Skip to content

53 Interesting Facts about the Number 53 #7: the 53rd Academy Awards celebrated films from 1980 and why we hiked the PCT

February 22, 2015


In honor of tonight’s Academy Awards where Birdman won Best Picture, this week’s Interesting Fact about the Number 53 #7 is the 53rd Academy Awards which honored the best films of 1980 and took place in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with host Johny Carson Tuesday, March 31 1981–a day after it was scheduled due to the attempted assassination of President Reagan.

Interestingly, if Reagan had been more gravely injured, he would not have run for President for a second term and I may not have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail — a place where the Academy Award nominated film Wild takes place.

Why? Because while Cheryl Strayed was driven to hike following the death of her mother, we were driven to hike in part from Ronald Reagan’s re-election in 1984. We lost all faith in humanity; how could we live among people who could vote in droves for someone like him? While “trail angels” such as Cheryl Staryed and current hikers experience were rare in the mid 80s when we through hiked, we did benefit from the kindness of strangers throughout our 2800 mile hike–and that was transformational in redeeming the human race.

So back to the 53rd Academy Awards honoring the best films released in 1980. Although some would argue that Raging Bull should have won over Ordinary People, these films stand the test of time. The Best Picture winner was:

Ordinary People, based on the novel by Judith Guest, won a total of four awards: Timothy Hutton, 20, won Best Supporting Actor, Robert Redford won Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Tess, starring Natassia Kinski and adapted from the British novel by Thomas Hardy which I had read that year in a college lit class, won three awards (costume, art, and cinematography). Robert DeNiro, 37, won Best Actor for his role in Raging Bull —a film than many critics consider one of America’s best ever, and Sissy Spacek, 31, won Best Actress for her work in Coal Miner’s Daughter.

1980 was the year that George Lucas’s second Star Wars film came out: The Empire Strikes Back won for Best Sound and was also nominated for Art Direction and Original Score. In 1980, I graduated from Buena High School, and the summer of 1980 I was teaching mountaineering in the mountains of Colorado and drove to Denver to see the film with a fellow counselor named Joel, a funny guy who lived in Santa Barbara, was a great dancer who loved Earth, Wind, and Fire, and looked a little like a blond Ewok. I probably should have kissed him but never did.

Other films that won or were nominated for the 53rd Oscars include: Fame winner for Best Original Score and Sound, 9 to 5, Melvin and Howard  winner of Best Supporting Actress Mary Steenburgen, 28, and Private Benjamin.

Source wikipediaL

53 Interesting Facts About the Number 53:

#1 53 Miles West of Venus is a song by the B-52s
#2 53rd & 3rd is a song by the Ramones
#3 53 is Herbie The Love Bug’s Racing Number
#4 53 is the maximum number of players on an NFL roster
#5 53 BC is the year this Chinese philospher and fu poet was born
#6 53 is the atomic number for iodine
#7 the 53rd Academy Awards Celebrated the films of 1980: the year I graduated from High School



No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Taxi Talk Without Tipping

Querus Abuttu

The "Q" Review

Jack Elliott's Santa Barbara Adventure

. . .tales from one man's wanderings, regional insight and history

The magical world of wines from Grocery Outlet

The best and the worst of Gross Out.

Stephen McConnell

A Daily Journal of Fruit, Structure, Varietal honesty, and Balance.

Sonoran Images

Photography by Steven Kessel


Diary of a Wine Student

Syrah Queen

Wine, Food & Travel Resource

The Paper Plane Journey

About my passion for wine and travel

Briscoe Bites

Booze, Baking, Big Bites and More!

Mythology Matters

Matters of Myth, and Why Myth Matters

Smith-Madrone News

Good Thoughts & Great Wine from Spring Mountain, Napa Valley

Fueled by Coffee

Lifestyle, food, parenting, DYI

Bottled Bliss

Day-colored wine, night-colored wine, wine with purple feet...

Do Bianchi

Negotiating the Epistemologic Implications of Oenophilia


Global wine culture

Elizabeth Gabay MW

Wine, Food and History: from the Rhone to Piedmont

Budget Trek Kashmir

Family run Company Specialist Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir, North Indian Himalayas

Oldfield's Wanderings

Objects in blog are closer than they appear

Memorable Moments

With Lists & Adventures That Keep Life Interesting

Vinos y Pasiones

Información acerca de bodegas, vinos, gastronomía y enoturismo.

Best Tanzania Travel Guides

from Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti and beyond


The Best Guide in Tanzania

Pull That Cork

Wine makes our life more fun.

Always Ravenous

Adventures in Food and Wine

Joy of Wine

"Wine cheereth God and man." -- Judges 9:13

Side Hustle Wino

If you're not having fun, you're not doing right.

Vineyard Son Alegre

Organic Wine And Olive Oil From Santanyí, Mallorca (Spain)

L.M. Archer

wordsmith | consumer, b2b + b2c

What's in that Bottle?

Better Living Through Better Wine!


My humble wine blog


When food and wine click!

The Flavor of Grace

Helene Kremer's The Flavor of Grace

The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures


Living La Vida Vino!

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories

Gretchen L. Kelly, Author

Gretchen L. Kelly

Sonya Huber

books, essays, etc.

%d bloggers like this: