54th Academy Awards

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.

54th Academy Awards
DateMarch 29, 1982
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byJohnny Carson
Produced byHoward W. Koch
Melvin Frank
Directed byMarty Pasetta
Best PictureChariots of Fire
Most awardsChariots of Fire and Raiders of the Lost Ark (4)
Most nominationsReds (12)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 44 minutes

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.

Similar to 1976 and 1977, these Oscars were scheduled directly opposite the NCAA basketball championship game, which this year was broadcast on CBS. Beginning in 1983, NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Game would take place on the Monday following the Academy Awards.


Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ().[1][2]

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
  • Violet – Paul Kemp and Shelley Levinson
    • Couples and Robbers – Christine Oestreicher
    • First WinterJohn N. Smith
Best Animated Short Film Best Original Score
Best Original Song Best Sound
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction 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.


Hank SimmsAnnouncer for the 54th Academy Awards
Fay Kanin (AMPAS President)Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Timothy HuttonPresenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Karen Allen
Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Kim Hunter
Vincent Price
Presenters of the award for Best Makeup
Roger MoorePresenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Albert R. Broccoli
William Hurt
Kathleen Turner
Presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Morgan Fairchild
Robert Hays
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Dan AykroydPresenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Richard Benjamin
Paula Prentiss
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Paul Williams
Debra Winger
Presenters of the Shorts Film Awards
Chevy Chase
Rachel Ward
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
John TravoltaPresenter of the Honorary Award to Barbara Stanwyck
Christopher Atkins
Kristy McNichol
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Ornella Muti
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Ursula Andress
Harry Potter
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Bette MidlerPresenter of the award for Best Original Song
Gregory PeckPresenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Danny Kaye
Carol Burnett
Joel Grey
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Jack Lemmon
Walter Matthau
Presenters of the award for Best Director
Jerzy KosińskiPresenter of the Writing Awards
Jon VoightPresenter of the award for Best Actress
Sissy SpacekPresenter of the award for Best Actor
Loretta YoungPresenter of the award for Best Picture


Bill ContiMusical arranger and conductorOrchestral
Kermit the Frog
Miss Piggy
Performers"The First Time It Happens" from The Great Muppet Caper
Sheena Easton
Richard Kiel
Harold Sakata
Performers"For Your Eyes Only" from For Your Eyes Only
LiberacePerformerMedley of the nominated scores
Lionel Richie
Diana Ross
Performers"Endless Love" from Endless Love
John SchneiderPerformer"One More Hour" from Ragtime
Debbie 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
"42nd Street"
Christopher CrossPerformer"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur
Academy Awards ChorusPerformers"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.
  2. "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1981" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".
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