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The 52nd Academy Awards were presented April 14, 1980, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson who, in noting the long duration of the production, joked that President Jimmy Carter was working hard for their "release" from the ceremonies, a clear reference to the Iranian hostage crisis.

52nd Academy Awards
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Date April 14, 1980 (1980-04-14)
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Hosted by Johnny Carson
Produced by Howard W. Koch
Directed by Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Kramer vs. Kramer
Most awards Kramer vs. Kramer (5)
Most nominations All That Jazz and Kramer vs. Kramer (9)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 12 minutes

Among the nominees for Best Supporting Actor were 8 year-old Justin Henry—the youngest Best Supporting Actor nominee ever—and 79-year-old Melvyn Douglas. This was the largest age difference between two competing actors in Oscar history until 2013. Ironically, their age difference was partially the reason why Douglas did not attend the Oscars that night,[1] despite winning the award. Henry was nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer, which out of its eight other nominations, finished with five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Benton, and Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman.



Dustin Hoffman, Best Actor winner
Sally Field, Best Actress winner
Melvyn Douglas, Best Supporting Actor winner
Meryl Streep, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ( ).[2][3]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound
Best Costume Design Best Art Direction
Best Cinematography Best Film Editing
Best Visual Effects

Special Achievement Awards[2]Edit

Academy Honorary Awards[2]Edit

Medal of Commendation[2]Edit

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award[2]Edit

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[2]Edit

Presenters and performersEdit

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer for the 52nd Academy Awards
Kanin, FayFay Kanin (AMPAS president) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Wayne, PatrickPatrick Wayne Explains the voting rules to the public
Leachman, ClorisCloris Leachman and
Jack Lemmon
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Miller, AnnAnn Miller and
Mickey Rooney
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Parton, DollyDolly Parton and
Ben Vereen
Presenters of the Music Awards
Fairbanks Jr., DouglasDouglas Fairbanks Jr. Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Hays, RobertRobert Hays
Kristy McNichol
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Fawcett, FarrahFarrah Fawcett and
Harold Russell
Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects
Khambatta, PersisPersis Khambatta and
William Shatner
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Hutton, LaurenLauren Hutton and
Telly Savalas
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Gere, RichardRichard Gere Presenter of the Medal of Commendation
Ann-Margret and
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Steiger, RodRod Steiger and
Sally Kellerman
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Douglas, KirkKirk Douglas Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Curtis, Jamie LeeJamie Lee Curtis and
George Hamilton
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Kelly, GeneGene Kelly and
Olivia Newton-John
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Derek, BoBo Derek and
Christopher Reeve
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Matthau, WalterWalter Matthau and
Liza Minnelli
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Hoffman, DustinDustin Hoffman Presenter of the Honorary Award to Alec Guinness
Hawn, GoldieGoldie Hawn and
Steven Spielberg
Presenters of the award for Best Director
Simon, NeilNeil Simon Presenter of the Writing Awards
Mirisch, WalterWalter Mirisch Presenter of the Honorary Award to Hal Elias
Fonda, JaneJane Fonda Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Dreyfuss, RichardRichard Dreyfuss Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Heston, CharltonCharlton Heston Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Mancini, HenryHenry Mancini Musical arranger and Conductor Orchestral
Kermit the Frog,
Miss Piggy and
Paul Williams
Performers "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie
Moore, DudleyDudley Moore
Helen Reddy
Performers "Song from 10 (It's Easy to Say)" from 10
Manchester, MelissaMelissa Manchester Performer "Through the Eyes of Love" from Ice Castles and "I'll Never Say Goodbye" from The Promise
O'Connor, DonaldDonald O'Connor Performer "Dancin' on the Silver Screen"
Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick Performer "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae
Academy Awards Chorus, Academy Awards Chorus Performers "That's Entertainment" during the closing credits

Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Burstein, Patricia (14 April 1980). "Oscar Nominee Melvyn Douglas Recalls 49 Years in Hollywood—and Reagan as a Democrat". People. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f The Official Acadademy Awards® Database
  3. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2011-10-07.