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1981 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 9 Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News
  • Mar 30 "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)
  • Mar 31 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Can't Stop the Music" wins
  • Jun 12 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (the first Indiana Jones film) directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford premieres
  • Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • Sep 12 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America
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Film & TV Awards in 1981

  • Jan 31 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, & Mary Tyler Moore win
  • Feb 13 31st Berlin International Film Festival: "Hurry, Hurry!" wins the Golden Bear
  • Mar 9 7th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)
  • Mar 19 -21] Emmy 8th Daytime Awards - Susan Lucci loses for 2nd time
  • Mar 31 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Can't Stop the Music" wins
  • Mar 31 53rd Academy Awards: "Ordinary People", Robert De Niro & Sissy Spacek win
  • May 27 34th Cannes Film Festival: "Man of Iron" directed by Andrzej Wajda wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jul 23 14th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Sep 2 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: "Taxi", "Hill Street Blues", Judd Hirsch and Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award

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