It was 1987 and I can tell you it was a year that really motivated me. You might wonder what it motivated me to do. Well, let’s begin at the top. First of all, I wanted to help Arnold Schwarzenegger blow up the incredibly frightening and most annoying “Predator’. He also appeared in the ever-popular “RoboCop” with guns blazing.
That summer made me want to just dance and dance. It was the year of the fantastic movie “Dirty Dancing”. I fell in love with both Patrick Swayze and dancing in general. It was also the year when I realized that I’m out of practice by doing one of Jennifer Grey’s fanciest moves and spraining my ankle.
I wanted to grab a gun and shoot Glen Close as Alex because enough was enough in the movie “Fatal Attraction”. It also took me a while not to flinch every time I saw a woman with blond curly hair on the streets of New York City.
I wanted to create fantasies of my own being inspired by “The Princess Bride”.
I knew that big investments were not for me when I saw what happened in “Wall Street” starring Michael Douglas.
Cher made me dream about and thrill about romance and the full summer moon above in “Moonstruck”. I must have listened to Dean Martin’s song “That’s Amore” with a sappy look upon my face singing along, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore”. Don’t you dare laugh it was seriously romantic stuff.
One of my all-time favorite movies came out “Lethal Weapon” with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and I fell in love with Gibson’s unkempt but handsome looks. Since then I have seen all of the “Lethal Weapon” movies at least a number of times.
I was extremely glad I was a bad swimmer and kept to the shore when “JAWS The Revenge” came out. I sure wanted to blow that shark right out of the water.
These are just some of the movies that came out that year and had an influence on me. It would take practically forever to mention them all. So with all of that going on you can imagine that it was tough for the Academy to pick the nominees for the 1987 Academy Awards which were held on Monday, April 11, 1988, at the Shrine Civic Auditorium with Chevy Chase as the host. All that’s left to say is –
And the winners were:
Best Picture: The Last Emperor
Best Actor: Michael Douglas (“Wall Street”)
Best Actress: Cher (“Moonstruck”)
Supporting Actor: Sean Connery (“The Untouchables”)
Supporting Actress: Olympia Dukakis (“Moonstruck”)
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci (“The Last Emperor”)
Song: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (“Dirty Dancing”)
I would have liked to see “Dirty Dancing” with top honors but as you can see the choice was a much more serious movie and not among my favorites. I was thrilled about the fact that at least the song came from “Dirty Dancing” and we know that a great many of the other songs from the movie are still popular today.