`Last Emperor' sweeps Oscars
Los Angeles — ``The Last Emperor,'' the lavish epic of China, directed by an Italian, conquered Hollywood by capturing nine Oscars, the most for any film in 26 years. Cher won best actress for portrayal of a widow who discovers love in ``Moonstruck.''
Michael Douglas, the greedy, unethical inside trader of ``Wall Street,'' was named best actor at Monday night's 60th annual Academy Awards ceremony.
Best supporting performers were Olympia Dukakis, as Cher's outspoken Italian mother coping with a wayward husband in ``Moonstruck,'' and Sean Connery, the hard-fisted, incorruptible Chicago beat cop in ``The Untouchables.''
``Broadcast News,'' ``Good Morning, Vietnam,'' and ``Hope and Glory'' received no awards.
In addition to best picture, ``The Last Emperor'' won in every category in which it was nominated, including screenplay adaptation, costumes, original score, art direction, cinematography, sound, editing, and the directing award to filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci. The movie's nine Oscars marked the biggest haul since ``West Side Story'' took 10 in 1962. The all-time champ, ``Ben Hur,'' won 11 in 1960.
The other winners:
Screenplay: ``Moonstruck,'' John Patrick Shanley.
Foreign film: ``Babette's Feast,'' Denmark.
Documentary feature: ``The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table,'' Aviva Slesin.
Documentary short subject: ``Young at Heart,'' Sue Marx and Pamela Conn.
Makeup: ``Harry and the Hendersons,'' Rick Baker.
Original song: ``(I've Had) The Time of My Life,'' ``Dirty Dancing''; Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz; lyric, Franke Previte.
Animated short film: ``The Man Who Planted Trees,'' Frederic Back.
Live-action short film: ``Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall,'' Jonathan Sanger and Jana Sue Memel.
Visual effects: ``Innerspace,'' Dennis Muren, William George, Harley Jessup, and Kenneth Smith.
Irving G. Thalberg Award: Director Billy Wilder.
Special achievement: Sound effects editing team on ``Robocop.''
Gordon E. Sawyer: Movie sound specialist Fred Hynes.