53rd Annual Academy Awards Coverage (1981)
- Date of Ceremony: Tuesday, March 31, 1981
- For films released in: 1980
- Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
- Host(s): Johnny Carson (video)
A farm girl, a boxer, an elephant man, some ordinary people and a coal miner’s daughter may sound like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the subject matter of the Best Picture nominees for the the 53rd Academy Awards.
In a year where one legendary actor, Peter O’Toole, was nominated for playing a director, another actor, Robert Redford was nominated for being one as he picked up a nomination for his directorial debut Ordinary People.
- Raging Bull: 8
- The Elephant Man: 8
- Coal Miner's Daughter: 7
- Fame: 6
- Tess: 6
- Ordinary People: 6