The Academy Awards

The 53rd Annual Academy Awards

Season 53, Ep 1, Aired 3/31/81
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  • Episode Description
  • The 53rd Annual Academy Awards were postponed from March 30th and held on March 31, 1981 from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Music Center. This year's show was hosted by Johnny Carson. Performers included Lucie Arnaz, Irene Cara, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton. Among the presenters were Brooke Shields, Peter Ustinov, Blythe Danner, and Dustin Hoffman. (Click here to see List of Nominees and Winners.)

  • Cast & Crew
  • The Nicholas Brothers

    Himself - Presenter

  • Alan Arkin

    Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film

  • Lucie Arnaz

    Herself - Performer

  • Ellen Burstyn

    Herself

  • Irene Cara

    Herself - Performer

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  • Notes (5)

    • The special won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or a Music Program. 

    • Robert Redford (Ordinary People) won Best Director for his directorial debut.

    • Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People) won Best Supporting Actor for his film debut.

    • This year's ceremony was postponed due to the assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan.

    • Robert DeNiro and Sissy Spacek won Oscars for playing real life people. Deniro won Best Actor for playing boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and Spacek won Best Actress for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter. When they won, both Jake LaMotta and Loretta Lynn were there in person.

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