Oscar statuette ©AMPAS

1978 (51st Annual Awards)
Academy Award Overview

Shown below is an overview of the 1978 Academy Awards, comprised of selected items from the WebMaster’s collection. (All of the items for a given category—for example, all Reminder Lists—can be found in the “Gallery” section.)

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The 1978 Preliminaries

1978 (51st) Reminder List of Eligible Releases

1978 (51st) Voting Rules
Eligibility Period:
January 1, 1978 to December 31, 1978

Reminder List of Eligible Releases

Text of Voting Rules

The 1978 Ceremony

1978 (51st) Academy Award Ceremony Poster

1978 (51st) Academy Award Ceremony Program
Monday, April 9, 1979
7:00 PM

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,
Los Angeles County Music Center

Ceremony Poster

Ceremony Program

Nominations & Winners
Winners Only
Nominations by Film
Nomination Statistics by Film

See Also:
    Nominations & Winners by Category
    Winners Only by Category

The 1978 Winners

1978 (51st) Best Picture Poster: “The Deer Hunter”

1978 (51st) Best Picture Home Page Background: “The Deer Hunter”

Best Picture:
The Deer Hunter
EMI Films/Michael Cimino Film Production;

Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino and John Peverall, Producers

Best Picture Poster

Best Picture Home Page Background

1978 (51st) Best Actor: Jon Voight Best Actor:
Jon Voight
as Luke Martin
in the film
Coming Home

1978 (51st) Best Actress: Jane Fonda Best Actress:
Jane Fonda
as Sally Hyde
in the film
Coming Home

1978 (43rd) Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Walken Best Supporting Actor:
Christopher Walken
as Nick
in the film
The Deer Hunter

1978 (43rd) Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith Best Supporting Actress:
Maggie Smith
as Diana Barrie
in the film
California Suite

1978 (45th) Best Song: “Last Dance” Best Song:
Last Dance
from the film
Thank God It’s Friday

Music and lyrics by Paul Jabara

Best Song Lyrics

Other 1978 Nominees

1978 (51st) Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture Nominees
1978 (51st) Best Actor Nominees

Best Actor Nominees
1978 (51st) Best Actress Nominees

Best Actress Nominees
1978 (51st) Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Best Supporting Actor Nominees
1978 (51st) Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Best Supporting Actress Nominees

The 1978 Academy Board of Governors Ball

1978 (22nd) Governors Ball Program/Menu The Beverly Hilton,
Beverly Hills

Governors Ball Program/Menu
Dinner Menu