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Annual Academy Awards


Format: 2 DVD-R (VHS-Transfer)

Date: March 31, 1981

Total Time: DVD 1: 1 h 30 m/DVD 2: 1 h 15 m

Venue: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Host: Johnny Carson

John Williams
Best Score Nomination:
The Empire Strikes Back

Best Picture: Ordinary People

The show was originally scheduled for March 30
but it was postponed because of the assassination attempt
on President Ronald Reagan.

On the red carpet: Sigourney Weaver

Billy Dee Williams

Diana Ross and Michael Jackson

Peter O'Toole

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Johnny Carson

President Reagan, who had been shot by John Hinckley on March 30,
in a pre-recorded clip for the show's opening.

The show aired on March 31. Reagan was reportedly watching it
from his hospital bed.

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Mary Tyler Moore and Jack Lemmon present the award for Best Supporting Actor to...

Richard Chamberlain and Lesley-Anne Down

Willie Nelson: On the Road Again

Alan Arkin and Margot Kidder

Sissy Spacek and Peter O'Toole present the nominations for Best Art Direction.

Nominated: The Empire Strikes Back

Irene Cara: Fame

Sigourney Weaver and Nastassja Kinski present the award for Best Costume Design to...

Jack Valenti presents The Empire Strikes Back
with a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects.

The Special Achievement Award goes to
Brian Johnson, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren and Bruce Nicholson from ILM.

Richard Edlund

Dennis Muren

Franco Zeffirelli and Brooke Shields present the award for Best Foreign Language Film to...

Billy Dee Williams and Bernadette Peters present the award for Best Sound to...

Dionne Warwick

Fayard and Harold Nicholas - The Tap-Dancing Nicholas Brothers

Western civilization reaches an all-time low:

Fame ridiculously wins for Best Score over The Empire Strikes Back.

Luciano Pavarotti

Henry Mancini, Conductor

Luciano Pavarotti and Angie Dickinson

Peter Ustinov presents the awards for Best Adapted and Best Original Screenplay.

Robert Redford presents Henry Fonda with an Honorary Award.

Blythe Danner and Steve Martin present the award for Best Cinematography to...

George Cukor and King Vidor

Sally Field

Dustin Hoffman

"Ladies and gentlemen of the Academy, your choice is..."

Lillian Gish presents the five films nominated for Best Picture:

Coal Miner's Daughter

The Elephant Man

Ordinary People

Raging Bull



Art Direction: Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Harry Lange, Alan Tomkins; Set Decoration: Michael Ford

MUSIC (Original Score)
John Williams

Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Peter Sutton

Brian Johnson, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Bruce Nicholson

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

The Elephant Man -- David Lynch
* Ordinary People -- Robert Redford
Raging Bull -- Martin Scorsese
The Stunt Man -- Richard Rush
Tess -- Roman Polanski

Ellen Burstyn -- Resurrection {"Edna May"}
Goldie Hawn -- Private Benjamin {"Judy Benjamin"}
Mary Tyler Moore -- Ordinary People {"Beth Jarrett"}
Gena Rowlands -- Gloria {"Gloria Swenson"}
* Sissy Spacek -- Coal Miner's Daughter {"Loretta Lynn"}

Eileen Brennan -- Private Benjamin {"Captain Doreen Lewis"}
Eva Le Gallienne -- Resurrection {"Grandma Pearl"}
Cathy Moriarty -- Raging Bull {"Vicki LaMotta"}
Diana Scarwid -- Inside Moves {"Louise"}
* Mary Steenburgen -- Melvin and Howard {"Lynda Dummar"}

* Robert De Niro -- Raging Bull {"Jake LaMotta"}
Robert Duvall -- The Great Santini {"Bull Meechum"}
John Hurt -- The Elephant Man {"John Merrick"}
Jack Lemmon -- Tribute {"Scottie Templeton"}
Peter O'Toole -- The Stunt Man {"Eli Cross"}

Judd Hirsch -- Ordinary People {"Dr. Berger"}
* Timothy Hutton -- Ordinary People {"Conrad Jarrett"}
Michael O'Keefe -- The Great Santini {"Ben Meechum"}
Joe Pesci -- Raging Bull {"Joey LaMotta"}
Jason Robards -- Melvin and Howard {"Howard Hughes"}

Coal Miner's Daughter -- Art Direction: John W. Corso; Set Decoration: John M. Dwyer
The Elephant Man -- Art Direction: Stuart Craig, Bob Cartwright; Set Decoration: Hugh Scaife
The Empire Strikes Back -- Art Direction: Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Harry Lange, Alan Tomkins; Set Decoration: Michael Ford
Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) -- Yoshiro Muraki
* Tess -- Art Direction: Pierre Guffroy, Jack Stephens

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

The Elephant Man -- Patricia Norris
My Brilliant Career -- Anna Senior
Somewhere in Time -- Jean-Pierre Dorleac
* Tess -- Anthony Powell
When Time Ran Out -- Paul Zastupnevich

Agee -- Ross Spears, Producer
The Day After Trinity -- Jon Else, Producer
* From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China -- Murray Lerner, Producer
Front Line -- David Bradbury, Producer
The Yellow Star - The Persecution of the Jews in Europe 1933-45 -- Bengt von zur Muehlen and Arthur Cohn, Producers

DOCUMENTARY (Short Subject)
Don't Mess with Bill -- John Watson and Pen Densham, Producers
The Eruption of Mount St. Helens -- George Casey, Producer
It's the Same World -- Dick Young, Producer
* Karl Hess: Toward Liberty -- Roland Hallé and Peter W. Ladue, Producers
Luther Metke at 94 -- Richard Hawkins and Jorge Preloran, Producers

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

Confidence -- Hungary
Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) -- Japan
The Last Metro -- France
* Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears -- Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
The Nest -- Spain

MUSIC (Original Score)
Altered States -- John Corigliano
The Elephant Man -- John Morris
The Empire Strikes Back -- John Williams
* Fame -- Michael Gore
Tess -- Philippe Sarde

MUSIC (Original Song)
* "Fame" from Fame -- Music by Michael Gore; Lyric by Dean Pitchford
"Nine to Five" from Nine to Five -- Music and Lyric by Dolly Parton
"On the Road Again" from Honeysuckle Rose -- Music and Lyric by Willie Nelson
"Out Here On My Own" from Fame -- Music by Michael Gore; Lyric by Lesley Gore
"People Alone" from The Competition -- Music by Lalo Schifrin; Lyric by Wilbur Jennings

SHORT FILM (Animated)
All Nothing -- Frédéric Back, Producer
* The Fly -- Ferenc Rofusz, Producer
History of the World in Three Minutes Flat -- Michael Mills, Producer

SHORT FILM (Dramatic Live Action)
* The Dollar Bottom -- Lloyd Phillips, Producer
Fall Line -- Bob Carmichael and Greg Lowe, Producers
A Jury of Her Peers -- Sally Heckel, Producer

Altered States -- Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Michael Minkler, Willie D. Burton
Coal Miner's Daughter -- Richard Portman, Roger Heman, Jim Alexander
* The Empire Strikes Back -- Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Peter Sutton
Fame -- Michael J. Kohut, Aaron Rochin, Jay M. Harding, Chris Newman
Raging Bull -- Donald O. Mitchell, Bill Nicholson, David J. Kimball, Les Lazarowitz

WRITING (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium)
Breaker Morant -- Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens, Bruce Beresford
Coal Miner's Daughter -- Tom Rickman
The Elephant Man -- Christopher DeVore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch
* Ordinary People -- Alvin Sargent
The Stunt Man -- Screenplay by Lawrence B. Marcus; Adaptation by Richard Rush

WRITING (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Brubaker -- Screenplay by W. D. Richter; Story by W. D. Richter, Arthur Ross
Fame -- Christopher Gore
* Melvin and Howard -- Bo Goldman
Mon Oncle D'Amerique -- Jean Gruault
Private Benjamin -- Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller

* The Empire Strikes Back -- Brian Johnson, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Bruce Nicholson

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

* To LINWOOD G. DUNN, CECIL D. LOVE and ACME TOOL AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY for the concept, engineering and development of the Acme-Dunn Optical Printer for motion picture special effects. [Laboratory]

SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)
* To JEAN-MARIE LAVALOU, ALAIN MASSERON and DAVID SAMUELSON of Samuelson Alga Cinema S.A. and Samuelson Film Service, Limited, for the engineering and development of the Louma Camera Crane and remote control system for motion picture production. [Camera Cranes]
* To EDWARD B. KRAUSE of Filmline Corporation for the engineering and manufacture of the micro-demand drive for continuous motion picture film processors. [Laboratory]
* To ROSS TAYLOR for the concept and development of a system of air guns for propelling objects used in special effects motion picture production. [Stage Operations]
* To DR. BERNHARD KÜHL and DR. WERNER BLOCK of OSRAM GmbH, for the progressive engineering and manufacture of the OSRAM HMI light source for motion picture color photography. [Lighting]
* To DAVID A. GRAFTON for the optical design and engineering of a telecentric anamorphic lens for motion picture optical effects printers. [Lenses and Filters]

SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Technical Achievement Award)
* To CARTER EQUIPMENT COMPANY for the development of a continuous contact, total immersion, additive color motion picture printer. [Laboratory]
* To HOLLYWOOD FILM COMPANY for the development of a continuous contact, total immersion, additive color motion picture printer. [Laboratory]
* To ANDRÉ DEBRIE S.A. for the development of a continuous contact, total immersion, additive color motion picture printer. [Laboratory]
* To CHARLES VAUGHN and EUGENE NOTTINGHAM of Cinetron Computer Systems, Incorporated, for the development of a versatile general purpose computer system for animation and optical effects motion picture photography. [Systems]
* To JOHN W. LANG, WALTER HRASTNIK and CHARLES J. WATSON of Bell and Howell Company for the development and manufacture of a modular continuous contact motion picture film printer. [Laboratory]
* To WORTH BAIRD of LaVezzi Machine Works, Incorporated, for the advanced design and manufacture of a film sprocket for motion picture projectors. [Projection]
* To PETER A. REGLA and DAN SLATER of Elicon for the development of a follow-focus system for motion picture optical effects printers and animation stands. [Photography]

* To 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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