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The Oscars for the year 1981


Winners are shown in red


Best Picture

* Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) - Bernard Schwartz
* Elephant Man, The (1980) - Jonathan Sanger
* Ordinary People (1980) - Ronald L. Schwary
* Raging Bull (1980) - Irwin Winkler; Robert Chartoff
* Tess (1979) - Claude Berri; Timothy Burrill

Best Actor in a Leading Role

* Elephant Man, The (1980) - John Hurt
* Great Santini, The (1979) - Robert Duvall (I)
* Raging Bull (1980) - Robert De Niro
* Stunt Man, The (1980) - Peter O'Toole (I)
* Tribute (1980) - Jack Lemmon

Best Actress in a Leading Role

* Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) - Sissy Spacek
* Gloria (1980) - Gena Rowlands
* Ordinary People (1980) - Mary Tyler Moore
* Private Benjamin (1980) - Goldie Hawn
* Resurrection (1980) - Ellen Burstyn

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

* Great Santini, The (1979) - Michael O'Keefe
* Melvin and Howard (1980) - Jason Robards
* Ordinary People (1980) - Judd Hirsch
* Ordinary People (1980) - Timothy Hutton
* Raging Bull (1980) - Joe Pesci

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

* Inside Moves (1980) - Diana Scarwid
* Melvin and Howard (1980) - Mary Steenburgen
* Private Benjamin (1980) - Eileen Brennan
* Raging Bull (1980) - Cathy Moriarty
* Resurrection (1980) - Eva LeGallienne

Best Director

* Elephant Man, The (1980) - David Lynch (I)
* Ordinary People (1980) - Robert Redford (I)
* Raging Bull (1980) - Martin Scorsese
* Stunt Man, The (1980) - Richard Rush
* Tess (1979) - Roman Polanski

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

* Brubaker (1980) - W.D. Richter; Arthur A. Ross
* Fame (1980) - Christopher Gore
* Melvin and Howard (1980) - Bo Goldman
* Mon oncle d'Amerique (1980) - Jean Gruault
* Private Benjamin (1980) - Nancy Meyers; Charles Shyer; Harvey Miller (I)

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

* 'Breaker' Morant (1980) - Jonathan Hardy; David Stevens (I); Bruce Beresford
* Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) - Thomas Rickman
* Elephant Man, The (1980) - Christopher De Vore; Eric Bergren; David Lynch (I)
* Ordinary People (1980) - Alvin Sargent
* Stunt Man, The (1980) - Lawrence B. Marcus; Richard Rush

Best Cinematography

* Blue Lagoon, The (1980) - Nestor Almendros
* Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) - Ralf D. Bode
* Formula, The (1980) - James Crabe
* Raging Bull (1980) - Michael Chapman (I)
* Tess (1979) - Geoffrey Unsworth; Ghislain Cloquet

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

* Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) - John W. Corso; John M. Dwyer
* Elephant Man, The (1980) - Stuart Craig (I); Robert Cartwright; Hugh Scaife
* Kagemusha (1980) - Yoshiro Muraki
* Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Norman Reynolds; Leslie Dilley; Harry Lange; Alan Tomkins; Michael Ford (I)
* Tess (1979) - Pierre Guffroy; Jack Stephens (I)

Best Costume Design

* Elephant Man, The (1980) - Patricia Norris
* My Brilliant Career (1979) - Anna Senior
* Somewhere in Time (1980) - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
* Tess (1979) - Anthony Powell (I)
* When Time Ran Out... (1980) - Paul Zastupnevich

Best Sound

* Altered States (1980) - Arthur Piantadosi; Les Fresholtz; Michael Minkler; Willie D. Burton
* Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) - Richard Portman; Roger Heman Jr.; James R. Alexander
* Fame (1980) - Michael J. Kohut; Aaron Rochin (I); Jay M. Harding; Christopher Newman (I)
* Raging Bull (1980) - Donald O. Mitchell; Bill Nicholson (I); David J. Kimball; Les Lazarowitz
* Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Bill Varney; Steve Maslow; Gregg Landaker; Peter Sutton (I)

Best Film Editing

* Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) - Arthur Schmidt (I)
* Competition, The (1980) - David E. Blewitt
* Elephant Man, The (1980) - Anne V. Coates
* Fame (1980) - Gerry Hambling
* Raging Bull (1980) - Thelma Schoonmaker

Best Music, Song

* Competition, The (1980) - Lalo Schifrin (music); Will Jennings (II) (lyrics) - For the song "People Alone"
* Fame (1980) - Michael Gore (music); Lesley Gore (lyrics) - For the song "Out Here on My Own"
* Fame (1980) - Michael Gore (music); Dean Pitchford (lyrics) - For the song "Fame"
* Honeysuckle Rose (1980) - Willie Nelson - For the song "On the Road Again"
* Nine to Five (1980) - Dolly Parton - For the song "Nine to Five"

Best Music, Original Score

* Altered States (1980) - John Corigliano
* Elephant Man, The (1980) - John Morris (II)
* Fame (1980) - Michael Gore
* Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - John Williams (I)
* Tess (1979) - Philippe Sarde

Best Short Film, Animated Films

* History of the World in Three Minutes Flat (1980) - Michael Mills (I)
* Legy, A (1980) - Ferenc Rofusz
* Tout rien (1980) - Frederic Back

Best Short Film, Live Action

* Dollar Bottom, The (1980) - Lloyd Phillips
* Fall Line (1980) - Robert Carmichael; Greg Lowe
* Jury of Her Peers, A (1980) - Sally Heckel

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

* Don't Mess with Bill (1980) - John Watson (I); Pen Densham
* Eruption of Mount St. Helens!, The (1980) - George Casey
* It's the Same World (1980) - Dick Young (II)
* Karl Hess: Toward Liberty (1980) - Roland Halle; Peter W. Ladue
* Luther Metke at 94 (1980) - Richard Hawkins (II); Jorge Preloran

Best Documentary, Features

* Agee (1980) - Ross Spears
* Day After Trinity, The (1980) - Jon Else
* From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1980) - Murray Lerner
* Front Line (1980) - David Bradbury (I)
* Gelbe Stern, Der (1980) - Bengt von zur Muhlen; Arthur Cohn

Best Foreign Language Film

* Bizalom (1979) - Hungary
* Dernier metro, Le (1980) - France
* Kagemusha (1980) - Japan
* Moskva slezam ne verit (1979) - Soviet Union
* Nido, El (1979) - Spain

Honorary Award

* Henry Fonda - The consummate actor, in recognition of his brilliant accomplishments and enduring contribution to the art of motion pictures.

Special Achievement Award

* Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Brian Johnson (I); Richard Edlund; Dennis Muren; Bruce Nicholson - For the visual effects.

Medal of Commendation

* Fred Hynes - In appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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