51st Academy Awards

The 51st Academy Awards were presented April 9, 1979 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson.

Notably, the two "front-runners" for Best Picture this year - Coming Home and The Deer Hunter - were anti-war films that reflected the nation's growing resentment over the Vietnam War. A ravaged John Wayne, who would die of stomach cancer two months later, made his final public appearance to present the Oscar to the producers of The Deer Hunter.

This was the first of several consecutive ceremonies presided over by talk show host Carson; introducing him on this broadcast, the announcer identified him as "John Carson".

The 1978 Academy Award Winners

Picture: The Deer Hunter
Actor: Jon Voight (Coming Home)
Actress: Jane Fonda (Coming Home)
Supporting Actor: Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter)
Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith (California Suite)
Director: Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter)
Adapted Screenplay: Oliver Stone (Midnight Express)
Original Screenplay: Nancy Dowd, story; Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones, screenplay (Coming Home)
Song: "Last Dance" (Thank God It's Friday)
Score: Midnight Express (Original) / The Buddy Holly Story (Adaptation)
Cinematography: Days of Heaven
Costume Design: Death on the Nile
Art / Set Decoration: Heaven Can Wait
Film Editing: The Deer Hunter
Foreign Language Film: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (France)
Sound: The Deer Hunter
Short Films: Special Delivery (Animated) / Teenage Father (Live Action)
Documentaries: The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (Short) / Scared Straight! (Feature)