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Academy Awards for 1979

By Patrick Mondout

The 52nd Annual Academy Awards were hosted by Johnny Carson on April 14, 1980 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles) and broadcast live on ABC. Kramer vs. Kramer was the big winner with five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, and Screenplay.

Note: All nominees are listed and Oscar winner! denotes the Oscar winner.
 
BEST PICTURE
  All That Jazz, Robert Alan Aurthur, producer
  Apocalypse Now, Francis Coppola, producer; Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson and Tom Sternberg, co-producers
  Breaking Away, Peter Yates, producer
Oscar winner! Kramer vs. Kramer, Stanley R. Jaffe, producer
  Norma Rae, Tamara Asseyev and Alex Rose, producers
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Roy Scheider, All That Jazz
Al Pacino, ...And Justice for All
  Peter Sellers, Being There
Jack Lemmon, The China Syndrome
Oscar winner! Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
  Marsha Mason, Chapter Two
  Jane Fonda, The China Syndrome
Oscar winner! Sally Field, Norma Rae
  Bette Midler, The Rose
  Jill Clayburgh, Starting Over
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now
Oscar winner! Melvyn Douglas, Being There
  Mickey Rooney, The Black Stallion
  Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Frederic Forrest, The Rose
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Barbara Barrie, Breaking Away
  Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan
  Jane Alexander, Kramer vs. Kramer
Oscar winner! Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Candice Bergen, Starting Over
 
BEST DIRECTOR
  Bob Fosse, All That Jazz
  Francis Coppola, Apocalypse Now
  Peter Yates, Breaking Away
  Edouard Molinaro, La Cage aux Folles
Oscar winner! Robert Benton, Kramer vs. Kramer
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY FACTUALLY BASED OR NEW MATERIAL)
  Robert Alan Aurthur and Bob Fosse, All That Jazz
  Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson, ...And Justice for All
Oscar winner! Steve Tesich, Breaking Away
  Mike Gray, T.S. Cook and James Bridges, The China Syndrome
  Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, Manhattan
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM)
  Allan Burns, A Little Romance
  John Milius and Francis Coppola, Apocalypse Now
  Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon and Jean Poiret, La Cage Aux Folles
Oscar winner! Robert Benton, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr., Norma Rae
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  Giuseppe Rotunno, All That Jazz
Oscar winner! Vittorio Storaro, Apocalypse Now
  Frank Phillips, The Black Hole
  Nestor Almendros, Kramer vs. Kramer
  William A. Fraker, 1941
 
BEST FILM EDITING
Oscar winner! Alan Heim, All That Jazz
  Richard Marks, Walter Murch, Gerald B. Greenberg and Lisa Fruchtman, Apocalypse Now
  Robert Dalva, The Black Stallion
  Jerry Greenberg, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Robert L. Wolfe and C. Timothy O'Meara, The Rose
 
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DIRECTION
  Michael Seymour, Les Dilley and Roger Christian, art direction; lan Whittaker, set decoration, Alien
Oscar winner! Philip Rosenberg and Tony Walton, art direction; Edward Stewart and Gary Brink, set decoration, All That Jazz
  Dean Tavoularis and Angelo Graham, art direction; George R. Nelson, set decoration, Apocalypse Now
  George Jenkins, art direction; Arthur Jeph Parker, set decoration, The China Syndrome
  Harold Michelson, Joe Jennings, Leon Harris and John Vallone, art direction; Linda DeScenna, set decoration, Star Trek - The Motion Picture
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
  Shirley Russell, Agatha
Oscar winner! Albert Wolsky, All That Jazz
  Piero Tosi and Ambra Danon, La Cage aux Folles
  William Ware Theiss, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
  Judy Moorcroft, The Europeans
 
BEST SOUND
Oscar winner! Walter Murch, Mark Berger, Richard Beggs and Nat Boxer, Apocalypse Now
  Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Michael Minkler and Al Overton, The Electric Horseman
  William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin, Michael J. Kohut and Jack Solomon, Meteor
  Robert Knudson, Robert J. Glass, Don MacDougall and Gene S. Cantamessa, 1941
  Theodore Soderberg, Douglas Williams, Paul Wells and Jim Webb, The Rose
 
BEST SOUND (SONG ORIGINAL TO THE PICTURE)
  “Through the Eyes of Love,” Ice Castles, Marvin Hamlisch, music; Carole Bayer Sager, lyrics
  “The Rainbow Connection,” The Muppet Movie, Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, music and lyrics
Oscar winner! “It Goes Like It Goes,” Norma Rae, music by David Shire; lyrics by Norman Gimbel
  “I'll Never Say `Goodbye',” The Promise, David Shire, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
  “It's Easy to Say,” 10, Henry Mancini, music; Robert Wells, lyrics
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Oscar winner! Georges Delerue, A Little Romance
  Lalo Schifrin, The Amityville Horror
  Dave Grusin, The Champ
  Jerry Goldsmith, Star Trek - The Motion Picture
  Henry Mancini, 10
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG SCORE OR ADAPTATION SCORE)
Oscar winner! Ralph Burns, All That Jazz
  Patrick Williams, Breaking Away
  Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, song; Paul Williams, adaptation, The Muppet Movie
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (ANIMATED)
  Dream Doll (Bob Godfrey Films/Zagreb Films/Halas and Batchelor; FilmWright)
Oscar winner! Every Child (Derek Lamb, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
  It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House (Paul Fierlinger, producer; AR&T Productions for Learning Corporation of America)
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION)
Oscar winner! Board and Care (Sarah Pillsbury and Ron Ellis, producers; Ron Ellis Films)
  Bravery in the Field (Roman Kroitor and Stefan Wodoslawsky, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  Oh Brother, My Brother (Carol Lowell and Ross Lowell, producers; Pyramid Films, Inc.)
  The Solar Film (Saul Bass and Michael Britton, producers; Wildwood Enterprises Inc.)
  Solly's Diner (Harry Mathias, Jay Zukerman and Larry Hankin, producers; Mathias/Zukerman/Hankin Productions)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECTS)
  Dae (Risto Teofilovski, producer; Vardar Film/Skopje)
  Koryo Celadon (Donald A. Connolly and James R. Messenger, producers; Charlie/Papa Productions, Inc.)
  Nails (Phillip Borsos, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
Oscar winner! Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (Saul J. Turell, producer; Janus Films, Inc.)
  Remember Me (Dick Young, producer; Dick Young Productions, Ltd.)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURES)
Oscar winner! Best Boy (Ira Wohl, producer; Only Child Motion Pictures, Inc.)
  Generation on the Wind (David A. Vassar, producer; More Than One Medium)
  Going the Distance (Paul Cowan and Jacques Bobet, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  The Killing Ground (Steve Singer and Tom Priestley, producers; ABC News Closeup Unit)
  The War at Home (Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown, producers; Catalyst Films/Madison Film Production Co.)
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  A Simple Story, France
  The Maids of Wilko, Poland
  Mama Turns a Hundred, Spain
Oscar winner! The Tin Drum, Federal Republic of Germany (West)
  To Forget Venice, Italy
 
VISUAL EFFECTS
Oscar winner! H.R. Giger, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder and Denys Ayling, Alien
  Peter Ellenshaw, Art Cruickshank, Eustace Lycett, Danny Lee, Harrison Ellenshaw and Joe Hale, The Black Hole
  Derek Meddings, Paul Wilson and John Evans, Moonraker
  William A. Fraker, A. D. Flowers and Gregory Jein, 1941
  Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Richard Yuricich, Robert Swarthe, Dave Stewart and Grant McCune, Star Trek - The Motion Picture

Other Awards

A Special Achievement Award for Sound Editing was handed out to Alan Splet for his work on The Black Stallion. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award was won by Ray Stark while Robert Benjamin won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Honorary Awards were bestowed to Hal Elias "for his dedication and distinguished service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences", to Alec Guinness "for advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances", and to John O. Aalberg, Charles G. Clarke and John G. Frayne "in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

Scientific Awards

Iwan Serrurier (Editorial and Preproduction)
Mark Serrurier (Editorial and Preproduction)
Mini-Micro Systems, Incorporated (Sound)
Neiman-Tillar Associates (Sound)
Michael V. Chewey (Laboratory)
Courier Films, Limited (Special Photographic)
Du Art Film Laboratories, Incorporated (Laboratory)
Walter G. Eggers (Laboratory)
A. D. Flowers (Stage Operations)
Logan R. Frazee (Stage Operations)
Allen Hecht (Laboratory)
Paul Kaufman (Laboratory)
Kollmorgen Corporation Photo Research Division (Photography)
John Lamb (Cartoon Process)
Ross Lowell (Lighting)
Lowel-Light Manufacturing, Incorporated (Lighting)
Bruce Lyon (Cartoon Process)
M-G-M Laboratories (Laboratory)
Zoran Perisic (Special Photographic)
Fredrik Schlyter (Laboratory)
James S. Stanfield (Projection)
Paul W. Trester (Projection)
Irwin Young (Laboratory)

 

FILM FACTS

Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer

What: 52nd Annual Academy Awards

Date: April 14, 1980

Host: Johnny Carson

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles)

Network: ABC


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