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. 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 Adapted Screenplay 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 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
Presenters and performers
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Simms, HankHank Simms||Announcer for the 53rd annual Academy Awards|
|Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan (pre-recorded)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Lemmon, JackJack Lemmon||Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Moore, Mary TylerMary Tyler Moore|
|Arkin, AlanAlan Arkin||Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards|
|Kidder, MargotMargot Kidder|
|Tomlin, LilyLily Tomlin||Presenter of the Medal of Commendation|
|Down, Lesley-AnneLesley-Anne Down||Presenters of the Documentary Awards|
|Chamberlain, RichardRichard Chamberlain|
|O'Toole, PeterPeter O'Toole||Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Spacek, SissySissy Spacek|
|Kinski, NastassjaNastassja Kinski||Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Weaver, SigourneySigourney Weaver|
|Valenti, JackJack Valenti||Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects|
|Peters, BernadetteBernadette Peters||Presenters of the award for Best Sound|
|Williams, Billy DeeBilly Dee Williams|
|Shields, BrookeBrooke Shields||Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Zeffirelli, FrancoFranco Zeffirelli|
|The Nicholas Brothers||Presenters of the award for Best Original Score|
|Pryor, RichardRichard Pryor||Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Seymour, JaneJane Seymour|
|Ross, DianaDiana Ross||Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Sutherland, DonaldDonald Sutherland|
|Dickinson, AngieAngie Dickinson||Presenters of the award for Best Original Song|
|Pavarotti, LucianoLuciano Pavarotti|
|Ustinov, PeterPeter Ustinov||Presenters of the Writing Awards|
|Redford, RobertRobert Redford||Presenter of the Honorary Award to Henry Fonda|
|Danner, BlytheBlythe Danner||Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Martin, SteveSteve Martin|
|Cukor, GeorgeGeorge Cukor||Presenters of the award for Best Director|
|Vidor, KingKing Vidor|
|Field, SallySally Field||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Hoffman, DustinDustin Hoffman||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Gish, LillianLillian Gish||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Mancini, HenryHenry Mancini||Musical arranger
|Arnaz, LucieLucie Arnaz||Performer||"Hooray for Hollywood"|
|Nelson, WillieWillie Nelson||Performer||"On the Road Again" from Honeysuckle Rose|
|Cara, IreneIrene Cara||Performer||"Fame" and "Out Here On My Own" from Fame|
|Parton, DollyDolly Parton||Performer||"9 to 5" from Nine to Five|
|Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick||Performer||"People Alone" from The Competition|
|Academy Awards Orchestra, Academy Awards Orchestra||Performers||"Hooray for Hollywood (reprise)" (orchestral) during the closing credits|
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.