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And its innovative Steadi-cam cinematography by John Alcott was also ignored.And director Walter Hill's violent adult Western The Long Riders about the James-Younger gang was completely empty-handed in the nominations department, as was the definitive comedy spoof film Airplane! Other films without Best Picture nominations (and no nominations at all for most of them) included Melvin and Howard, My Brilliant Career (with only one nomination for Best Costume Design), Return of the Secaucus Seven, Brian De Palma's thriller Dressed to Kill (with Michael Caine and Angie Dickinson), and American Gigolo.
The second film in the Star Wars sci-fi trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back by director Irvin Kershner, was overlooked as a Best Picture nominee.
Jodie Foster was un-nominated as modern-day teenager Jeanie in director Adrian Lyne's feature film debut Foxes, and Helen Mirren was denied a nomination for her role as co-star Bob Hoskin's crime boss wife Victoria in John Mackenzie's British modern crime classic The Long Good Friday.
Although Dolly Parton received a Best Song nomination for music and lyrics for the title song in 9 to 5 (the film's sole nomination), she was un-nominated for her film debut role as married secretary Doralee Rhodes.
Robert De Niro (with his fourth nomination and second Oscar win) finally won his first Best Actor Oscar in his fourth film with director Martin Scorsese.
The Oscar was for his brilliant, realistic performance as the raw and brutal, but washed-up boxer Jake La Motta who becomes overweight and forgotten in Raging Bull.