52nd Academy Awards

52nd Academy Awards
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DateApril 14, 1980 (1980-04-14)
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byJohnny Carson
Produced byHoward W. Koch
Directed byMarty Pasetta
Best PictureKramer vs. Kramer
Most awardsKramer vs. Kramer (5)
Most nominationsAll That Jazz and Kramer vs. Kramer (9)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 12 minutes

The 52nd Academy Awards were presented April 14, 1980, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson who, in noting the long duration of the production, joked that President Jimmy Carter was working hard for their "release" from the ceremonies, a clear reference to the Iranian hostage crisis.

Among the nominees for Best Supporting Actor were 8 year-old Justin Henry—the youngest Best Supporting Actor nominee ever—and 79-year-old Melvyn Douglas. This was the largest age difference between two competing actors in Oscar history until 2013. Their age difference was partially the reason why Douglas did not attend the Oscars that night,[1] despite winning the award. Henry was nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer, which out of its eight other nominations, finished with five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Benton, and Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman.


Dustin Hoffman, Best Actor winner
Sally Field, Best Actress winner
Melvyn Douglas, Best Supporting Actor winner
Meryl Streep, Best Supporting Actress winner
Vittorio Storaro, Best Cinematography winner
H. R. Giger, Best Visual Effects co-winner
Carlo Rambaldi, Best Visual Effects co-winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[2]</ref>[3]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject Best Live Action Short Film
Best Animated Short Film Best Original Score
Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Special Achievement Awards[2]

Academy Honorary Awards[2]

Medal of Commendation[2]

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award[2]

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[2]

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