Oscar Movies: Big Chill, The (1983)


Oscar nominations: 3

Picture, produced by Michael Shamberg
Screenplay (Original): Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek
Supporting Actress: Glenn Close

Oscar awards: None

Oscar Context

The most nominated film in 1983, “Terms of Endearment” received five Oscars out of its 11 nominations. It's one of the few films in the Academy's history, in which two actresses, MacLaine and Winger, were nominated in the lead category; other films include “All About Eve” and The Turning Point,” also with MacLaine (and Anne Bancroft).

The other major competitor was Philip Kaufman's action-adventure “The Right Stuff,” which won four technical wards out of 8 nominations. Two smaller, more intimate dramas, rounded out the Best Picture contest: “The Dresser” and “Tender Mercies.”