53rd Academy Awards
|53rd Academy Awards|
|Date||Tuesday, March 31, 1981|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles|
|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|
The 53rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1980, were presented March 31, 1981, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 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.
David Lynch's The Elephant Man and Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, with 8 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 7 nominations while Ordinary People and The Stunt Man were also nominated.
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.
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 2014, this is the earliest Oscars for which all five directing nominees are still living.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Award
Special Achievement Award
- Alan Arkin and Margot Kidder (Presenters: Short Subjects Awards)
- George Cukor and King Vidor (Presenters: Best Director)
- Blythe Danner and Steve Martin (Presenters: Best Cinematography)
- Angie Dickinson and Luciano Pavarotti (Presenters: Best Original Song)
- Sally Field (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Lillian Gish (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Dustin Hoffman (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Nastassja Kinski and Sigourney Weaver (Presenters: Best Costume Design)
- Jack Lemmon and Mary Tyler Moore (Presenters: Best Supporting Actor)
- The Nicholas Brothers (Presenters: Best Original Score)
- Peter O'Toole and Sissy Spacek (Presenters: Best Art Direction)
- Bernadette Peters and Billy Dee Williams (Presenter: Best Sound)
- Richard Pryor and Jane Seymour (Presenters: Best Film Editing)
- Robert Redford (Presenter: Honorary Award to Henry Fonda)
- Diana Ross and Donald Sutherland (Presenters: Best Supporting Actress)
- Brooke Shields and Franco Zeffirelli (Presenters: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Peter Ustinov (Presenters: Writing Awards)
- Jack Valenti (Presenter: Best Visual Effects)
- Lily Tomlin (Presenter: Medal of Commendation)
- Lesley-Anne Down and Richard Chamberlain (Presenters: Documentary Awards)
- Lucie Arnaz ("Hooray for Hollywood")
- Irene Cara ("Fame" and "Out Here On My Own" from Fame)
- Willie Nelson ("On the Road Again" from Honeysuckle Rose)
- Dolly Parton ("9 to 5" from Nine to Five)
- Dionne Warwick ("People Alone" from The Competition)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- 38th Golden Globe Awards
- 1st Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1980 in film
- 23rd Grammy Awards
- 32nd Primetime Emmy Awards
- 33rd Primetime Emmy Awards
- 34th British Academy Film Awards
- 35th Tony Awards
- "The 53rd Academy Awards (1981) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "The Official Academy Awards Database". awardsdatabase.oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 9, 2009.