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The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners

Held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Monday, March 29, 1982,
honoring movies released in 1981.

Best Actor Henry Fonda and Best Actress Katharine Hepburn in a scene from

Best Actor Henry Fonda and Best Actress Katharine Hepburn in a scene from "On Golden Pond."

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Warren Beatty in "Reds"
  • Henry Fonda in "On Golden Pond"
  • Burt Lancaster in "Atlantic City"
  • Dudley Moore in "Arthur"
  • Paul Newman in "Absence of Malice"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • James Coco in "Only When I Laugh"
  • John Gielgud in "Arthur"
  • Ian Holm in "Chariots of Fire"
  • Jack Nicholson in "Reds"
  • Howard E. Rollins, Jr. in "Ragtime"

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Katharine Hepburn in "On Golden Pond"
  • Diane Keaton in "Reds"
  • Marsha Mason in "Only When I Laugh"
  • Susan Sarandon in "Atlantic City"
  • Meryl Streep in "The French Lieutenant’s Woman"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Melinda Dillon in "Absence of Malice"
  • Jane Fonda in "On Golden Pond"
  • Joan Hackett in "Only When I Laugh"
  • Elizabeth McGovern in "Ragtime"
  • Maureen Stapleton in "Reds"

Art Direction

  • "The French Lieutenant’s Woman" Art Direction: Assheton Gorton; Set Decoration: Ann Mollo
  • "Heaven’s Gate" Art Direction: Tambi Larsen; Set Decoration: Jim Berkey
  • "Ragtime" Art Direction: John Graysmark, Patrizia Von Brandenstein, Anthony Reading; Set Decoration: George de Titta, Sr., George de Titta, Jr., Peter Howitt
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Art Direction: Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley; Set Decoration: Michael Ford
  • "Reds" Art Direction: Richard Sylbert; Set Decoration: Michael Seirton


  • "Excalibur" Alex Thomson
  • "On Golden Pond" Billy Williams
  • "Ragtime" Miroslav Ondricek
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Douglas Slocombe
  • "Reds" Vittorio Storaro

Costume Design

  • "Chariots of Fire" Milena Canonero
  • "The French Lieutenant’s Woman" Tom Rand
  • "Pennies from Heaven" Bob Mackie
  • "Ragtime" Anna Hill Johnstone
  • "Reds" Shirley Russell


  • "Atlantic City" Louis Malle
  • "Chariots of Fire" Hugh Hudson
  • "On Golden Pond" Mark Rydell
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Steven Spielberg
  • "Reds" Warren Beatty

Documentary (Feature)

  • "Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey" Suzanne Bauman, Paul Neshamkin and Jim Burroughs, Producers
  • "Brooklyn Bridge" Ken Burns, Producer
  • "Eight Minutes to Midnight: A Portrait of Dr. Helen Caldicott" Mary Benjamin, Susanne Simpson and Boyd Estus, Producers
  • "El Salvador: Another Vietnam" Glenn Silber and Tete Vasconcellos, Producers
  • "Genocide" Arnold Schwartzman and Rabbi Marvin Hier, Producers

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • "Americas in Transition" Obie Benz, Producer
  • "Close Harmony" Nigel Noble, Producer
  • "Journey for Survival" Dick Young, Producer
  • "See What I Say" Linda Chapman, Pam LeBlanc and Freddi Stevens, Producers
  • "Urge to Build" Roland HallĂ© and John Hoover, Producers

Film Editing

  • "Chariots of Fire" Terry Rawlings
  • "The French Lieutenant’s Woman" John Bloom
  • "On Golden Pond" Robert L. Wolfe
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Michael Kahn
  • "Reds" Dede Allen, Craig McKay

Foreign Language Film

  • "The Boat Is Full" Switzerland
  • "Man of Iron" Poland
  • "Mephisto" Hungary
  • "Muddy River" Japan
  • "Three Brothers" Italy


Music (Original Score)

  • "Chariots of Fire" Vangelis
  • "Dragonslayer" Alex North
  • "On Golden Pond" Dave Grusin
  • "Ragtime" Randy Newman
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" John Williams

Music (Original Song)

  • "Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from "Arthur" Music and Lyric by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen
  • "Endless Love" from "Endless Love" Music and Lyric by Lionel Richie
  • "The First Time It Happens" from "The Great Muppet Caper" Music and Lyric by Joe Raposo
  • "For Your Eyes Only" from "For Your Eyes Only" Music by Bill Conti; Lyric by Mick Leeson
  • "One More Hour" from "Ragtime" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Picture

  • "Atlantic City" Denis Heroux and John Kemeny, Producers
  • "Chariots of Fire" David Puttnam, Producer
  • "On Golden Pond" Bruce Gilbert, Producer
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Frank Marshall, Producer
  • "Reds" Warren Beatty, Producer

Short Film (Animated)

  • "Crac" Producer
  • "The Creation" Will Vinton, Producer
  • "The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin" Janet Perlman, Producer

Short Film (Live Action)

  • "Couples and Robbers" Christine Oestreicher, Producer
  • "First Winter" John N. Smith, Producer
  • "Violet" Paul Kemp and Shelley Levinson, Producers


  • "On Golden Pond" Richard Portman, David Ronne
  • "Outland" John K. Wilkinson, Robert W. Glass, Jr., Robert M. Thirlwell, Robin Gregory
  • "Pennies from Heaven" Michael J. Kohut, Jay M. Harding, Richard Tyler, Al Overton
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Roy Charman
  • "Reds" Dick Vorisek, Tom Fleischman, Simon Kaye

Visual Effects

  • "Dragonslayer" Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett, Ken Ralston, Brian Johnson
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Richard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson, Joe Johnston

Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium)

  • "The French Lieutenant’s Woman" Harold Pinter
  • "On Golden Pond" Ernest Thompson
  • "Pennies from Heaven" Dennis Potter
  • "Prince of the City" Jay Presson Allen, Sidney Lumet
  • "Ragtime" Michael Weller

Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

  • "Absence of Malice" Kurt Luedtke
  • "Arthur" Steve Gordon
  • "Atlantic City" John Guare
  • "Chariots of Fire" Colin Welland
  • "Reds" Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths

  • Star indicates a win.
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