Oscar Movies: Witness (1985)

Paramount (Edward S. Feldman Production)

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by Edward S. Feldman
Director: Peter Weir
Screenplay (Original): Earl W. Wallace and William Kelley; story by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, and Earl W. Wallace
Actor: Harrison Ford
Cinematography: John Seale
Art direction-set decoration: Stan Joley; John Anderson
Film Editing: Thom Noble
Original Score: Maurice Jarre

Oscar awards: 2

Screenplay
Original Score

Oscar Context:

Two films in 1985 were nominated for 11 Oscars: Pollack's “Out of Africa,” which swept the awards, including Best Picture, and Steven Spielberg's “The Color Purple,” which lost in each of its 11 categories.

The other three Best Picture nominees were of a smaller-scale: Peter Weir's “Witness,” with 8 nods, John Huston's “Prizzi's Honor,” also 8, and the indie “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” which brought Best Actor Oscar to William Hurt.

This is the sole Oscar nomination of Harrison Ford, who has appeared in many good, commercial but not Oscar-stuff movies, such as the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” film franchises.