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The 61st Academy Awards (1989) Nominees and Winners

Held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, March 29, 1989,
honoring movies released in 1988.

Tom Cruise and Best Actor Dustin Hoffman in a scene from Best Picture "Rain Man."

Tom Cruise and Best Actor Dustin Hoffman in a scene from Best Picture "Rain Man."

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Gene Hackman in "Mississippi Burning"
  • Tom Hanks in "Big"
  • Dustin Hoffman in "Rain Man"
  • Edward James Olmos in "Stand and Deliver"
  • Max Von Sydow in "Pelle the Conqueror"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Alec Guinness in "Little Dorrit"
  • Kevin Kline in "A Fish Called Wanda"
  • Martin Landau in "Tucker The Man and His Dream"
  • River Phoenix in "Running on Empty"
  • Dean Stockwell in "Married to the Mob"

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Glenn Close in "Dangerous Liaisons"
  • Jodie Foster in "The Accused"
  • Melanie Griffith in "Working Girl"
  • Meryl Streep in "A Cry in the Dark"
  • Sigourney Weaver in "Gorillas in the Mist"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Joan Cusack in "Working Girl"
  • Geena Davis in "The Accidental Tourist"
  • Frances McDormand in "Mississippi Burning"
  • Michelle Pfeiffer in "Dangerous Liaisons"
  • Sigourney Weaver in "Working Girl"

Art Direction

  • "Beaches" Art Direction: Albert Brenner; Set Decoration: Garrett Lewis
  • "Dangerous Liaisons" Art Direction: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Gerard James
  • "Rain Man" Art Direction: Ida Random; Set Decoration: Linda DeScenna
  • "Tucker The Man and His Dream" Art Direction: Dean Tavoularis; Set Decoration: Armin Ganz
  • "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Art Direction: Elliot Scott; Set Decoration: Peter Howitt


  • "Mississippi Burning" Peter Biziou
  • "Rain Man" John Seale
  • "Tequila Sunrise" Conrad L. Hall
  • "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" Sven Nykvist
  • "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Dean Cundey

Costume Design

  • "Coming to America" Deborah Nadoolman
  • "Dangerous Liaisons" James Acheson
  • "A Handful of Dust" Jane Robinson
  • "Sunset" Patricia Norris
  • "Tucker The Man and His Dream" Milena Canonero


  • "A Fish Called Wanda" Charles Crichton
  • "The Last Temptation of Christ" Martin Scorsese
  • "Mississippi Burning" Alan Parker
  • "Rain Man" Barry Levinson
  • "Working Girl" Mike Nichols

Documentary (Feature)

  • "The Cry of Reason - Beyers Naudé: An Afrikaner Speaks Out" Robert Bilheimer and Ronald Mix, Producers
  • "Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie" Marcel Ophuls, Producer
  • "Let’s Get Lost" Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, Producers
  • "Promises to Keep" Ginny Durrin, Producer
  • "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" Renee Tajima and Christine Choy, Producers

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • "The Children’s Storefront" Karen Goodman, Producer
  • "Family Gathering" Lise Yasui and Ann Tegnell, Producers
  • "Gang Cops" Thomas B. Fleming and Daniel J. Marks, Producers
  • "Portrait of Imogen" Nancy Hale and Meg Partridge, Producers
  • "You Don’t Have to Die" William Guttentag and Malcolm Clarke, Producers

Film Editing

  • "Die Hard" Frank J. Urioste, John F. Link
  • "Gorillas in the Mist" Stuart Baird
  • "Mississippi Burning" Gerry Hambling
  • "Rain Man" Stu Linder
  • "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Arthur Schmidt

Foreign Language Film

  • "Hanussen" Hungary
  • "The Music Teacher" Belgium
  • "Pelle the Conqueror" Denmark
  • "Salaam Bombay!" India
  • "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" Spain


  • "Beetlejuice" Ve Neill, Steve La Porte, Robert Short
  • "Coming to America" Rick Baker
  • "Scrooged" Tom Burman, Bari Dreiband-Burman

Music (Original Score)

  • "The Accidental Tourist" John Williams
  • "Dangerous Liaisons" George Fenton
  • "Gorillas in the Mist" Maurice Jarre
  • "The Milagro Beanfield War" Dave Grusin
  • "Rain Man" Hans Zimmer

Music (Original Song)

  • "Calling You" from "Bagdad Cafe" Music and Lyric by Bob Telson
  • "Let the River Run" from "Working Girl" Music and Lyric by Carly Simon
  • "Two Hearts" from "Buster" Music by Lamont Dozier; Lyric by Phil Collins

Best Picture

  • "The Accidental Tourist" Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun and Michael Grillo, Producers
  • "Dangerous Liaisons" Norma Heyman and Hank Moonjean, Producers
  • "Mississippi Burning" Frederick Zollo and Robert F. Colesberry, Producers
  • "Rain Man" Mark Johnson, Producer
  • "Working Girl" Douglas Wick, Producer

Short Film (Animated)

  • "The Cat Came Back" Cordell Barker
  • "Technological Threat" Bill Kroyer, Brian Jennings
  • "Tin Toy" John Lasseter, William Reeves

Short Film (Live Action)


  • "Bird" Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Vern Poore, Willie D. Burton
  • "Die Hard" Don Bassman, Kevin F. Cleary, Richard Overton, Al Overton
  • "Gorillas in the Mist" Andy Nelson, Brian Saunders, Peter Handford
  • "Mississippi Burning" Robert Litt, Elliot Tyson, Rick Kline, Danny Michael
  • "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Robert Knudson, John Boyd, Don Digirolamo, Tony Dawe

Sound Effects Editing

  • "Die Hard" Stephen H. Flick, Richard Shorr
  • "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Charles L. Campbell, Louis L. Edemann
  • "Willow" Ben Burtt, Richard Hymns

Visual Effects

  • "Die Hard" Richard Edlund, Al DiSarro, Brent Boates, Thaine Morris
  • "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Ken Ralston, Richard Williams, Edward Jones, George Gibbs
  • "Willow" Dennis Muren, Michael McAlister, Phil Tippett, Chris Evans

Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium)

  • "The Accidental Tourist" Frank Galati, Lawrence Kasdan
  • "Dangerous Liaisons" Christopher Hampton
  • "Gorillas in the Mist" Screenplay by Anna Hamilton Phelan; Story by Anna Hamilton Phelan, Tab Murphy
  • "Little Dorrit" Christine Edzard
  • "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" Jean-Claude Carrière, Philip Kaufman

Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

  • "Big" Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg
  • "Bull Durham" Ron Shelton
  • "A Fish Called Wanda" Screenplay by John Cleese; Story by John Cleese, Charles Crichton
  • "Rain Man" Screenplay by Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow; Story by Barry Morrow
  • "Running on Empty" Naomi Foner

  • Star indicates a win.
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