Oscar Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark


(Lucasfilm Ltd Productions)

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by Frank Marshall
Director: Steven Spielberg
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Norman Reynolds and Leslie Dilley
Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe
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, Joe Johnston

Oscar awards: 5 (4+1)

Film Editing
Visual Effects
Special Achievements Award for Sound Effects Editing

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 old-fashioned adventure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which won most of the technical Oscars.