Oscar 1980: Best Picture–Analysis

Coal Miner's Daughter poster Ordinary People poster Raging Bull poster The Elephant Man poster
Biopic (showbiz, rags to riches): A Coal Miner’s Daughter, 7 nominations, 1 Oscar
Classic stylized British drama with real-life elements: Lynch’s The Elephant Man, 8, no Oscars
Family middlebrow melodrama with positive message: Redford’s Ordinary People, 6, 4
Charcater study (also biopic), brilliantly acted: Scorsese’s Raging Bull, 8, 1
Lush costume drama from prestigious literary source: Polanski’s Tess, 6, 3