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The 60th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1988 at the Shrine Auditoriummarker, Los Angeles, Californiamarker. The ceremony was the first to be held there since the 20th Academy Awards. The 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, which began on March 7, were mentioned several times during the evening: host Chevy Chase claimed his "entire monologue was generously donated by five Teamsters" and Sean Connery referred to the strike in his acceptance speech.

Billy Wilder won The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. The event was otherwise dominated by two films. The Last Emperor won all nine Oscars for which it was nominated, including two for Bernardo Bertolucci, who won for his direction and for co-writing the screenplay, adapted from the title character's autobiography. It did so in spite of having been "snubbed by several Hollywood studios and mishandled by the company (Columbia Pictures) that finally distributed it." Moonstruck, nominated for six Academy Awards, received three, two in acting categories (for Cher and Olympia Dukakis), and another for its original screenplay. Four films with five or more nominations were shut out:Broadcast News, Hope and Glory, Fatal Attraction, and Empire of the Sun.

Janet Maslin, reviewing the ceremony for The New York Times, said the ceremony "emphasiz[ed] the low-gloss aspects of today's Hollywood"—a lack of gloss made particularly evident by the appearance of presenters Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, who stood out like "visiting royalty"


Award Winner Nominee(s)
Best Actor in a Leading Role Michael DouglasWall Street
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Sean ConneryThe Untouchables
Best Actress in a Leading Role CherMoonstruck
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Olympia DukakisMoonstruck
Best Art Direction The Last Emperor – Art Direction: Ferdinando Scarfiotti; Set Decoration: Bruno Cesari and Osvaldo Desideri
Best Cinematography The Last EmperorVittorio Storaro
Best Costume Design The Last Emperor - James Acheson
Best Director Bernardo BertolucciThe Last Emperor
Best Documentary The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round TableAviva Slesin, Producer
Best Documentary "Young at Heart" – Sue Marx and Pamela Conn, Producers
Best Film Editing The Last EmperorGabriella Cristiani
Best Foreign Language Film Babette's FeastDenmarkmarker
Best Makeup Harry and the HendersonsRick Baker
Best Music The Last EmperorDavid Byrne, Cong Su and Ryuichi Sakamoto
Best Music " The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing – Music by Frankie Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz; Lyric by Franke Previte
Best Picture The Last EmperorJeremy Thomas, Producer
Best Short Film "The Man Who Planted Trees" – Frédéric Back, Producer
Best Short Film "Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall" – Jonathan Sanger and Jana Sue Memel, Producers
Best Sound The Last EmperorBill Rowe and Ivan Sharrock
Best Visual Effects InnerspaceDennis Muren, Bill George, Harley Jessup and Kenneth Winston
Best Writing The Last EmperorMark Peploe and Bernardo Bertolucci
Best Writing MoonstruckJohn Patrick Shanley

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