ralph McQuarrie, Scott Farrar, David Berry
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) Out of Africa – Kurt Luedtke
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) Witness – Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley; Story by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Earl W. Wallace

Out of competition


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