Oscar Movies: Raider of the Lost Ark

Paramount (Lucasfilm)

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by Frank Marshall
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Norman Reynolds and Leslie Dilley
Film Editing: Michael Kahn
Sound: Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, and Roy Charman
Original Score: John Williams
Visual Effects: Richard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson, and Joe Johnston

b>Oscar awards: 5

Art Direction-Set Decoration
Film Editing
Visual Effects

Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing: Benjamin P. Burtt Jr. and Richard L. Anderson

Oscar Context

In 1981, the British sports melodrama “Chariots of Fire,” was the surprise winner of the Best Picture Oscar, with 7 nominations and four awards, including Original Score to Vangelis.

The other four nominees were (alphabetically): Louis Malle's “Atlantic City,” The schmaltzy family saga “On Golden Pod,” with 10 nods, Warren Beatty's semi-successful epic “Reds,” which received the largest number of nominations (12), and Spielberg's nostalgic adventure “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which won most of the technical Oscars.