Oscar Movies: Terms of Endearment (1983)


Oscar nominations: 11

Picture, produced by James L. Brooks
Director: James L. Brooks
Screenplay (Adapted): James L. Brooks
Actress: Shirley MacLaine
Actress: Debra Winger
Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson
Supporting Actor: John Lithgow
Art direction-set decoration: Polly Platt and Harold Michelson; Tom Pedigo and Anthony Mondello
Film Editing: Richard Marks
Sound: Donald O. Mitchell, Rick Kline, Kevin O'Connell, and James Alexander
Original Score: Michael Gore

Oscar awards: 5

Actress: MacLaine
Supporting Actor: Nicholson

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).

Its major competitor was Philip Kaufman's action-adventure “The Right Stuff,” which won four technical wards out of 8 nominations. The three other contenders were smaller, more intimate dramas: “The Big Chill,” “The Dresser,” and “Tender Mercies.”