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1979 Oscars 51st Academy Awards
Winners Announced: April 9, 1979
Held at: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
Host: Johnny Carson (introduced as "John Carson")
Eligibility Year: 1978
<<- Last Year
1979 Oscar Winners
*Best Picture Coming Home, Jerome Hellman, producer (United Artists)
* The Deer Hunter, Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino and John Peverall, producers (Universal)
Heaven Can Wait, Warren Beatty, producer (Paramount)
Midnight Express, Alan Marshall and David Puttnam, producers (Columbia)
An Unmarried Woman, Paul Mazursky and Tony Ray, producers (Twentieth Century-Fox)
*Actor in a Leading Role Warren Beatty, Heaven Can Wait
Gary Busey, The Buddy Holly Story
Robert De Niro, The Deer Hunter
Laurence Olivier, The Boys From Brazil
*Jon Voight, Coming Home
*Actress in a Leading Role Ingrid Bergman, Autumn Sonata
Ellen Burstyn, Same Time, Next Year
Jill Clayburgh, An Unmarried Woman
*Jane Fonda, Coming Home
Geraldine Page, Interiors
*Actor in a Supporting Role Bruce Dern, Coming Home
Richard Farnsworth, Comes a Horseman
John Hurt, Midnight Express
*Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter
Jack Warden, Heaven Can Wait
*Actress in a Supporting Role Dyan Cannon, Heaven Can Wait
Penelope Milford, Coming Home
*Maggie Smith, California Suite
Maureen Stapleton, Interiors
Meryl Streep, The Deer Hunter
*Directing Woody Allen, Interiors
Hal Ashby, Coming Home
Warren Beatty and Buck Henry, Heaven Can Wait
*Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter
Alan Parker, Midnight Express
*Writing Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Woody Allen, Interiors
Ingmar Bergman, Autumn Sonata
Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle and Quinn K. Redeker, story; Deric Washburn, screenplay, The Deer Hunter
*Nancy Dowd, story; Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones, screenplay, Coming Home
Paul Mazursky, An Unmarried Woman
*Writing Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium Elaine May and Warren Beatty, Heaven Can Wait
Walter Newman, Bloodbrothers
Neil Simon, California Suite
Bernard Slade, Same Time, Next Year
*Oliver Stone, Midnight Express
*Cinematography *Nestor Almendros, Days of Heaven
William A. Fraker, Heaven Can Wait
Oswald Morris, The Wiz
Robert Surtees, Same Time, Next Year
Vilmos Zsigmond, The Deer Hunter
*Art Direction Mel Bourne, art direction; Daniel Robert, set decoration, Interiors
Albert Brenner, art direction; Marvin March, set decoration, California Suite
*Paul Sylbert and Edwin O'Donovan, art direction; George Gaines, set decoration, Heaven Can Wait
Dean Tavoularis and Angelo Graham, art direction; George R. Nelson and Bruce Kay, set decoration, The Brink's Job
Tony Walton and Philip Rosenberg, art direction; Edward Stewart and Robert Drumheller, set decoration, The Wiz
*Sound Robert Knudson, Robert J. Glass, Don MacDougall and Jack Solomon, Hooper
Gordon K. McCallum, Graham Hartstone, Nicholas Le Messurier and Roy Charman, Superman
*Richard Portman, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin and Darin Knight, The Deer Hunter
Tex Rudloff, Joel Fein, Curly Thirlwell and Willie Burton, The Buddy Holly Story
John K. Wilkinson, Robert W. Glass, Jr., John T. Reitz and Barry Thomas, Days of Heaven
*Music Original Song “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” Grease, John Farrar, music and lyrics
*“Last Dance,” Thank God It's Friday, Paul Jabara, music and lyrics
“The Last Time I Felt Like This,” Same Time, Next Year, Marvin Hamlisch, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
“Ready to Take a Chance Again,” Foul Play, Charles Fox, music; Norman Gimbel, lyrics
“When You're Loved,” The Magic of Lassie, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, music and lyrics
*Music Original Score Jerry Goldsmith, The Boys From Brazil
Dave Grusin, Heaven Can Wait
*Giorgio Moroder, Midnight Express
Ennio Morricone, Days of Heaven
John Williams, Superman
*Music Adaptation Score Quincy Jones, The Wiz
*Joe Renzetti, The Buddy Holly Story
Jerry Wexler, Pretty Baby
*Film Editing Stuart Baird, Superman
Gerry Hambling, Midnight Express
Robert E. Swink, The Boys From Brazil
Don Zimmerman, Coming Home
*Peter Zinner, The Deer Hunter
*Costume Design Renie Conley, Caravans
Patricia Norris, Days of Heaven
*Anthony Powell, Death on the Nile
Tony Walton, The Wiz
Paul Zastupnevich, The Swarm
*Short Films Animated Oh My Darling (Nico Crama, producer; Nico Crama Productions)
Rip Van Winkle (Will Vinton, producer; Will Vinton Productions)
* Special Delivery (Eunice Macaulay and John Weldon, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
*Short Films Live Action A Different Approach (Jim Belcher and Fern Field, producers; Jim Belcher/Brookfield Production)
Mandy's Grandmother (Andrew Sugerman, producer; Illumination Films)
Strange Fruit (Seth Pinsker, producer; American Film Institute)
* Teenage Father (Taylor Hackford, producer; New Visions Inc. for the Children's Home Society of California)
*Documentary Short Subject The Divided Trail: A Native American Odyssey (Jerry Aronson, producer; Jerry Aronson Production)
An Encounter With Faces (K. K. Kapil, producer; Films Division, Government of India)
* The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (Jacqueline Phillips Shedd and Ben Shedd, producers; Shedd Production)
Goodnight Miss Ann (August Cinquegrana, producer; August Cinquegrana Films Production)
Squires of San Quentin (J. Gary Mitchell, producer; J. Gary Mitchell Film Company)
*Documentary Feature The Lovers' Wind (Ministry of Culture and Arts of Iran)
Mysterious Castles of Clay (Survival Anglia Ltd. Production)
Raoni (Franco-Brazilian Production)
* Scared Straight! (Golden West Television Production)
With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade (Women's Labor History Film Project Production)
*Foreign Language Film * Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, France
The Glass Cell, German Federal Republic—West
Hungarians, Hungary
Viva Italia!, Italy
White Bim Black Ear, U.S.S.R.
*Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award *Leo Jaffe
*Honorary Awards To *Walter Lantz for bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world through his unique animated motion pictures
To *Laurence Olivier for the full body of his work, for the unique achievements of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film
To *King Vidor for his incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator
To the *Museum of Modern Art Department of Film for the contribution it has made to the public's perception of movies as an art form
To *Linwood G. Dunn, Loren L. Ryder and *Waldon O. Watson in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
*Visual Effects *Les Bowie, Colin Chilvers, Denys Coop, Roy Field, Derek Meddings and Zoran Perisic, Superman

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