Oscar Movies: Ordinary People (1980)


(Wildwood Enterpirses)

Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by Ronald L. Schwary
Director: Robert Redford
Screenplay (Adapted): Alvin Sargent
Actress: Mary Tyler Moore
Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton
Supporting Actor: Judd Hirsch

Oscar Awards: 4

Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton

Oscar Context

In 1980, Robert Redford's feature debut “Ordinary People,” which swept the most important Oscars, competed with two superlative films (both in black-and-white): David Lynch's “The Elephant Man,” which received 8 nominations but lost each one of them, and Scorsese's masterpiece “Raging Bull,” which also received 8 nods, winning one for editing.

The other two nominees were the biopic “Coal Miner's Daughter,” and Roman Polanski's literary adaptation “Tess,” which won three technical Oscars out of six nominations.