52nd Academy Awards

The 52nd Academy Awards were presented April 14, 1980 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 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.

The 1979 Academy Award Winners

Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Actor: Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Actress: Sally Field (Norma Rae)
Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas (Being There)
Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Director: Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Adapted Screenplay: Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Original Screenplay: Steve Tesich (Breaking Away)
Song: "It Goes Like It Goes" (Norma Rae)
Score: A Little Romance (Original) / All That Jazz (Adaptation)
Cinematography: Apocalypse Now
Costume Design: All That Jazz
Art / Set Decoration: All That Jazz
Film Editing: All That Jazz
Foreign Language Film: The Tin Drum (Federal Republic of Germany)
Sound: Apocalypse Now
Visual Effects: Alien
Short Films: Every Child (Animated) / Board and Care (Live Action)
Documentaries: Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (Short) / Best Boy (Feature)