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The 60th Academy Awards (1988)

Held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium on Monday, April 11, 1988,
honoring movies released in 1987.

Best Actress Cher ("Moonstruck") with Best Actor Michael Douglas ("Wall Street").

Best Actress Cher ("Moonstruck") with Best Actor Michael Douglas ("Wall Street").

Best Picture

The Last Emperor Full Image

"The Last Emperor"

Hemdale Film Production; Columbia. [Italy/Hong Kong/United Kingdom]

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actress Olympia Dukakis ("Moonstruck"). Full Image

Olympia Dukakis

Best Supporting Actress Olympia Dukakis ("Moonstruck").

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor Sean Connery ("The Untouchables"). Full Image

Sean Connery

Best Supporting Actor Sean Connery ("The Untouchables").

The Year

  • Sean Connery
  • Cher
  • Michael Douglas
  • Best Picture: "The Last Emperor"
    • "The Last Emperor" also won Academy Awards for Art Direction-Set Decoration (Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Bruno Cesari, and Osvaldo Desideri), Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro), Costume Design (James Acheson), Directing (Bernardo Bertolucci), Film Editing (Gabriella Cristiani), Music – Original Score (Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, and Cong Su), Sound (Bill Rowe and Ivan Sharrock), and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Mark Peploe and Bernardo Bertolucci). (View Image)
  • "The Last Emperor” was nominated for nine Oscars and won all nine, one of the rare times a film ended up with every award for which it was nominated.
  •  “The Last Emperor” became tied with “Gigi” (1958) as the third most honored film in the Academy’s history, after “Ben-Hur” (1959) with 11 awards, and “West Side Story” (1961) with 10.
  • Chevy Chase was the host.
  • For the first time, an Academy Award nominee, Gustav Hasford, was actively being sought by the police. He was wanted in connection with grand theft charges involving a large collection of library books.
  • In January 1987, British envoy Terry Waite was kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon, while working to secure the release of a group of Western hostages. He was held captive for almost five years.
  • In March 1987, U2 released their album “The Joshua Tree.” It was the first of their albums to reach #1 on the U.S. charts.
  • On April 19, 1987, “The Simpsons” cartoon first appeared on “The Tracey Ullman Show.”
  • On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany.
  • In August 1987, the FCC dissolved the Fairness Doctrine, which had required radio and television stations to “fairly” present controversial issues since 1949.
  • In October 1987, Americans were caught up in a drama that unfolded on television when an 18-month-old toddler, Jessica McClure, fell down a well in Midland, Texas. She was rescued after spending 58½ hours in the well.
  • In December 1987, Eli Lilly & Co. received approval from the FDA to market Prozac as a treatment for depression.

Special Achievement Award

To Stephen Flick and John Pospisil for Sound Effects Editing, “RoboCop.”

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To Billy Wilder.

See all Nominees and Winners

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