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The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981)

Award of the American academy of cinematographic arts and sciences, from 1940th known as "Oscar", - American film award created in 1929 and traditionally handed to the figures of ... See full summary »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film
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Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography
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Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Director
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Herself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
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Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
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Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
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Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
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Award of the American academy of cinematographic arts and sciences, from 1940th known as "Oscar", - American film award created in 1929 and traditionally handed to the figures of cinematographic art for their contribution to creation of movies.

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31 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Robert De Niro started with the "awards show ribbon" trend by wearing a green ribbon on his lapel during this ceremony. The ribbon was in rememberance of several African-American children who were victims of a serial killer in Atlanta, Georgia in 1980-1981. A fan gave him the ribbon when he arrived; the victims' families had been wearing them for months. See more »

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Johnny Carson - Host: Welcome to Hollywood's version of 'Ordinary People.'
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Features True Grit (1969) See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Special Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Vocal arrangement by Buster Davis
Performed by Lucie Arnaz
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Never felt as long as it was
11 November 2017 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Here we have the The 53rd Annual Academy Awards, an Emmy-winning television event from 1981, so this one had its 35th anniversary last year. Of course Academy Awards means Oscars and during this ceremony Hollywood honored its finest from the previous year. The entire show ran for comfortably over 3 hours, but this includes commercial breaks too, so about as long as the Oscars do today. Host was Johnny Carson and he did a good job overall I would say. He had a good deal of screen time, but never felt as if he was pushing himself upon audiences, so pretty much the opposite of today with the likes of Fallon etc. who don't have too many appearances, but still act the most narcissistic way. Anyway, I cannot comment too much on most of the winners because I have not seen most of their works, but I am happy for De Niro as I like him and for Robert Redford as without Best Picture winner Ordinary People in his body of work, he would be no Oscar winner as of today.

There were really many young winners that year, not just Hutton. Foreign winners focused on China, Hungary and the Soviet Union, which is an interesting set of winners for the Cold War days. Also from a political perspective, the very recent assassination attempt on President Reagon played a big role that night too, especially early on. Another thing I would like to mention is the Best Song category that was really really strong that year. And adding to that the magnificent music tribute just did the rest for making this a truly memorable night in terms of film music. The Oscars today can learn a lot from that. But hey I understand: Repeating the same lame anti Donald Trump jokes over and over again is of course more creative. NOT! Okay what else can I say. It was a really good show entertainment-wise. It got me curious about finally seeing some of the winners and that's always a good thing. And then I can also say how much I like the winners. Even stuff like Fame that is usually not my preferred choice caught my attention here. It was another big year for Polanski at the Oscars while he was of course absent, but of course not as controversial as when he won for The Pianist. Generally a strong year for filmmakers we remember very dearly today still, not just Robert and Roman, but also Scorsese and Lynch being nominees. It was probably not the most surprising awards show as it looks like in the big categories all the front runners took home glories, but that's perfectly fine I think. This does eventually not take away anything from the entertainment factor. Certainly closer to a **** out of ***** than to a ** and I may very well adjust my rating at some point later. Until then, I certainly recommend seeing this one.


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