Academy awards the decade’s best

By Phillip Zonkel

The Academy Awards are regarded by many people in the entertainment field as the industry’s most prestigious award. In the past eight years, the Academy has awarded more than 800 Oscars in more than 100 categories.

But instead of listing all eight-hundred recipients, only the categories of best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, and best song will be mentioned. So, for the last eight years the Oscars went to-

Best Picture: “Ordinary People” directed by Robert Redford. A teen and his parents cope with a death in the family. Movie stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler-Moore and Timothy Hutton.

Best Director: Robert Redford for the film “Ordinary People”

Best Actor: Robert DeNiro for his role in “Raging Bull”

Best Actress: Sissy Spacek for her role in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Best Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton for his role in “Ordinary People”

Best Supporting Actress: Mary Steenburgen for her role in “Melvin and Howard”

Best Song: “Fame” from the film of the same name.

Best Picture: “Chariots of Fire” directed by Hugh Hudson. Two friends compete for the gold medal in Olympic distance running.

Best Director: Warren Beatty for his film “Reds”

Best Actor: Henry Fonda for his performance in “On Golden Pond”

Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn for her performance in “On Golden Pond”

Best Supporting Actor: John Gielgud for his performance in “Arthur”

Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton for her performance in “Reds”

Best Song: “Arthur’s Theme, Best That You Can Do” from the the movie “Arthur.”

Best Picture: “Gandhi” directed by Richard Attenborough. Starring Ben Kingsley this story tells of India’s premiere advocating the non-violent revolution.

Best Director: Richard Attenborough for the film “Gandhi”

Best Actor: Ben Kingsley for his role in “Gandhi”

Best Actress: Meryl Streep for her role in “Sophie’s Choice”

Best Supporting Actor: Louis Gossett Jr. for his role in “An Officer and a Gentleman”

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessica Lange for her role in “Tootise”

Best Song: “Up Where We Belong” from the film “An Officer and a Gentleman”

Best Picture: “Terms of Endearment” directed by James L. Brooks. This movie shows the metamorphosis of a mother-daughter relationship over the years.

Best Director: James L. Brooks for the film “Terms of Endearment”

Best Actor: Robert DuVall for his performance in “Tender Mercies”

Best Actress: Shirely MacLaine for her performance in “Terms of Endearment”

Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson for his performance in “Terms of Endearment”

Best Supporting Actress: Linda Hunt for her performance in “Year of Living Dangerously”

Best Song: “Flashdance…What a Feeling” from the film “Flashdance”

Best Picture: “Amadeus” directed by Milos Foreman. Tom Hulce stars as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in this movie about composers and jealousy.

Best Director: Milos Foreman for the film “Amadeus”

Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham for his role in “Amadeus”

Best Actress: Sally Field for her role in “Places in the Heart”

Best Supporting Actor: Haing S. Ngor for his role in “The Killing Fields”

Best Supporting Actress: Peggy Ashcroft for her role in “A Passage to India”

Best Song: “I Just Called To Say I Love You” from the film “Lady in Red.”

Best Picture: “Out of Africa” directed by Sydney Pollack. A love story between an aristocrat and a hunter, set in the early 1900s.

Best Director: Sydney Pollack for the film “Out of Africa”

Best Actor: William Hurt for his performance in “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

Best Actress: Geraldine Page for her performance in “A Trip to Bountiful”

Best Supporting Actor: Don Ameche for his performance in “Cocoon”

Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston for her performance in “Prizzi’s Honor”

Best Song: “Say You, Say Me” from the film “White Nights”

Best Picture: “Platoon” directed by Oliver Stone. This movie tells the story of a young soldier torn between good and evil influences during the Vietnam War.

Best Director: Oliver Stone for the film “Platoon”

Best Actor: Paul Newman for his role in “The Color of Money”

Best Actress:Marlee Matlin for her role in “Children of a Lesser God”

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine for his role in “Hannah And Her Sisters”

Best Supporting Actress: Dianne Wiest for her role in “Hannah and Her Sisters”

Best Song: “Take My Breath Away” from “Top Gun”

Best Picture: “The Last Emperor” directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. This movie tells the story of Pu Yui, the last emperor of China.

Best Director: Bernardo Bertolucci for the film “The Last Emperor”

Bestt Actor: Michael Douglas for his performance in “Wall Street”

Best Actress: Cher for her performance in “Moonstruck”

Best Supporting Actor: Sean Connery for his performance in “The Untouchables”

Best Supporting Actress: Olympia Dukakis for her performance in “Moonstruck”

Best Song: “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing”

Best Picture: “Rain Man.” directed by Barry Levinson. This movies stars Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman as brothers reaccquinted through the death of their father.

Best Director: Barry Levinson for the film “Rain Man”

Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman for his role in “Rain Man”

Best Actress: Jodie Foster for her role in “The Accused”

Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Kline for his role in “A Fish Called Wanda”

Best Supporting Actress: Geena Davis for her role in “The Accidental Tourist”

Best Song:”Let the Rivers Run” from the “Working Girl”