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Motion Picture News and Highlights from 1979

1979 Academy Awards
presented April 9, for films released in 1978

Motion Picture The Deer Hunter
Actor Jon Voight (Coming Home)
Actress Jane Fonda (Coming Home)
Supporting Actor Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter)
Supporting Actress Maggie Smith (California Suite)
Director Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter)
Original Screenplay Coming Home (story by Nancy Dowd; screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones)
Cinematography Nestor Almendros (Days of Heaven)
Film Editing Peter Zinner (The Deer Hunter)
Original Music Score Giorgio Moroder (Midnight Express)
Song "Last Dance" (Thank God It's Friday)
Visual Effects Superman (Warner Brothers)
Documentary Feature Scared Straight! (Arnold Shapiro, producer)
Documentary Short The Flight of the Gossamer Condor
Foreign Language Film Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (France)
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Leo Jaffe
Special Awards Walter Lantz, King Vidor, Sir Laurence Olivier, film department of the Museum of Modern Art

Christopher Walken (2nd from right) in The Deer Hunter
Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter

scene from The Deer Hunter
scene from Deer Hunter

Michael Caine and Maggie Smith in California Suite
Michael Caine and Maggie Smith in California Suite

Jane Fonda and Jon Voight in Coming Home
Jane Fonda and Jon Voight in Coming Home

Jon Voight and Jane Fonda with their Oscars
Jon Voight and Jane Fonda

Cannes International Film Festival

Golden Palm Grand Prize tie: Apocalypse Now (United States) and The Tin Drum (West Germany)
Best Actor Jack Lemmon (The China Syndrome)
Best Actress Sally Field (Norma Rae)
Best Director Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven)

Sally Field in Norma Rae
Norma Rae

Robert Duvall (standing) in Apocalypse Now
Apocalyspe News

Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon in The China Syndrome
The China Syndrome

Notable Foreign Films Released in the United States

Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault in La Cage Aux Folles, from France
La Cage Aux Folles

scene from Nosferatu, from West Germany
Nosferatu

Other Notable Films Released in 1979

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Alien
The Amityville Horror
...and Justice For All
Breaking Away
Hair
Kramer vs. Kramer
The Main Event
Manhattan
The Muppet Movie
North Dallas Forty
The Onion Field
Rocky II
The Seduction of Joe Tynan
Star Trek -- The Motion Picture
Starting Over

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie

Sigourney Weaver in Alien
Alien

the Enterprise in StarTrek The Movie
StarTrek

SEE ALSO
In the Year 1979

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