54th Academy Awards

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54th Academy Awards
54th Academy Awards.jpg
Date March 29, 1982
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted by Johnny Carson
Produced by Howard W. Koch
Melvin Frank
Directed by Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Chariots of Fire
Most awards Chariots of Fire and Raiders of the Lost Ark (4)
Most nominations Reds (12)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 44 minutes

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

Chariots of Fire was the surprise winner (with a leading 12 nominations, Reds had been expected to win) of the Best Picture Oscar. It was the first time in 13 years that a British film won the Academy's top honor. The 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 earlier – a record gap between acting nominations. His co-star, Katharine Hepburn, won her fourth Best Actress award, extending her own record for the most Best Actress wins by any actress.

This year's nominations also marked the second time (after 1967) that three different films were nominated for the "Big Five" Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay. The three films were On Golden Pond, Atlantic City and Reds. However, none of them won the Best Picture prize, losing to Chariots of Fire. This also marked the first year that the award for Best Makeup was presented; the winner was Rick Baker for his work on An American Werewolf in London.

This was the last year until the 2005 Oscars where all five Best Picture nominations were also nominated for Best Director. Reds was the last film to gain nominations in all four acting categories until Silver Linings Playbook matched that feat at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony in 2013. Facilitated in part by their advanced ages at the time (77, 76, 74 and a "young" 56), this is also the most recent ceremony (as of the 2017 presentation of the 89th Academy Awards) for which the four acting award winners are all now deceased – though two of the four did live into their late 90s.

Chariots of Fire became the last film to win Best Picture and not win for directing until Driving Miss Daisy in 1990.


Publicity photo of Warren Beatty for film Shampoo.
Warren Beatty, Best Director winner
Cropped screenshot of Henry Fonda from the film Slim
Henry Fonda, Best Actor winner
Portrait of Katharine Hepburn, circa 1941
Katharine Hepburn, Best Actress winner
John Gielgud in 1973
John Gielgud, Best Supporting Actor winner
Maureen Stapleton and Charles Durning from the 1975 made-for-television film Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.
Maureen Stapleton (left), Best Supporting Actress winner
Ernest Thompson in 2015.
Ernest Thompson, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Photo of Burt Bacharach from a television special "Burt Bacharach Special".
Burt Bacharach, Best Original Song co-winner
Vittorio Storaro at Cannes in 2001
Vittorio Storaro, Best Cinematography winner
Rick Baker at the 2011 Saturn Awards
Rick Baker, Best Makeup winner

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

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
  • Violet – Paul Kemp and Shelley Levinsondouble-dagger
    • Couples and Robbers – Christine Oestreicher
    • First WinterJohn N. Smith
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Makeup
Best Cinematography Best Film Editing
Best Visual Effects

Honorary Academy Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

Special Achievement Academy Award

Presenters and performers

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


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer for the 54th Academy Awards
Kanin, FayFay Kanin (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Hutton, TimothyTimothy Hutton Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Allen, KarenKaren Allen
Howard Rollins
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Hunter, KimKim Hunter
Vincent Price
Presenters of the award for Best Makeup
Moore, RogerRoger Moore Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Albert R. Broccoli
Hurt, WilliamWilliam Hurt
Kathleen Turner
Presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Fairchild, MorganMorgan Fairchild
Robert Hays
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Aykroyd, DanDan Aykroyd Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Benjamin, RichardRichard Benjamin
Paula Prentiss
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Williams, PaulPaul Williams
Debra Winger
Presenters of the Shorts Film Awards
Chase, ChevyChevy Chase
Rachel Ward
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta Presenter of the Honorary Award to Barbara Stanwyck
Atkins, ChristopherChristopher Atkins
Kristy McNichol
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Muti, OrnellaOrnella Muti
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Andress, UrsulaUrsula Andress
Harry Hamlin
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Midler, BetteBette Midler Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Peck, GregoryGregory Peck Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Danny Kaye
Burnett, CarolCarol Burnett
Joel Grey
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Lemmon, JackJack Lemmon
Walter Matthau
Presenters of the award for Best Director
Kosinski, JerzyJerzy Kosinski Presenter of the Writing Awards
Voight, JonJon Voight Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Spacek, SissySissy Spacek Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Young, LorettaLoretta Young Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Conti, BillBill Conti Musical arranger and conductor Orchestral
Kermit the Frog
Miss Piggy
Performers "The First Time It Happens" from The Great Muppet Caper
Easton, SheenaSheena Easton
Richard Kiel
Harold Sakata
Performers "For Your Eyes Only" from For Your Eyes Only
Liberace Performer Medley of the nominated scores
Richie, LionelLionel Richie
Diana Ross
Performers "Endless Love" from Endless Love
Schneider, JohnJohn Schneider Performer "One More Hour" from Ragtime
Allen, DebbieDebbie Allen
Gregory Hines
Academy Awards Chorus
Performers "Lullaby of Broadway",
"The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)",
"You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me",
"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby",
"I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)",
"She's a Latin from Manhattan",
"I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)",
"Chattanooga Choo Choo",
"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe",
"You'll Never Know",
"I'll String Along with You",
"Shuffle Off to Buffalo"
"Lulu's Back in Town",
"Jeepers Creepers",
"There Will Never Be Another You" and
"Forty-Second Street"
Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross Performer "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur
Academy Awards Chorus Performers "That’s Entertainment!"

Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ "The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 


External links

  • Blast from the Past: The Oscars of 1982, a January 2007 Entertainment Weekly article looking back at the 54th Academy Awards ceremony.
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