54th Academy Awards

The 54th Academy Awards were presented March 29, 1982 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson.

Chariots of Fire was the surprise winner (Reds was the favored nominee) of the Best Picture Oscar this year. It was the first time in 13 years that a British film won the Academy's top honor. Next year's winner, Gandhi, was also a British production.

Henry Fonda won his only competitive Oscar this year, as Best Actor for On Golden Pond. At 76 years of age, Fonda became the oldest winner in the Best Actor category in Academy history. The only other nomination he received in his career was Best Actor for his performance in The Grapes of Wrath 41 years ago - a record gap between acting nominations.

His co-star, Katharine Hepburn, won her fourth Best Actress award this year. She is the only actress to accomplish this.

The 1981 Academy Award Winners

Picture: Chariots of Fire
Actor: Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)
Actress: Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond)
Supporting Actor: John Gielgud (Arthur)
Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton (Reds)
Director: Warren Beatty (Reds)
Adapted Screenplay: Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond)
Original Screenplay: Colin Welland (Chariots of Fire)
Song: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (Arthur)
Original Score: Chariots of Fire
Cinematography: Reds
Costume Design: Chariots of Fire
Art / Set Decoration: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Film Editing: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Foreign Language Film: Mephisto (Hungary)
Sound: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Makeup: An American Werewolf in London
Visual Effects: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Short Films: Crac (Animated) / Violet (Live Action)
Documentaries: Genocide (Short) / Close Harmony (Feature)