53rd Academy Awards
The 53rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1980, were presented March 31, 1981, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies, which were presided over by Johnny Carson, were originally scheduled for the previous day but were postponed due to the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
|53rd Academy Awards|
|Date||March 31, 1981|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles|
|Hosted by||Johnny Carson|
|Produced by||Norman Jewison|
|Directed by||Marty Pasetta|
|Best Picture||Ordinary People|
|Most awards||Ordinary People (4)|
|Most nominations||The Elephant Man and Raging Bull (8)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 13 minutes|
David Lynch's The Elephant Man and Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, with eight nominations each, had the most nominations of this year's films. Their nominations included Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Michael Apted's Coal Miner's Daughter received seven nominations while Ordinary People and Tess received six.
The year's winner of acting categories also marked as the closest span ever between the four winners, all of whom were under 40 when they won the award. Robert De Niro was 37 when awarded Best Actor, Sissy Spacek was 31 when awarded Best Actress, Timothy Hutton was 20 when awarded Best Supporting Actor, and Mary Steenburgen was 28 when awarded Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Hutton was the youngest ever Best Supporting Actor winner. His award was one of four that Ordinary People won, more than any other movie; the movie also won Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Redford and Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for Alvin Sargent.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Eva Le Gallienne was born in 1899, which made her the last acting nominee to be born in the nineteenth century. As of 2017[update], this is the earliest Oscars for which all five directing nominees are still living.
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ( ).
Academy Honorary AwardEdit
Special Achievement AwardEdit
Presenters and performersEdit
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Hank Simms||Announcer for the 53rd annual Academy Awards|
|Ronald Reagan (pre-recorded)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
Mary Tyler Moore
|Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Presenters of the Short Films Awards|
|Lily Tomlin||Presenter of the Medal of Commendation|
|Presenters of the Documentary Awards|
|Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Jack Valenti||Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects|
Billy Dee Williams
|Presenters of the award for Best Sound|
|Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|The Nicholas Brothers||Presenters of the award for Best Original Score|
|Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Song|
|Peter Ustinov||Presenters of the Writing Awards|
|Robert Redford||Presenter of the Honorary Award to Henry Fonda|
|Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Presenters of the award for Best Director|
|Sally Field||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Dustin Hoffman||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Lillian Gish||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Henry Mancini||Musical arranger and Conductor||Orchestral|
|Lucie Arnaz||Performer||"Hooray for Hollywood"|
|Willie Nelson||Performer||"On the Road Again" from Honeysuckle Rose|
|Irene Cara||Performer||"Fame" and "Out Here On My Own" from Fame|
|Dolly Parton||Performer||"9 to 5" from Nine to Five|
|Dionne Warwick||Performer||"People Alone" from The Competition|
|Academy Awards Orchestra||Performers||"Hooray for Hollywood (reprise)" (orchestral) during the closing credits|
Multiple nominations and awardsEdit
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- "The 53rd Academy Awards (1981) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2011-10-07.