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The 53rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1980, were presented March 31, 1981, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilionmarker, Los Angelesmarker. The ceremonies, which were presided over by Johnny Carson, was originally scheduled the previous day but postponed due to the assassination attemptmarker 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.


Award Winner Nominee(s)
Best Actor in a Leading Role Robert De NiroRaging Bull
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Timothy HuttonOrdinary People
Best Actress in a Leading Role Sissy SpacekCoal Miner's Daughter
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Mary SteenburgenMelvin and Howard
Best Art Direction Tess – Art Direction: Pierre Guffroy, Jack Stephens
Best Cinematography TessGeoffrey Unsworth, Ghislain Cloquet
Best Costume Design TessAnthony Powell
Best Director Robert RedfordOrdinary People
Best Documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in ChinaMurray Lerner, Producer
Best Documentary Karl Hess: Toward LibertyRoland Hallé and Peter W. Ladue, Producers
Best Film Editing Raging BullThelma Schoonmaker
Best Foreign Language Film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Best Music FameMichael Gore
Best Music "Fame" from Fame – Music by Michael Gore, Lyric by Dean Pitchford
Best Picture Ordinary PeopleRonald L. Schwary, Producer
Best Short Film "The Fly" – Ferenc Rofusz, Producer
Best Short Film "The Dollar Bottom" – Lloyd Phillips, Producer
Best Sound The Empire Strikes BackBill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Peter Sutton
Best Writing Ordinary PeopleAlvin Sargent
Best Writing Melvin and HowardBo Goldman

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