54th Academy Awards
|54th Academy Awards|
|Date||Monday, March 29, 1982|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles|
|Producer||Howard W. Koch, Melvin Frank|
|Best Picture||Chariots of Fire|
|Most awards||Chariots of Fire and Raiders of the Lost Ark (4)|
|Most nominations||Reds (12)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 44 minutes|
Chariots of Fire was the surprise winner (with a leading 12 nominations Reds had been expected to win) of the Best Picture Oscar. It was the first time in 13 years that a British film won the Academy's top honor. Next year's winner, Gandhi, was also a British production.
Henry Fonda won his only competitive Oscar this year, as Best Actor for On Golden Pond. At 76 years of age, Fonda became the oldest winner in the Best Actor category in Academy history. The only other nomination he received in his career was Best Actor for his performance in The Grapes of Wrath 41 years earlier - a record gap between acting nominations. His co-star, Katharine Hepburn, won her fourth Best Actress award, extending her own record for the most Best Actress wins by any actress.
This year's nominations also marked the second time (after 1967) that three different films were nominated for the "Top Five" Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay. The three films were On Golden Pond, Atlantic City and Reds. However, none of them won the Best Picture prize, losing to Chariots of Fire. This also marked the first year that the award for Best Makeup was presented; the winner was Rick Baker for his work on An American Werewolf in London.
This was the last year until the 2005 Oscars where all five Best Picture nominations were also nominated for Best Director. Reds was the last film to gain nominations in all four acting categories until Silver Linings Playbook matched that feat at the 2013 Oscars.
As of 2014, this is the most recent Oscars where all four acting winners have died.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Honorary Academy Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Gordon E. Sawyer Award
Special Achievement Academy Award
- Karen Allen and Howard Rollins (Presenters: Best Art Direction)
- Ursula Andress and Harry Hamlin (Presenters: Best Film Editing)
- Christopher Atkins and Kristy McNichol (Presenters: Best Sound)
- Dan Aykroyd (Presenter: Best Visual Effects)
- Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss (Presenters: Documentary Awards)
- Carol Burnett and Joel Grey (Presenters: Best Supporting Actor)
- Chevy Chase and Rachel Ward (Presenters: Best Cinematography)
- Morgan Fairchild and Robert Hays (Presenters: Best Costume Design)
- Kim Hunter and Vincent Price (Presenters: Best Makeup)
- William Hurt and Kathleen Turner (Presenters: Best Original Score)
- Timothy Hutton (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Jerzy Kosinski (Presenter: Writing Awards)
- Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau (Presenters: Best Director)
- Bette Midler (Presenter: Best Original Song)
- Roger Moore (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
- Ornella Muti and Jack Valenti (Presenters: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Gregory Peck (Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award)
- Sissy Spacek (Presenter: Best Actor)
- John Travolta (Presenter: Honorary Award to Barbara Stanwyck)
- Jon Voight (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Paul Williams and Debra Winger (Presenter: Short Subjects Awards)
- Loretta Young (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Liberace performed all the nominated music for Best Original Score
- Debbie Allen and Gregory Hines (“Medley: Lullaby of Broadway/The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money)/You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me/You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby/I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)/She's a Latin from Manhattan/I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)/Chattanooga Choo Choo/On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe/You'll Never Know/I'll String Along with You/Shuffle Off to Buffalo/Lulu's Back in Town/Jeepers Creepers/Nagasaki/There Will Never Be Another You/Forty-Second Street")
- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy (“The First Time It Happens” from The Great Muppet Caper)
- Christopher Cross ("Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur)
- Sheena Easton ("For Your Eyes Only" from For Your Eyes Only)
- Lionel Richie and Diana Ross ("Endless Love" from Endless Love)
- John Schneider ("One More Hour" from Ragtime)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- 1981 in film
- 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards
- 24th Grammy Awards
- 33rd Primetime Emmy Awards
- 34th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 35th British Academy Film Awards
- 36th Tony Awards
- 39th Golden Globe Awards
- Submissions for the 54th Academy Award for Best Foreign Film
- "The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
- "The Official Academy Awards Database". awardsdatabase.oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- Blast from the Past: The Oscars of 1982, a January 2007 Entertainment Weekly article looking back at the 54th Academy Awards ceremony.