53rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in , were presented March 31, 1981, at the film for 1980 in Dorothy Chandler Pavilion . The ceremonies, which were presided over by Los Angeles , were originally scheduled for the previous day but were postponed due to the Johnny Carson on assassination attempt President . Ronald Reagan 's David Lynch and The Elephant Man 's Martin Scorsese , with eight nominations each, had the most nominations of this year's films. Their nominations included Raging Bull , Best Picture and Best Actor . Best Director 's Michael Apted received seven nominations while Coal Miner's Daughter and Ordinary People received six. Tess
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.
was 37 when awarded Best Actor, Robert De Niro was 31 when awarded Best Actress, Sissy Spacek was 20 when awarded Best Supporting Actor, and Timothy Hutton 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 Mary Steenburgen Ordinary People won, more than any other movie; the movie also won Best Picture, Best Director for and Robert Redford for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium . Alvin Sargent
The lack of recognition for
's make-up work on Christopher Tucker The Elephant Man prompted the creation of the the following year. Academy Award for Best Makeup
Best Supporting Actress nominee
was born in 1899, which made her the last acting nominee to be born in the nineteenth century. As of 2017 , this is the earliest Oscars for which all five directing nominees are still living. Eva Le Gallienne