The 51st Academy Awards telecast, which celebrated the finest film achievements of 1978, happened on 2.20.79.

HE personal picks are as follows: Best Picture — tie between Coming Home and Days of Heaven. (Runnersup: Heaven Can Wait, The Deer Hunter, Midnight Express, An Unmarried Woman, Interiors.)

Best Director — tie between Hal Ashby, Coming Home, and Terrence Malick, Days of Heaven. (Runnersup: Warren Beatty and Buck Henry, Heaven Can Wait; Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter, Woody Allen, Interiors, Alan Parker, Midnight Express).

Best Actor: Jon Voight, Coming Home. Best Actress: Jane Fonda, Coming Home. Best Supporting Actor: Jack Warden, Heaven Can Wait. Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton, Interiors.

Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone, Days of Heaven.