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.