Dustin H o f f m an was nominated for his performance as the confused, divorced father in “Kramer vs. Kramer,” along with Jack Lemmon (“The China Syndrome“), Al Pacino (“…And Justice for All” ), Roy Scheider (“All That Jazz”) and Peter Sellers (“Being There”).
Nominated for best actress were Sally F i e ld ( ” N o r ma R a e ” ) J i ll Clayburgh (“Starting Over”), Jane Fonda (“The China Symdrome”), Marsha Mason (“Chapter Two”) and Bette Midler (“The Rose”).
Nominated for best director were Bob Fosse (“All That Jazz”), Francis Ford Coppola (“Acopalypse Now” ), Peter Yates (“Breaking Away” ), Robert Benton (“Kramer vs. Kramer”) and Edouard Molinaro (“La Cage Aux Folles”)
Curiously, the director of “Norma Rae,” Martin Ritt, was not nominated for best director although his picture was voted among the five best.
In the best supporting actor category, nominees were Melvin Douglas ( “Be ing T h e r e ” ), R o b e rt Du v a ll (“Apolocalypse Now” ), Frederick Forrest ( “The Rose ” ), Jus t in Henry (“Kramer vs. Kramer”) and Mickey Rooney (“The Black Stallion”).
Nominated for best supporting actress were Jane Alexander (“Kramer v s. K r a m e r ” ) , B a r b a ra B a r r ie (“Breaking Away” ), Candice Bergen (“Starting Over”) Mariel Hemingway ( ” M a n h a t t a n “) a nd Me r yl Streep (“Kramer vs. Kramer”).
It was Lenunon’s f i f th nomination; Hoffman and Pacino have each been nominated four times. The nomination was the second for Sellers and first in the best actor category for Scheider, who had previously been nominated for best supporting actor.
Academy members will vote on the nominees by secret ballot next month. The 1979 Oscar winners will be announced and the awards presented April 14 at the Los Angeles Civic Cent er d u r i ng a n a t i o n w i de television broadcast.
Nominated for best song of 1979 were “It Goes Like This” (“Norma Rae”), “The R a i n b ow Connection” (“The Muppet Movie”), “Song From ’10’ (It’s Easy to Say)” (“10”), “Theme From ‘Ice Castles’ (Through the Eyes of Love)” (“Ice Castles”) and “Theme From ‘The Promise’ (I’ll Never Say ‘Goodbye’)” (“The Promise”).
“Apocalypse Now” was right behind “All That Jazz” and “Kramer vs. Kramer” in number of nominations with eight chances for the Oscar. “Breaking Away” was fourth with five nominations.
Twentieth Century-Fox led all studios by a wide margin with 25 nominations for six pictures, followed by Columbia and United Artists which gathered 18 nominations in six films apiece.
In the best actor category, all nominees except Scheider are veterans.