|54th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 29, 1982|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Hosted by||Johnny Carson|
|Produced by||Howard W. Koch|
|Directed by||Marty Pasetta|
|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. The 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 "Big 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 85th Academy Awards ceremony in 2013. Facilitated in part by their advanced ages at the time (77, 76, 74 and a "young" 56), this is also the most recent ceremony (as of the 2017 presentation of the 89th Academy Awards) for which the four acting award winners are all now deceased – though two of the four did live into their late 90s.
Similar to 1976 and 1977, these Oscars were scheduled directly opposite the NCAA basketball championship game, which this year was broadcast on CBS. Beginning in 1983, NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Game would take place on the Monday following the Academy Awards.
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ().
|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||Best Sound|
|Best Makeup||Best Costume Design|
|Best Art Direction||Best Cinematography|
|Best Film Editing||Best Visual Effects|
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Hank Simms||Announcer for the 54th Academy Awards|
|Fay Kanin (AMPAS President)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Timothy Hutton||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
Howard E. Rollins Jr.
|Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Presenters of the award for Best Makeup|
|Roger Moore||Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Albert R. Broccoli|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Score|
|Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Dan Aykroyd||Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects|
|Presenters of the Documentary Awards|
|Presenters of the Shorts Film Awards|
|Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography|
|John Travolta||Presenter of the Honorary Award to Barbara Stanwyck|
|Presenters of the award for Best Sound|
|Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Bette Midler||Presenter of the award for Best Original Song|
|Gregory Peck||Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Danny Kaye|
|Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Presenters of the award for Best Director|
|Jerzy Kosi?ski||Presenter of the Writing Awards|
|Jon Voight||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Sissy Spacek||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Loretta Young||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Bill Conti||Musical arranger and conductor||Orchestral|
|Kermit the Frog
|Performers||"The First Time It Happens" from The Great Muppet Caper|
|Performers||"For Your Eyes Only" from For Your Eyes Only|
|Liberace||Performer||Medley of the nominated scores|
|Performers||"Endless Love" from Endless Love|
|John Schneider||Performer||"One More Hour" from Ragtime|
Academy Awards Chorus
|Performers||"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",
"There Will Never Be Another You" and
|Christopher Cross||Performer||"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur|
|Academy Awards Chorus||Performers||"That's Entertainment!"|
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.