53rd Academy Awards
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53rd Academy Awards
53rd Academy Awards
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Official poster with original date
DateMarch 31, 1981
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Hosted byJohnny Carson
Produced byNorman Jewison
Directed byMarty Pasetta
Best PictureOrdinary People
Most awardsOrdinary People (4)
Most nominationsThe Elephant Man and Raging Bull (8)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 13 minutes

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 March 30 but were postponed due to the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. The lack of recognition for Christopher Tucker's make-up work on The Elephant Man prompted the creation of the Academy Award for Best Makeup the following year. Henry Fonda was awarded an Academy Honorary Award during this ceremony. He received the Academy Award for Best Actor the following year. This feat would later be duplicated by Paul Newman who also was awarded the Honorary Award during the 58th Academy Awards in 1985, and subsequent would also win the Best Actor award the following year.

Ordinary People won four awards, including Best Picture. Other winners included Tess with three awards, The Empire Strikes Back, Fame, Melvin and Howard, and Raging Bull with two, and Coal Miner's Daughter, The Dollar Bottom, The Fly, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China, Karl Hess: Toward Liberty, and Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears with one.


Robert Redford, Best Director winner
Robert De Niro, Best Actor winner
Photo of Sissy Spacek receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 1, 2011.
Sissy Spacek, Best Actress winner
Photo of Timothy Hutton at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
Timothy Hutton, Best Supporting Actor winner
Photo of Mary Steenbergen receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 16, 2009.
Mary Steenburgen, Best Supporting Actress winner
Bo Goldman, Best Original Screenplay winner
Thelma Schoonmaker, Best Film Editing winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[1][2]

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 Costume Design Best Art Direction
Best Cinematography Best Film Editing

Academy Honorary Award

Special Achievement Award

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
Hank Simms Announcer for the 53rd annual Academy Awards
Ronald Reagan (pre-recorded) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Jack Lemmon
Mary Tyler Moore
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin
Margot Kidder
Presenters of the Short Films Awards
Lily Tomlin Presenter of the Medal of Commendation
Richard Chamberlain
Lesley-Anne Down
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Peter O'Toole
Sissy Spacek
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Nastassja Kinski
Sigourney Weaver
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Jack Valenti Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Bernadette Peters
Billy Dee Williams
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Brooke Shields
Franco Zeffirelli
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
The Nicholas Brothers Presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Richard Pryor
Jane Seymour
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Diana Ross
Donald Sutherland
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Angie Dickinson
Luciano Pavarotti
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
Blythe Danner
Steve Martin
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
George Cukor
King Vidor
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


Name Role Performed
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 awards

See also


  1. ^ "The 53rd Academy Awards (1981) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1980" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".

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