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1980 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 7 32nd Emmy Awards: "Taxi"; "Lou Grant"; Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild.
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Film & TV Awards in 1980

  • Jan 28 37th Golden Globes: "Kramer vs. Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win
  • Feb 18 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Mar 6 Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
  • Mar 8 6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)
  • Apr 14 52nd Academy Awards: Best Picture "Kramer vs Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win
  • May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • Jul 30 13th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 28 37th Venice Film Festival: "Atlantic City" directed by Louis Malle and "Gloria" directed by John Cassavetes jointly awarded Golden Lion (first since 1968)
  • Sep 7 32nd Emmy Awards: "Taxi"; "Lou Grant"; Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • Sep 13 5th Toronto International Film Festival: "Bad Timing" directed by Nicolas Roeg wins the People's Choice Award

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 14 Actor Samuel L. Jackson (31) weds sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson (30)
  • Feb 20 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
  • May 22 American actress Marlo Thomas (42) weds American TV talk host Phil Donahue (44)

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Feb 8 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces British singer David Bowie (33) after just under 10 years of marriage
  • Oct 6 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) divorces actress Anne Byrne (37) after 11 years of marriage

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