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52nd Academy Awards

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Hosted by  Johnny Carson
Directed by  Marty Pasetta
Most awards  Kramer vs. Kramer (5)
Other ceremonies  1979, 1981
Producer  Howard W. Koch
Produced by  Howard W. Koch
Best Picture  Kramer vs. Kramer
Date  14 April 1980
Host  Johnny Carson
Site  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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Most nominations  All That Jazz and Kramer vs. Kramer (9)
Location  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, United States

The 52nd Academy Awards were presented April 14, 1980, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson who, in noting the long duration of the production, joked that President Jimmy Carter was working hard for their "release" from the ceremonies, a clear reference to the Iranian hostage crisis.


Among the nominees for Best Supporting Actor were 8 year-old Justin Henry—the youngest Best Supporting Actor nominee ever—and 79-year-old Melvyn Douglas. This was the largest age difference between two competing actors in Oscar history until 2013. Ironically, their age difference was partially the reason why Douglas did not attend the Oscars that night, despite winning the award. Henry was nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer, which out of its eight other nominations, finished with five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Benton, and Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman.


Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ().

Academy Honorary Awards

  • Hal Elias
  • Alec Guinness
  • Medal of Commendation

  • John O. Aalberg, Charles G. Clarke and John G. Frayne
  • Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • Robert Benjamin
  • Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

  • Ray Stark
  • Presenters and performers

    The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.

    Multiple nominations and awards

    These films had multiple nominations:

  • 9 nominations: All That Jazz, Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 8 nominations: Apocalypse Now
  • 5 nominations: Breaking Away
  • 4 nominations: The China Syndrome, Norma Rae, The Rose
  • 3 nominations: 1941, La Cage aux Folles, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • 2 nominations: 10, Alien, ...And Justice for All, Being There, The Black Hole, The Black Stallion, A Little Romance, Manhattan, The Muppet Movie, Starting Over
  • The following films received multiple awards.

  • 5 wins: Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 4 wins: All That Jazz
  • 2 wins: Apocalypse Now, Norma Rae
  • References

    52nd Academy Awards Wikipedia

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