Oscar Movies: Tess

Columbia

Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by Calude Berri and Timothy Burrill
Director: Roman Polanski
Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth and Ghislain Cloquet
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Pierre Guffroy and Jack Stephens
Costume Design: Anthony Powell
Original Score: Philippe Sarde

Oscar Awards: 3

Cinematography
Art Direction-Set Decoration
Costume Design

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.