54th Academy Awards
|54th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 29, 1982|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Hosted by||Johnny Carson|
|Produced by||Howard W. Koch|
|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|
|Duration||3 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.
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.
Honorary Academy Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Gordon E. Sawyer Award
Presenters and performers
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- "The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
- "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".