Oscar Movies: River, The (1984)

Universal

Oscar nominations: 4

Actress: Sissy Spacek
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Sound: Nick Alphin, Robert Thirlwell, Richard Portman
Original Score: John Williams

Oscar awards: None

“The River” won a Special Achievement Award for the Sound Effects Editing by Kay Rose.

Oscar Context

In 1984, “Places in the Heart” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with “Amadeus,” which swept most of the Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Milos Forman, “The Killing Fields,” “A Passage to India,” and “A Soldier's Story.”

Three movies about farm, sort of Hollywood trilogy, all centering about strong women, were made that year: “The River,” with Sissy Spacek, “Country,” with Jessica Lange, and “Places in the Heart,” for which Sally Field won her second Best Actress in five years; the first Oscar was for “Norma Rae.”

Chris Menges won the Cinematography Oscar for “The Killing Fields,” and Maurice Jarre the Sound Award for David Lean's “A Passage to India.”