Oscar statuette ©AMPAS

1981 (54th Annual Awards)
Academy Award Overview

Shown below is an overview of the 1981 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 1981 Preliminaries

1981 (54th) Reminder List of Eligible Releases

1981 (54th) Voting Rules
Eligibility Period:
January 1, 1981 to December 31, 1981

Reminder List of Eligible Releases

Text of Voting Rules

The 1981 Ceremony

1981 (54th) Academy Award Ceremony Poster

1981 (54th) Academy Award Ceremony Program
Monday, March 29, 1982
6:00 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 1981 Winners

1981 (54th) Best Picture Poster: “Chariots of Fire”

1981 (54th) Best Picture Home Page Background: “Chariots of Fire”

Best Picture:
Chariots of Fire
Enigma Productions Limited;
The Ladd Company/Warner Bros. (United Kingdom)

David Puttnam, Producer

Best Picture Poster

Best Picture Home Page Background

1981 (54th) Best Actor: Henry Fonda Best Actor:
Henry Fonda
as Norman Thayer, Jr.
in the film
On Golden Pond

1981 (54th) Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn Best Actress:
Katharine Hepburn
as Ethel Thayer
in the film
On Golden Pond

1981 (46th) Best Supporting Actor: John Gieldgud Best Supporting Actor:
John Gieldgud
as Hobson
in the film

1981 (46th) Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton Best Supporting Actress:
Maureen Stapleton
as Emma Goldman
in the film

1981 (48th) Best Song: “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” Best Song:
Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)
from the film

Music and lyric by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen

Best Song Lyrics

Other 1981 Nominees

1981 (54th) Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture Nominees
1981 (54th) Best Actor Nominees

Best Actor Nominees
1981 (54th) Best Actress Nominees

Best Actress Nominees
1981 (54th) Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Best Supporting Actor Nominees
1981 (54th) Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Best Supporting Actress Nominees

The 1981 Academy Board of Governors Ball

1981 (25th) Governors Ball Program/Menu The Beverly Hilton,
Beverly Hills

Governors Ball Program/Menu
Dinner Menu