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Plot, Details & Awards

An Officer and a Gentleman

R In Theaters 07/28/1982 , 126min.
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Plot & Details

Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he's arrived at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.). Mayo --or "Mayonnaise," as he is dubbed by the irascible Foley -- is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart. Foley rides Mayo mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with working girl Paula Pokrifi (Debra Winger) is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself. Only after Mayo's best friend Sid Worsley (David Keith) commits suicide over an unhappy romance does Zack come out of his shell and mature into a real human being. Take away the R-rated dialogue and the sex scenes, and Officer and a Gentleman could have been a 1937 MGM flick, maybe with Robert Taylor as Zack, Wallace Beery as Foley, and Jimmy Stewart as Sid. An Officer and a Gentleman was nominated for 7 Oscars, with wins to Gossett and to the hit song "Up Where We Belong." The closing scene has surely become a classic of movie romance.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Will Jennings Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Peter Zinner Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Jack Nitzsche Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Douglas Day Stewart Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Debra Winger Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Buffy Sainte-Marie Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Louis Gossett, Jr. Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Jack Nitzsche Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Song Written for a Film Jack Nitzsche Won
1983 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Song Written for a Film Will Jennings Won
1983 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Song Written for a Film Buffy Sainte-Marie Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Richard Gere Nominated
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Debra Winger Nominated
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Jack Nitzsche Won
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Buffy Sainte-Marie Won
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Louis Gossett, Jr. Won
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male David Keith Nominated
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture David Keith Nominated
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Will Jennings Won
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Female Lisa Blount Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Song Written for a Film Jack Nitzsche Won
1983 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Song Written for a Film Will Jennings Won
1983 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Song Written for a Film Buffy Sainte-Marie Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 Directors Guild of America Best Director Taylor Hackford Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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