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Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress - Part 3 (1980 - 2009)

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Almost everyone loves watching the Academy Awards! Countless individuals have dreamed of hearing their name following the words “And, the Oscar goes to…” Although the odds are against most of us ever winning an Oscar; we all still enjoy cheering-on our favorites! But, how many of us can remember the winners? 

Here is a list of Oscar winners in the Best Picture, Actor and Actress categories from 1980 – 2009. For a list of winners from 1927 – 1949 and 1950 – 1979, see the articles; Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress – Parts 1 and 2.

The official name of the Best Picture award has changed several times and has been handed out as follows:

1927/28 – 1928/29: Outstanding Picture
1929/30 – 1940: Outstanding Production
1941 – 1943: Outstanding Motion Picture
1944 – 1961: Best Motion Picture
1962 – Present: Best Picture

For all you movie trivia buffs:

1) Which of the following movies did not win an Academy Award for Best Picture?

a) Casablanca
b) Marty
c) The Wizard of Oz
d) Tom Jones
e) Gone With the Wind

(Answer: See best picture awards for the years 1943; 1955; 1963; and 1939)

2) In what year was there a tie in the Best Actor category? (Answer: See part 3)

3) What was the name of the movie for which Grace Kelly won a Best Actress Award? (Answer: See year 1954)

This list (Part 3) contains the winners for the years 1980 through 2009. 

2000 – 2009

For a majority of Americans, and probably the world, this decade will be remembered for the attacks on the United States by a group of terrorists on September 11, 2001. During the days and weeks after, many pledged to always remember the 2,976 victims (the number does not include the 19 hijackers) whose lives were taken, and the over 6,000 injured.  On that Tuesday morning everything came to a halt, including entertainment. People eventually got back to their lives and the entertainment industry got back to entertainment.  In television news, this was the decade which brought us Survivor (debuted June 6, 2000) and American Idol (Premiered June 11, 2002). These two reality shows set the stage for the onslaught of entertainment programs known as Reality Television.  In movie news, this was the decade when fans of the Harry Potter books were able to see the character come to life in movies. The first installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opened to sellout crowds on November 16, 2000. The play Wicked, the story, told from the witches’ perspective, about the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, opened on Broadway. Film and television writers went on strike in late 2007 and continued on the picket lines until early 2008. The movie Twilight, from the best selling romance novels about vampires and wolfs, premieres. Everyone was stunned by the deaths of Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson. Rapper Kanye West ruins Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMA awards and singer Susan Boyle becomes an international sensation after clips of her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent surface on YouTube. In 2009, Oprah Winfrey announced she would be ending her long time talk show in September of 2011.

Academy Awards for the Best Picture, Actor, and Actress awarded to:


Best Picture: The Hurt Locker

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)


Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor: Sean Penn (Milk)

Best Actress: Kate Winslet (The Reader)


Best Picture: No Country for Old Men

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)


Best Picture: The Departed

Best Actor: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)

Best Actress: Helen Mirren (The Queen)


Best Picture: Crash

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)


Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx (Ray)

Best Actress: Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby)


Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Actor: Sean Penn (Mystic River)
Best Actress: Charlize Theron (Monster)


Best Picture: Chicago
Best Actor: Adrien Brody (The Pianist)
Best Actress: Nicole Kidman (The Hours)


Best Picture: A Beautiful Mind
Best Actor: Denzel Washington (Training Day)
Best Actress: Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball)


Best Picture: Gladiator
Best Actor: Russell Crowe (Gladiator)
Best Actress: Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)

1990 - 1999

The compact disc surpasses cassette tapes as the preferred means for listening to music. The television shows The Simpsons and Seinfeld debut in 1990. Seinfeld’s last episode (airing in 1998) draws an estimated 76 million viewers. Late-night talk show host king, Johnny Carson, hung-up his hosting hat and bid farewell on his final taping of  The Tonight Show. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland. Dance band Milli Vanilli’s Best New Artist Grammy award was revoked upon admission of lip-synching on their “Girl You Know Its True” album. An estimated 95 million viewers watch O.J. Simpson and friend, Al Cowlings, in a low-speed chase by the Los Angeles Police Department, after Simpson’s wife and her friend are found murdered. Over a year later, an estimated 150 million watch as O.J. Simpson is found not guilty by a Los Angeles jury. Over 48 million people tune in to watch the first televised interview of Monica Lewinsky by Barbara Walters.

Academy Awards for the Best Picture, Actor, and Actress awarded to:


Best Picture: American Beauty
Best Actor: Kevin Spacey (American Beauty)
Best Actress: Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry)


Best Picture: Shakespeare in Love
Best Actor: Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful)
Best Actress: Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)


Best Picture: Titanic
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets)
Best Actress: Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets)


Best Picture: The English Patient
Best Actor: Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
Best Actress: Frances McDormand (Fargo)


Best Picture: Braveheart
Best Actor: Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)
Best Actress: Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking)


Best Picture: Forrest Gump
Best Actor: Tom Hamks (Forrest Gump)
Best Actress: Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)


Best Picture: Schindler’s List
Best Actor: Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
Best Actress: Holly Hunter (The Piano)


Best Picture: Unforgiven
Best Actor: Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman)
Best Actress: Emma Thompson (Howards End)


Best Picture: The Silence of the Lambs
Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs)
Best Actress: Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs)


Best Picture: Dances with Wolves
Best Actor: Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune)
Best Actress: Kathy Bates (Misery)

1980 - 1989

Former Beatle, John Lennon is shot dead in New York City. MTV debuts featuring music videos twenty-four hours a day. Pac-Man is a hit across the nation. Michael Jackson releases Thriller and sells over 25 million copies, making it the biggest-selling album in history.  The musical Cats opens on Broadway and becomes Broadway’s longest-running play. Over 125 million viewers tune in to watch the final episode of M*A*S*H.  The Cosby Show begins airing on NBC. The Supreme Court rules that taping television shows at home on VCRs does not violate copyright law. The Oprah Winfrey Show begins broadcasting nationally.

Academy Awards for the Best Picture, Actor, and Actress awarded to:


Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)
Best Actress: Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy)


Best Picture: Rain Man
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)
Best Actress: Jodie Foster (The Accused)


Best Picture: The Last Emperor
Best Actor: Michael Douglas (Wall Street)
Best Actress: Cher (Moonstruck)


Best Picture: Platoon
Best Actor: Paul Newman (The Color of Money)
Best Actress: Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God)


Best Picture: Out of Africa
Best Actor: William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Best Actress: Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful)


Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus)
Best Actress: Sally Field (Places in the Heart)


Best Picture: Terms of Endearment
Best Actor: Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies)
Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment)


Best Picture: Gandhi
Best Actor: Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (Sophie’s Choice)


Best Picture: Chariots of Fire
Best Actor: Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)
Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond)


Best Picture: Ordinary People
Best Actor: Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
Best Actress: Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner’s Daughter)

For a list of winners from 1927 through 1949 and 1950 through 1979, see:

Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress – Part 1 (1927 – 1949)


Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress – Part 2 (1950 – 1979)

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