Great Scott! “Back to the Future” Day — October 21, 2015 — is finally upon us. As a refresher, this is the day that Marty (Michael J. Fox) and Doc (Christopher Lloyd) time-traveled to in the franchise’s second film in order to save Marty’s son. While legions of fans are currently debating what the film’s futuristic predictions got right (flat screen TVs) and wrong (self-tying shoes), let’s flashback to the trilogy’s time in the Oscar spotlight, which included a 1985 victory for Best Sound Editing.
The original film’s sound effects triumphed 30 years ago at the 58th Academy Awards, hosted by Alan Alda. “Police Academy” scene-stealer Michael Winslow presented the category, with help from Muppets Statler and Waldorf in the balcony of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA.
Sound editors Charles L. Campbell and Robert Rutledge accepted the Oscar for “Back to the Future,” beating out fellow nominees “Ladyhawke” and “Rambo: First Blood Part II.” “For all of you out there who harbor such dreams as I, may your time come, too,” said a poignant Campbell at the podium. Watch the Oscar flashback video below.
The film lost three of its other bids that night, including a notable nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. Four years later the sequel received one nomination, while the final film in the trilogy was skunked in 1990.
Here’s the complete list of Oscar nominations for all three “Back to the Future” films:
“Back to the Future” (1985)
Best Sound Editing – winner
Best Original Screenplay – nominated
Best Sound Mixing – nominated
Best Song (“The Power of Love”) – nominated
“Back to the Future Part II” (1989)
Best Visual Effects – nominated
“Back to the Future Part III” (1990)
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures