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54th Academy Awards

54th Academy Awards
Date Monday, March 29, 1982
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Host Johnny Carson
Producer Howard W. Koch, Melvin Frank
Director 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
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The 54th Academy Awards were presented March 29, 1982 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 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. 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 "Top 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 2013 Oscars.

Chariots of Fire became the last film to win Best Picture and not win for directing or acting until Crash in 2005.

As of 2014, this is the most recent Oscars where all four acting winners have died.


  • Awards 1
    • Honorary Academy Award 1.1
    • Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award 1.2
    • Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award 1.3
    • Gordon E. Sawyer Award 1.4
    • Special Achievement Academy Award 1.5
    • Presenters 1.6
    • Performers 1.7
    • Multiple nominations and awards 1.8
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film Best Sound
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
  • Violet – Paul Kemp and Shelley Levinson
    • Couples and Robbers – Christine Oestreicher
    • First WinterJohn N. Smith
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
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


Name Role
Hutton, TimothyTimothy Hutton Presenter: Best Supporting Actress
Allen, KarenKaren Allen Presenters: Best Art Direction
Rollins, HowardHoward Rollins
Hunter, KimKim Hunter Presenters: Best Makeup
Price, VincentVincent Price
Moore, RogerRoger Moore Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Hurt, WilliamWilliam Hurt Presenters: Best Original Score
Turner, KathleenKathleen Turner
Fairchild, MorganMorgan Fairchild Presenters: Best Costume Design
Hays, RobertRobert Hays
Aykroyd, DanDan Aykroyd Presenter: Best Visual Effects
Benjamin, RichardRichard Benjamin Presenters: Documentary Awards
Prentiss, PaulaPaula Prentiss
Williams, PaulPaul Williams Presenters: Shorts Subject Awards
Winger, DebraDebra Winger
Chase, ChevyChevy Chase Presenters: Best Cinematography
Ward, RachelRachel Ward
Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta Presenter: Honorary Award to Barbara Stanwyck
Atkins, ChristopherChristopher Atkins Presenters: Best Sound
McNichol, KristyKristy McNichol
Muti, OrnellaOrnella Muti Presenters: Best Foreign Language Film
Valenti, JackJack Valenti
Andress, UrsulaUrsula Andress Presenters: Best Film Editing
Hamlin, HarryHarry Hamlin
Midler, BetteBette Midler Presenter: Best Original Song
Peck, GregoryGregory Peck Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Burnett, CarolCarol Burnett Presenters: Best Supporting Actor
Grey, JoelJoel Grey
Lemmon, JackJack Lemmon Presenters: Best Director
Matthau, WalterWalter Matthau
Kosinski, JerzyJerzy Kosinski Presenter: Writing Awards
Spacek, SissySissy Spacek Presenter: Best Actor
Voight, JonJon Voight Presenter: Best Actress
Young, LorettaLoretta Young Presenter: Best Picture


Name Performed
Kermit the Frog “The First Time It Happens” from The Great Muppet Caper
Miss Piggy
Easton, SheenaSheena Easton "For Your Eyes Only" from For Your Eyes Only
Liberace Medley of the nominated songs
Richie, LionelLionel Richie "Endless Love" from Endless Love
Ross, DianaDiana Ross
Schneider, JohnJohn Schneider "One More Hour" from Ragtime
Allen, DebbieDebbie Allen Medley:
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
Forty-Second Street
Hines, GregoryGregory Hines
Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur

Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ "The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 


  • "The Official Academy Awards Database".  

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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