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The 54th Academy Awards were presented March 29, 1982 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilionmarker, Los Angelesmarker. The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson.

Chariots of Fire was the surprise winner (Reds was the favored nominee) of the Best Picture Oscar this year. It was the first time in 13 years that a British film won the Academy's top honor. 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 ago - a record gap between acting nominations.

His co-star, Katharine Hepburn, won her fourth Best Actress award this year. She is the only actress to accomplish this.


Award Winner Nominee(s)
Best Actor in a Leading Role Henry FondaOn Golden Pond
Best Actor in a Supporting Role John GielgudArthur
Best Actress in a Leading Role Katharine HepburnOn Golden Pond
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Maureen StapletonReds
Best Art Direction Raiders of the Lost Ark – Art Direction: Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley; Set Decoration: Michael Ford
Best Cinematography RedsVittorio Storaro
Best Costume Design Chariots of FireMilena Canonero
Best Director Warren BeattyReds
Best Documentary GenocideArnold Schwartzman and Rabbi Marvin Hier, Producers
Best Documentary "Close Harmony" – Nigel Noble, Producer
Best Film Editing Raiders of the Lost ArkMichael Kahn
Best Foreign Language Film Mephisto – Hungary
Best Makeup Rick BakerAn American Werewolf in London
Best Music Chariots of FireVangelis
Best Music "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur – Music and Lyric by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen
Best Picture Chariots of FireDavid Puttnam, Producer
Best Short Film "Crac" – Frédéric Back, Producer
Best Short Film "Violet" – Paul Kemp and Shelley Levinson, Producers
Best Sound Raiders of the Lost ArkBill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Roy Charman
Best Visual Effects Raiders of the Lost ArkRichard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson, Joe Johnston
Best Writing On Golden PondErnest Thompson
Best Writing Chariots of FireColin Welland

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