Ordinary People was Robert Redford’s directorial debut. It is a story of how a family adjusts to tragedy, and it is a taut yet sensitive portrayal of suppressed emotion and the masks we wear. It deals with an extreme circumstance, but the uncomfortable family dynamics will be familiar to almost anyone with a family. The film is simple yet complex…like families of ordinary people. Ordinary People won the Academy Award in 1980 for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.