77th Academy Awards
|77th Academy Awards|
|Date||February 27, 2005|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Director||Louis J. Horvitz|
|Best Picture||Million Dollar Baby|
|Most awards||The Aviator (5)|
|Most nominations||The Aviator (11)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 14 minutes|
25.29 (Nielsen Ratings)
The 77th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), took place on February 27, 2005, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories honoring films released in 2004. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and was directed by Louis J. Horvitz. Actor and comedian Chris Rock hosted the show for the first time. Two weeks earlier in a ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, California held on February 12, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Scarlett Johansson.
The Aviator won the most awards of the night with five. Million Dollar Baby won four awards including Best Picture. Other winners included The Incredibles and Ray with two awards, and Born into Brothels, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Mighty Times: The Children's March, The Motorcycle Diaries, Ryan, The Sea Inside, Sideways, Spider-Man 2, and Wasp with one. The telecast garnered over 42 million viewers in the United States.
- 1 Winners and nominees
- 2 Presenters and performers
- 3 Ceremony Information
- 4 In Memoriam
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 Bibliography
- 8 External links
Winners and nominees
The nominees for the 77th Academy Awards were announced on January 25, 2005 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Frank Pierson, president of the Academy, and actor Adrien Brody. The Aviator received the most nominations with eleven; Finding Neverland and Million Dollar Baby tied for second with seven nominations each.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on February 27, 2005. At age 74, Clint Eastwood became the oldest winner for Best Director in Oscar history. With his latest unsuccessful nomination for directing The Aviator, nominee Martin Scorsese joined Robert Altman, Clarence Brown, Alfred Hitchcock, and King Vidor as the most nominated individuals in the Best Director category without a single win, to date. Best Actor winner Jamie Foxx became the only the second actor and tenth individual overall to earn two acting nominations in the same year. By virtue of her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn, Best Supporting Actress winner Cate Blanchett was the first performer to portray a real-life Oscar winner. "Al otro lado del río" from The Motorcycle Diaries became the the second song with non-English lyrics to win Best Original Song. The titular song from the 1960 film Never on Sunday was the first song to achieve this feat.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
- Roger Mayer
Multiple nominations and awards
The following 22 films received multiple nominations:
|The following four films received multiple awards:
Presenters and performers
|Drew Barrymore||Presenter||Presented Best Original Song nominee: "Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)"|
|Annette Bening||Presenter||Presented the In Memoriam tribute|
|Halle Berry||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Art Direction-Set Decoration|
|Brad Bird||Presenter||Co-presented the Oscar for Costume Design as the voice of Edna from The Incredibles|
|Cate Blanchett||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Make-Up|
|Orlando Bloom||Presenter||Co-presented the Oscar for Film Editing|
|Pierce Brosnan||Presenter||Co-presented the Oscar for Costume Design|
|Sean "Diddy" Combs||Presenter||Presented the Best Original Song nominee "Believe"|
|Penélope Cruz||Presenter||Co-presented the Oscars for Sound Mixing, Sound Editing|
|Leonardo DiCaprio||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Documentary Feature|
|Kirsten Dunst||Presenter||Co-presented the award for Film Editing|
|Josh Groban||Performer||Performed the song "Believe"|
|Jake Gyllenhaal||Presenter||Co-presented the Oscar for Visual Effects|
|Salma Hayek||Presenter||Co-presented the Oscars for Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and presented the original song nominee "Al Otro lado Del Rio"|
|Dustin Hoffman||Presenter||Co-presented the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year|
|Jeremy Irons||Presenter||Presented the award for Best Live Action Short Film|
|Samuel L. Jackson||Presenter||Presented award for Best Original Screenplay|
|Scarlett Johansson||Presenter||Host of the Scientific and Technical Awards Banquet|
|Beyoncé Knowles||Performer||Performed the nominated songs "Believe", "Learn to Be Lonely" and "Look To Your Path"|
|Laura Linney||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Best Animated Short|
|Yo-Yo Ma||Performer||Performed a musical piece for the In Memoriam segment|
|Mike Myers||Presenter||Presented the original song nominee "Accidentally in Love"|
|Al Pacino||Presenter||Presented the Honorary Award to Sidney Lumet|
|Gwyneth Paltrow||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Sean Penn||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role|
|Natalie Portman||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Best Documentary Short|
|Prince||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Best Original Song|
|Tim Robbins||Performer||Presented the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Julia Roberts||Performer||Presented the award for Best Director|
|Emmy Rossum||Presenter||Presented the original song nominee "Learn to Be Lonely"|
|Adam Sandler||Presenter||Presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Martin Scorsese||Presenter||Presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Roger Mayer|
|Barbra Streisand||Presenter||Presented the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year|
|Charlize Theron||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|John Travolta||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Best Original Score|
|Robin Williams||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Animated Feature Film|
|Kate Winslet||Presenter||Presented the Oscar for Best Cinematography|
|Renée Zellweger||Performers||Presented the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Zhang Ziyi||Presenter||Co-presented the Oscar for Best Visual Effects|
Opting for a younger a face in an attempt to increase viewership while while renewing interest with the nominated films, producer Gil Cates selected actor and comedian Chris Rock to host the 2005 ceremony. Cates explained his decision to hire Rock for the telecast in a press release saying, "I am a huge fan of Chris Rock. He always makes me laugh and he always has something interesting to say. Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific. I can't wait."
Several other people were involved with the production of the ceremony. Film composer and musician Bill Conti served as musical director of the ceremony. AMPAS graphics designer Brett Davidson designed the official ceremony poster consisting of a profile of the Oscar statuette in front of four neon-colored squares. Freelance producer Cochise and media firm Dig and Media Island released a trailer shown in movie theaters nationwide promoting the ceremony featuring clips from past Oscar ceremonies against the four squares backdrop in the aforementioned poster. The trailer featured the song "Hey Mama" by The Black Eyed Peas.
Box office performance of nominated films
When the nominations has been announced on January 25, the field of Best Picture nominees did not include a bonafide blockbuster at the U.S. box office. Ray was the highest grossing film among the Best Picture nominees with $73 million in domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by The Aviator ($58.4 million), Finding Neverland ($32.7 million), Sideways ($32.4 million), and finally Million Dollar Baby ($8.4 million).
On the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 44 nominations went to 14 films on the list. Only Shrek 2 (1st), The Incredibles (4th), Shark Tale (11th), Collateral (22nd), Ray (37th), and The Aviator (49th) were nominated for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, directing, acting, or screenwriting. The other top 50 box office hits that earned the nominations were Spider-Man 2 (2nd), The Passion of the Christ (3rd), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (5th), The Polar Express (10th), I, Robot (12th), Troy (13th), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (18th), and The Village (20th).
The show received a mixed reception from media publications. Some media outlets were more critical of the show. USA Today television critic Robert Bianco bemoaned, "Loud, snide and dismissive, he wasn't just a disappointment; he ranks up there with the worst hosts ever." He also derided the decision to have several nominees of several technical categories stand on stage calling it embarrassing and disrespectful. Columnist Robert. P. Lawrence of U-T San Diego lamented, "It was a frustratingly average, three-hour-12-minute exhibition of mutual admiration in the inimitable Hollywood style." He later commented that despite Rock's edgy and provocative opening, his humor and energy diminished as the night wore on. Vince Horiuchi of The Salt Lake Tribune wrote of Rock's mediocre performance, "He was bound by stale jokes (none of the winners "tested positive for steroids"), a rigid opening monologue (he didn't even make reference to his prior controversial comments about the Oscars), and tired comedy bits (Rock playing like Catherine Zeta-Jones with Adam Sandler)." In addition, he also criticized the cast and production of the ceremony calling it "moribund" and "clumsy."
Other media outlets received the broadcast more positively. Film critic Roger Ebert raved that Rock "opened on a high-energy quick-talking note" He also added, "Chris Rock hit a home run with his opening monologue, which was surprisingly pointed, topical,and not shy of controversy." Television critic Frazier Moore lauded Rock's performance as a "needed pick-me-up, presiding over the broadcast with saucy finesse." He also commented, "In sum, the broadcast felt brisk, though not rushed. It felt modern and refreshingly free of chronic self-importance."
Ratings and reception
The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 42.16 million people over its length, which was a 3% decrease from the previous year's ceremony. An estimated 77.92 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards. The show also drew lower Nielsen ratings compared to the two previous ceremonies with 25.57 of households watching over a 39.29 share. In addition, it also drew a lower 18–49 demo rating with a 15.18 rating over a 37.69 share among viewers in that demographic.
A special tribute to five-time host Johnny Carson was presented by host Chris Rock with previous emcee Whoopi Goldberg discussing Carson's legacy to television and the Academy Awards in the segment.
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