The Oscars

The 53rd Academy Awards hosted by Johnny Carson at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Tuesday, March 31, 1981 honoring movies released in 1980. The ceremony was postponed 24 hours because of an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Three of the four acting awards went to performers who had portrayed real people: Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, Sissy Spacek as country-western singer Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Mary Steenburgen as Lynda Dummar, first wife of would-be Howard Hughes heir Melvin Dummar in Melvin and Howard.

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