77th Academy Awards

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77th Academy Awards
Date Sunday, February 27, 2005
Site Kodak Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Host Chris Rock
Pre-show Billy Bush
Jann Carl
Chris Connelly
Shaun Robinson
Producer Gil Cates
Director Louis J. Horvitz
Best Picture Million Dollar Baby
Most awards The Aviator (5)
Most nominations The Aviator (11)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 14 minutes
Ratings 42.16 million
25.29 (Nielsen Ratings)
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The 77th Academy Awards honored the best films of 2004 and were held on February 27, 2005, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. They were hosted by comedian Chris Rock.

The nominees were announced on January 25, 2005. Martin Scorsese's biopic of the eccentric Howard Hughes, The Aviator, led the pack with eleven nominations including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. Marc Forster's Finding Neverland and Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby each had seven nominations. Ray and Sideways rounded out the nominees for Best Picture.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Clint Eastwood, Best Director winner
Jamie Foxx, Best Actor winner
Hilary Swank, Best Actress winner
Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor winner
Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress winner
Michel Gondry, Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Alejandro Amenábar, Best Foreign Language Film winner
Jorge Drexler, Best Original Song winner
Sandy Powell, Best Costume Design winner

The 77th Academy Awards was the first Oscar telecast since the 73rd Academy Awards to receive a TV rating of TV-14. This is most likely due to many "edgy" comments made by Chris Rock during the ceremony. Since this, every future telecast to date would receive a TV-14 rating.

Hilary Swank won her second Academy Award for Best Actress; among her fellow nominees was Annette Bening, who had also been nominated when Swank won her first award in 1999.

At age 74 Clint Eastwood became the oldest director to win the Oscar. This was also the second straight year that he directed two Academy Award-winning performances.

With The Aviator winning 5 Oscars, this was the last Oscar ceremony until the 2013 ceremony at which another film won more Oscars than the Best Picture winner. The last time this had happened was either in 1981 (Raiders of the Lost Ark) or in 1977 (Star Wars), depending on whether one counts the Special Achievement Award that Raiders received for its sound effects editing as a true win. In addition, Cate Blanchett won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, marking the only time in Academy Awards history that an actor won an Oscar for portraying an Oscar-winning actor.


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Feature Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Academy Award ceremony presenters and performers[edit]

In Memoriam[edit]

A special tribute to past 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.

Presented by Annette Bening with a musical solo by Yo-Yo Ma, the Academy recognizes those motion picture contributors that passed away in the previous year. In the order that they appear, the following actors and artists were featured:

Ceremony Information[edit]

Box office performance of nominated films[edit]

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. For the first time in 20 years, and what would continue for the next few years, none of the nominees for Best Picture was among the year's top ten releases in box office at the time of the nominations, and as a group they most probably had the lowest box-office performance of any Best Picture field in history. 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 (48th) 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).

New and recap[edit]

  • There was a considerable amount of controversy surrounding the omission of political-themed documentaries from the Best Documentary Feature Film category. However, this was not necessarily an oversight on the part of the Academy, as many of the candidates were rendered ineligible.
    • Fahrenheit 9/11 was intentionally withheld from submission in the Best Documentary Feature Film category by producer Michael Moore, in hopes of affecting the 2004 presidential election by airing it on broadcast television. Under rules established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, documentaries shown on television within nine months of their theatrical release are ineligible for the documentary Oscar. Instead Moore submitted it for the Best Picture category which does not have that same rule.
    • Popular political documentaries Control Room and The Corporation were rendered ineligible by the fact that they had been broadcast in their entirety on network television within 9 months of their U.S. theatrical release.
  • The popular The Motorcycle Diaries was not selected by any country as its official nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, as the crew, director, cast and filming locations were all affiliated with different nations. As it had no specific country of origin, no country was willing to make it their official selection for the category.
  • When Chris Rock makes his introduction, the music accompanying him is a slightly jazzed up version of Brad Fiedel's theme from The Terminator.
  • The ceremony attracted an average audience of 42.14 million, down three percent from the preceding year. However, the target age 18-49 demographic ratings stood at 16.84, higher with the preceding year's 15.68.
  • During one segment, Rock asked "Who is this guy?" in reference to actor Jude Law who seemingly appeared in every movie Rock had seen that year and implied Law was a low-rent Tom Cruise (he made a joke about filmmakers rushing production and being unable to get the actors they want: "If you want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law, wait [to make the film]!") . Nearly two hours later, a defensive Sean Penn took the stage to present and said, "In answer to our host's question, Jude Law is one of our finest young actors." (At the time, Penn and Law were shooting All the King's Men.) This was later mocked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart impersonating Penn explaining old jokes like airline peanuts. Law was not the only actor that Rock poked fun at that evening, however—he turned the joke on himself at one point, saying "if you want Denzel [Washington] and all you can get is me, wait!"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 77th Academy Awards (2005) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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