Fanny and Alexander at The Oscars


Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander broke the record for wins for a Foreign Language Film at the 1984 Academy Awards, and it still holds that record to this day.

The film received six nominations, the third highest number behind Terms of Endearment and The Right Stuff – because it was submitted for Best Foreign Language Film it was not eligible for a Best Picture Nomination. Of its six nominations, it won four.

This was Bergman’s third and final Best Foreign Language Film win, having previously accepted the accolade for The Virgin Spring (1960) and Through a Glass Darkly (1961).

1984 Academy Awards

Best Foreign Language Film 

Fanny and Alexander (Sweden)

  • Carmen (Spain)
  • Entre Nous (France)
  • Job’s Revolt (Hungary)
  • The Ball (Algeria)

Best Director

James L. Brooks – Terms of Endearment

  • Peter Yates – The Dresser
  • Ingmar Bergman – Fanny and Alexander
  • Mike Nichols – Silkwood
  • Bruce Beresford – Tender Mercies

Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Tender Mercies – Horton Foote

  • The Big Chill – Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek
  • Fanny and Alexander – Ingmar Bergman
  • Silkwood – Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen
  • WarGames – Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes

Best Cinematography 

Fanny and Alexander – Sven Nykvist

  • Flashdance – Don Peterman
  • The Right Stuff – Caleb Deschanel
  • WarGames – William A. Fraker
  • Zelig – Gordon Willis

Best Art Direction 

Fanny and Alexander – Art Direction and Set Decoration: Anna Asp

  • Return of the Jedi – Art Direction: Norman Reynolds, Fred Hole and James Schoppe; Set Decoration: Michael Ford
  • The Right Stuff – Art Direction: Geoffrey Kirkland, Richard J. Lawrence, W. Stewart Campbell and Peter Romero; Set Decoration: George R. Nelson
  • Terms of Endearment – Art Direction: Polly Platt and Harold Michelson; Set Decoration: Tom Pedigo and Anthony Mondell
  • Yentl – Art Direction: Roy Walker and Leslie Tomkins; Set Decoration: Tessa Davies

Best Costume Design 

Fanny and Alexander – Marik Vos

  • Cross Creek – Joe I. Tompkins
  • Heart Like a Wheel – William Ware Theiss
  • The Return of Martin Guerre – Anne-Marie Marchand
  • Zelig – Santo Loquasto

Stephen Beresford’s adaptation of Fanny and Alexander runs at The Old Vic until 14 April 2018.

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