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The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981) Poster

(1981 TV Special)

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The show was postponed one day due to the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on 30 March; Reagan, a former actor, addressed the audience in a message taped at the White House nearly two weeks earlier - becoming the first President in 40 years to participate in the program.
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Both Robert De Niro and Sissy Spacek won Oscars for playing real life characters, and when they won, both Jake LaMotta and Loretta Lynn were in the audience.
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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.
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