52nd Academy Awards

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. 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. Their age difference was partially the reason why Douglas did not attend the Oscars that night,[1] despite winning the award.

52nd Academy Awards
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DateApril 14, 1980 (1980-04-14)
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byJohnny Carson
Produced byHoward W. Koch
Directed byMarty Pasetta
Best PictureKramer vs. Kramer
Most awardsKramer vs. Kramer (5)
Most nominationsAll That Jazz and Kramer vs. Kramer (9)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 12 minutes

Kramer vs. Kramer won five awards, including Best Picture. Other winners included All That Jazz with four awards, Apocalypse Now and Norma Rae with two, and Alien, Being There, Best Boy, Board and Care, Breaking Away, Every Child, A Little Romance, Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist, and The Tin Drum with one.


Robert Benton, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Dustin Hoffman, Best Actor winner
Sally Field, Best Actress winner
Melvyn Douglas, Best Supporting Actor winner
Meryl Streep, Best Supporting Actress winner
Vittorio Storaro, Best Cinematography winner
H. R. Giger, Best Visual Effects co-winner
Carlo Rambaldi, Best Visual Effects co-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 and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Special Achievement AwardsEdit


Academy Honorary AwardsEdit


Medal of CommendationEdit


Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardEdit


Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardEdit


Presenters and performersEdit

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


Name Role
Hank Simms Announcer for the 52nd Academy Awards
Fay Kanin (AMPAS president) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Patrick Wayne Explains the voting rules to the public
Cloris Leachman
Jack Lemmon
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Ann Miller
Mickey Rooney
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Dolly Parton
Ben Vereen
Presenters of the Music Awards
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Robert Hays
Kristy McNichol
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Farrah Fawcett
Harold Russell
Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects
Persis Khambatta
William Shatner
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Lauren Hutton
Telly Savalas
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Richard Gere Presenter of the Medal of Commendation
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Sally Kellerman
Rod Steiger
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Kirk Douglas Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Jamie Lee Curtis
George Hamilton
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Gene Kelly
Olivia Newton-John
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Bo Derek
Christopher Reeve
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Walter Matthau
Liza Minnelli
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Dustin Hoffman Presenter of the Honorary Award to Alec Guinness
Goldie Hawn
Steven Spielberg
Presenters of the award for Best Director
Neil Simon Presenter of the Writing Awards
Walter Mirisch Presenter of the Honorary Award to Hal Elias
Jane Fonda Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Richard Dreyfuss Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Charlton Heston Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Henry Mancini Musical arranger and Conductor Orchestral
Kermit the Frog Performer "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie
Dudley Moore
Helen Reddy
Performers "Song from 10 (It's Easy to Say)" from 10
Melissa Manchester Performer "Through the Eyes of Love" from Ice Castles and "I'll Never Say Goodbye" from The Promise
Donald O'Connor Performer "Dancin' on the Silver Screen"
Dionne Warwick Performer "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae
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 Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1979" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".
  3. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2011-10-07.