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The Complete Oscar Quest: 54th Academy Awards (1981)

1981

Best Picture

  • Atlantic City
  • Chariots of Fire
  • On Golden Pond
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Reds

Best Director

  • Warren Beatty, Reds
  • Hugh Hudson, Chariots of Fire
  • Louis Malle, Atlantic City
  • Mark Rydell, On Golden Pond
  • Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Best Actor

  • Warren Beatty, Reds
  • Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond
  • Burt Lancaster, Atlantic City
  • Dudley Moore, Arthur
  • Paul Newman, Absence of Malice

Best Actress

  • Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond
  • Diane Keaton, Reds
  • Marsha Mason, Only When I Laugh
  • Susan Sarandon, Atlantic City
  • Meryl Streep, The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Best Supporting Actor

  • James Coco, Only When I Laugh
  • John Gielgud, Arthur
  • Ian Holm, Chariots of Fire
  • Jack Nicholson, Reds
  • Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Ragtime

Best Supporting Actress

  • Melinda Dillon, Absence of Malice
  • Jane Fonda, On Golden Pond
  • Joan Hackett, Only When I Laugh
  • Elizabeth McGovern, Ragtime
  • Maureen Stapleton, Reds

Best Original Screenplay

  • Absence of Malice
  • Arthur
  • Atlantic City
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Reds

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  • On Golden Pond
  • Pennies from Heaven
  • Prince of the City
  • Ragtime

Best Editing

  • Chariots of Fire
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  • On Golden Pond
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Reds

Best Cinematography

  • Excalibur
  • On Golden Pond
  • Ragtime
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Reds

Best Original Score

  • Chariots of Fire
  • Dragonslayer
  • On Golden Pond
  • Ragtime
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

Best Original Song

  • “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” from Arthur
  • “Endless Love,” from Endless Love
  • “The First Time It Happens,” from The Great Muppet Caper
  • “For Your Eyes Only,” from For Your Eyes Only
  • “One More Hour,” from Ragtime

Best Art Direction

  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  • Heaven’s Gate
  • Ragtime
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Reds

Best Costume Design

  • Chariots of Fire
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  • Pennies from Heaven
  • Ragtime
  • Reds

Best Makeup

  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Heartbeeps

Best Visual Effects

  • Dragonslayer
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

Best Sound Editing

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

Best Sound Mixing

  • On Golden Pond
  • Outland
  • Pennies from Heaven
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Reds

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Boat Is Full
  • Man of Iron
  • Mephisto
  • Muddy River
  • Three Brothers

Best Documentary

  • Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Eight Minutes to Midnight: A Portrait of Dr. Helen Caldicott
  • El Salvador: Another Vietnam
  • Genocide

Best Documentary Short

  • Americas in Transition
  • Close Harmony
  • Journey for Survival
  • See What I Say
  • Urge to Build

Best Live-Action Short

  • Couples and Robbers
  • First Winter
  • Violet

Best Animated Short

  • Crac
  • The Creation
  • The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

Total List of Films Nominated:

  1. Absence of Malice
  2. An American Werewolf in London
  3. Arthur
  4. Atlantic City
  5. Chariots of Fire
  6. Dragonslayer
  7. Endless Love
  8. Excalibur
  9. For Your Eyes Only
  10. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  11. The Great Muppet Caper
  12. Heaven’s Gate
  13. Heartbeeps
  14. On Golden Pond
  15. Only When I Laugh
  16. Outland
  17. Pennies from Heaven
  18. Prince of the City
  19. Ragtime
  20. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  21. Reds

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