Absence of Malice (1981)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Melinda Dillon)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Kurt Luedtke)Award details: (details at IMDb)
Absence of Malice is a 1981 American drama film starring Paul Newman, Sally Field, and Bob Balaban, directed by Sydney Pollack. The title refers to the legal definition of libel defamation, and is used in journalism classes to illustrate the conflict between disclosing damaging personal information and the public's right to know.