Oscar Movies: River, The (1984)–Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek

Real Impact

The three Oscar-nominated actresses were invited to testify before a congressional committee hearing on the plight of American farmers.


Oscar Nominations: 4


Actress: Sissy Spacek

Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmund

Sound: Nick Alphin

Original Score: John Williams

Oscar Awards:

Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing: Kay Rose

Oscar Context:


Sally Field won her second best Actress Oscar for “Places in the Heart.” The other nominees were:  Judy Davis for “A Passage to India,” Jessica Lange for “Country,” Vanessa Redgrave for “The Bostonians.”

Chris Menges won the Cinematography Oscar for “The Killing Fields.”  Maurice Jarre won the Score award for “A Passage to India,” and “Amadeus” received the Sound Oscar.