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Oscars 1981: Winners and Nominees of the 53rd Academy Awards

Public list by WPS with 48 movies or TV shows/series

These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1981 on 03/31/1981.

The 53rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1980, were presented March 31, 1981, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies, which were presided over by Johnny Carson, were originally scheduled for March 30 but were postponed due to the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. David Lynch's The Elephant Man and Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, with eight nominations each, had the most nominations of this year's films. Their nominations included Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Michael Apted's Coal Miner's Daughter received seven nominations while Ordinary People and Tess received six. The year's winner of acting categories also marked as the closest span ever between the four winners, all of whom were under 40 when they won the award. Robert De Niro was 37 when awarded Best Actor, Sissy Spacek was 31 when awarded Best Actress, Timothy Hutton was 20 when awarded Best Supporting Actor, and Mary Steenburgen was 28 when awarded Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Hutton was the youngest ever Best Supporting Actor winner. His award was one of four that Ordinary People won, more than any other movie; the movie also won Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Redford and Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for Alvin... ()

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The Empire Strikes Back(1980)

4.2/5 (with 6,128 votes)

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

The Blue Lagoon(1980)

R
| 1h 44min | Romance / Love, Adventure, Drama
3.1/5 (with 610 votes)

Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline and Richard make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. But will they ever see civilization again?

The Elephant Man(1980)

PG
| 2h 4min | Drama, History
4.1/5 (with 1,039 votes)

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

Raging Bull(1980)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama, Action
4.0/5 (with 1,337 votes)

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Altered States(1980)

3.4/5 (with 190 votes)

A research scientist explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.

Kagemusha(1980)

PG
| 3h | Action, Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 183 votes)

Akira Kurosawa's lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief who is recruited to impersonate Shingen, an aging warlord, in order to avoid attacks by competing clans. When Shingen dies, his generals reluctantly agree to have the impostor take over as the powerful ruler. He soon begins to appreciate life as Shingen, but his commitment to the role is tested when he must lead his troops into battle against the forces of a rival warlord.

The Last Metro(1980)

PG
| 2h 11min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.7/5 (with 124 votes)

In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.

Somewhere in Time(1980)

PG
| 1h 43min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 155 votes)

Young writer Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to "Come back to me". Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s. Becoming more and more obsessed with her, by self-hypnosis he manages to travel back in time—where he meets her.

Private Benjamin(1980)

R
| 1h 49min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 114 votes)

A sheltered young high society woman joins the army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Coal Miner's Daughter(1980)

PG
| 2h 5min | Drama, Music
3.6/5 (with 78 votes)

Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.

Nine to Five(1980)

PG
| 1h 50min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 137 votes)

Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up?

Fame(1980)

R
| 2h 14min | Drama, Music
3.3/5 (with 139 votes)

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

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Ordinary People(1980)

R
| 2h 4min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 172 votes)

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.

Tess(1979)

PG
| 2h 51min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 89 votes)

A strong-willed peasant girl is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge.

Brubaker(1980)

R
| 2h 5min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 136 votes)

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Breaker Morant(1980)

PG
| 1h 47min | Drama, History, War
3.7/5 (with 35 votes)

During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.

Gloria(1980)

PG
| 2h 3min | Drama, Thriller, Crime
3.4/5 (with 51 votes)

When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.

When Time Ran Out...(1980)

PG
| 2h 1min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 18 votes)

An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

The Stunt Man(1980)

R
| 2h 11min | Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 38 votes)

While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the movie is an interesting twist for the viewer as the two blend in individual scenes.

My American Uncle(1980)

3.5/5 (with 32 votes)

Prof. Henri Laborit uses the stories of the lives of three people to discuss behaviorist theories of survival, combat, rewards and punishment, and anxiety. René is a technical manager at a textile factory and must face the anxiety caused by corporate downsizing. Janine is a self-educated actress/stylist who learns that the wife of her lover is dying and must decide to let them reunite. Jean is a controversial career-climbing writer/politician at a crossroads in life.

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears(1980)

PG
| 2h 22min | Drama, Comedy, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 60 votes)

This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions...

Honeysuckle Rose(1980)

PG
| 1h 59min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Buck Bonham is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.

The Competition(1980)

3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her teacher, Greta, or will she condemn Paul to obscurity?

Melvin and Howard(1980)

1h 35min | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

The Great Santini(1979)

PG
| 1h 55min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 18 votes)

As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.

The Formula(1980)

1h 57min | Thriller
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

A detective uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in WW II to make gasoline from synthetic products, thereby eliminating the necessity for oil--and oil companies. A major oil company finds out about it and tries to destroy the formula and anyone who knows about it.

Inside Moves(1980)

PG
| 1h 53min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 5 votes)

After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors, Rory and the rest of the bar regulars hope his success will provide a lift to their sagging spirits. Will Jerry forget his friends? What about his junkie hooker girlfriend and her pimp?

Directed by Richard Donner - With John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright, Tony Burton, Clifford Ray, ...

Resurrection(1980)

PG
| 1h 43min | Drama, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 11 votes)

The story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. She becomes an unwitting celebrity, the hope of those in desperate need of healing, and a lightning rod for religious beliefs and skeptics.

Tribute(1980)

2h 1min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A shallow Broadway press agent learns he is dying just as his son by his ex-wife arrives for a visit.

My Brilliant Career(1979)

G
| 1h 40min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

A young woman who is determined to maintain her independence finds herself at odds with her family who wants her to tame her wild side and get married.

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