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Jun23

The Academy Awards, 1985

So about a million years ago in 1985 when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I had just graduated college, I lived in Los Angeles for 2 years. The first year  my roommate and his out of town guests and I decided to head to the Oscars and see who we could see. Now, I can’t imagine it’s THIS easy these days to get where we were standing. I had my old Canon AE-1, a roll of probably 400 (or maybe 800 iso) film, and some kinda crappy-ass Tamrom (24-1000 mm?) zoom lens. (it might have even been a no-name kit lens, now that I think of it…even Tamron was too expensive)  Still, I did what I could from the vantage point we were stuck at.  I must admit – I DO have the propensity to get a little Star-Struck at times, and so this was like a weird kinda Hollywood Dream–it’s SO surreal to see all these celebrities just strolling by you one after the other.

cue fog machine and soft focus transition into flashback….

A C T I O N!

 

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Ed Harris

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Marlee Matlin and William Hurt

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Angelica Houston and Jack Nicholson

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Audrey Hepburn

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Bob Hope

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Cher ( this was the year she wore this notorious outfit )

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Cliff Robertson

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Debbie Reynolds

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Molly Ringwold and Dweezel Zappa (whatever happened to HIM?)

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Earnest and Tovah Borgnine

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Eric Roberts

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F. Murray Abraham

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Ginger Rogers

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James Garner

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Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard

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Jim Henson

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Jon Cryer

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Jon Voight ( and a very young FUTURE Angelina Jolie!!! )

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Kathleen Turner

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Lee Marvin

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Lionel Richie

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Lou Gossett Jr.

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Marvin Hamlisch

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Meryl Streep (!!!)

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Phil Collins ( this was at the PEAK of his early 80's fame )

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Phil Collins and his semi-mullett (...and you WORK your blue ribbon, baby!)

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Richard Farnsworth

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super-perky Sally Field

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Sidney Poitier

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Steve Guttenberg ( WHY was he there, I always wonder? )

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Steven Spielberg

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Tom Selleck

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Whoopie

 

11 Comments

  1. Meg

    Oh my god! These photos are AWESOME! They are a total treasure. I’m not gonna lie – I’m definitely jealous. When I lived in LA, the Oscars were pretty untouchable and everything just caused more gridlock- wish I could have gone! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Eric Foley

    I have to say this is pretty awesome! My fave is the one with Jim Henson!

  3. Richard Esposito

    Wow. This is awesome. Oddly enough today I found a photo of me from 1984!

  4. Robin Dini

    this is super vintage robert norman photography 😉 LOVE Audrey Hepburn. That’s so cool that you got all of these!

  5. katie slatie

    holy sh!#!!!!! Best. Post. Ever!!!!!!! I feel giddy just looking at it! These are treasures!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 So glad you shared this!

  6. Matt fink

    Amazing!! The Angelina Jolie shot is awesome because who knew?!

  7. Bruce

    these are amazing, Robert. Truly amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Alicia Candelora

    Love this! And I love that I would totally wear Angelica Houston’s dress TODAY. Timeless class 🙂

  9. enna

    wow, is tom Selleck’s girlfriend wearing baby’s breath in her hair???

  10. Amanda Herzberger

    OH how the styles have changed – these are fun!!

  11. Mattion Grazier

    Steve Guttenberg was there because Police Academy was one of the greatest films of the 80’s!

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