79th Academy Awards
|79th Academy Awards|
|Date||February 25, 2007|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
André Leon Talley
|Director||Louis J. Horvitz|
|Best Picture||The Departed|
|Most awards||The Departed (4)|
|Most nominations||Dreamgirls (8)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 51 minutes|
23.65 (Nielsen ratings)
The 79th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2006 and took place February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was hosted by actress Ellen DeGeneres for the first time. It was produced by Laura Ziskin (producing for the second time) and directed by Louis J. Horvitz (directing for the eleventh time in a row). Two weeks earlier in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California held on February 10, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The Departed won four awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Martin Scorsese, his first Oscar after eight failed nominations. Other winners included Pan's Labyrinth with three, An Inconvenient Truth, Dreamgirls, and Little Miss Sunshine with two, and Babel, The Blood of Yingzhou District, The Danish Poet, Happy Feet, The Last King of Scotland, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Lives of Others, Marie Antoinette, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Queen, and West Bank Story with one. The telecast garnered nearly 40 million viewers (in North America).
- 1 Winners and nominees
- 2 In Memoriam
- 3 Multiple nominations and awards
- 4 Presenters and performers
- 5 Voting trends
- 6 Notable events
- 7 Ratings
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Winners and nominees
The nominees for the 79th Academy Awards were announced on January 23, 2007, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Sid Ganis, president of the Academy, and the actress Salma Hayek. Films receiving the most nominations were Dreamgirls with eight followed by Babel with seven.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on February 25, 2007.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Honorary Academy Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
The annual In Memoriam tribute, was presented by actress Jodie Foster.
Multiple nominations and awards
The following nineteen films received multiple nominations:
The following five films received multiple awards:
Presenters and performers
The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers.
For the second year in a row, no film received more than eight nominations, with the selections scattered among numerous films. Continuing a trend of the previous two years in the major nominations, Academy voters favored films which had struggled at the U.S. box office, although the Best Picture nominees performed slightly better than those of the previous year due to the presence of one sizable hit. The Departed had the best showing through January 21 with $121.7 million, placing the film 17th among the year's releases. However, the next best showing among the five nominees was that of Little Miss Sunshine, which placed 50th with $59.6 million. The Queen ($35.6 million), Babel ($23.7 million) and Letters from Iwo Jima ($2.4 million) completed the Best Picture field, but did not place among the year's top 80 box office hits.
Among the rest of the top 50 releases of 2006 in U.S. box office through the weekend before the nominations, only The Pursuit of Happyness (12th), Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (15th), The Devil Wears Prada (16th) and Dreamgirls (28th) received nominations for directing, acting or writing, with only Dreamgirls gaining more than one nomination in those areas. The top sixteen films in box office received a total of only thirteen nominations, with four going to the year's top hit, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and two others in the category of Animated Feature. Six of the ten nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress went to films which had grossed less than $8 million each.
For the second consecutive year, four of the Best Picture nominees were rated R (under 17 requires accompanying adult). Of the 88 nominations awarded to non-documentary feature films (apart from the Foreign Film category), a majority of 56 went to R-rated films (up from 43 one year earlier), 28 to films rated PG-13, two to PG-rated films (down from 16 the year before, and both for Animated Feature) and two to a G-rated film (the final nominee for Animated Feature). In a precise duplication of the previous year, R-rated films captured 32 of the 40 nominations for Best Picture, directing, screenwriting and acting. Non-R-rated films received exactly half of the nominations (24 of 48) in the remaining categories, primarily those in "below the line" areas (the editing, original score and sound editing categories accounted for 13 of the 24 nominations for R-rated films, while the categories for costume design, song, visual effects and animated feature accounted for 14 of the 24 nominations for non-R-rated films).
Peter O'Toole – who received his first nomination for Best Actor 44 years earlier – set a record for most years between a first and most recent nomination in that category, breaking Henry Fonda's record of 41 years (Katharine Hepburn received Best Actress nominations 48 years apart). Kevin O'Connell increased his number of nominations to 19 in the Best Sound Mixing category. He is still without a win.
For the second year in a row, no film received more than four awards, and the awards for Best Picture and the four acting categories again went to five different films. Forest Whitaker won for his performance as Idi Amin, and Helen Mirren won for her role as Elizabeth II, making it the sixth time – and second consecutive year – that both lead acting awards went to performers playing real people; it was also the sixth time in eight years that the Best Actress award has gone to someone playing a real person. No individual person won more than one award.
Ethnic diversity, Mexican and British presence
With five blacks, two Hispanics and an Asian, it was the most ethnically diverse lineup ever among the 20 acting nominees. After decades in which the Oscars were a virtual whites-only club, with minority actors only occasionally breaking into the field, the awards have featured a much broader mix of nominees in the last few years.
A record number of 10 Mexicans received a total of 12 Academy Award nominations. Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro and production designer Eugenio Caballero ended up winning, for their work in Pan's Labyrinth:
- Guillermo Arriaga – Nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Babel.
- Adriana Barraza – Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Babel.
- Eugenio Caballero – Won Best Production Design for Pan's Labyrinth.
- Fernando Cámara – Nominated for Best Sound Mixing for Apocalypto.
- Alfonso Cuarón – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing for Children of Men.
- Alejandro González Iñárritu – Nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Babel.
- Emmanuel Lubezki – Nominated for Best Cinematography for Children of Men.
- Guillermo Navarro – Won Best Cinematography for Pan's Labyrinth.
- Alex Rodríguez – Nominated for Best Film Editing for Children of Men.
- Guillermo del Toro – Nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Pan's Labyrinth.
- Pan's Labyrinth – Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
Numerous nominees were British; however, only one (Helen Mirren) ended up winning.
- Sacha Baron Cohen – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
- Peter Baynham – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
- Judi Dench – Nominated for Best Actress for Notes on a Scandal
- Stephen Frears – Nominated for Best Director for The Queen
- Paul Greengrass – Nominated for Best Director for United 93
- Andy Harries – Nominated for Best Picture for The Queen
- Anthony Hines – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
- Gil Kenan – Nominated for Best Animated Feature for Monster House
- Christine Langan – Nominated for Best Picture for The Queen
- Patrick Marber – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Notes on a Scandal
- Paul Massey – Nominated for Achievement in Sound Mixing for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Dan Mazer – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
- Helen Mirren – Won Best Actress for The Queen
- Peter Morgan – Nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Queen
- Lee Orloff – Nominated for Achievement in Sound Mixing for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Dick Pope – Nominated for Achievement in Cinematography for The Illusionist
- Tracey Seaward – Nominated for Best Picture for The Queen
- Ivan Sharrock – Nominated for Achievement in Sound Mixing for Blood Diamond
- Kate Winslet – Nominated for Best Actress for Little Children
- About one-third of the way through the ceremonies, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore (An Inconvenient Truth) appeared with Best Actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond) to congratulate the organizers for using environmentally friendly practices in producing the show. DiCaprio asked Gore (whose potential candidacy for the presidency had drawn wide speculation) if there was anything he wanted to announce.
“ I guess with a billion people watching, it's as good a time as any. So my fellow Americans, I'm going to take this opportunity right here and now to formally announce my intentions ..., ”
- Gore announced, his voice then trailing away as the orchestra cut him off. After accepting Best Documentary along with Davis Guggenheim, he finished his earlier "incomplete" speech that global warming is a moral issue.
- Sacha Baron Cohen was set to present an Academy Award. However, after learning that he could not present the award as his journalist character Borat Sagdiyev, Baron Cohen opted out. This may explain Jerry Seinfeld's surprise appearance. However, Baron Cohen did attend the ceremony as himself, opting only to take the stage if he and his team of writers won the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay (lost to William Monahan for The Departed).
- Jack Black and Will Ferrell opened with a musical number (written by Marc Shaiman, Judd Apatow and Adam McKay) where both actors sing about the lack of Oscar recognition for comedians and improvise by roasting on nominated actors:
- Black to Leonardo DiCaprio: "HEY, LEO! You think you can date supermodels and win awards? I'm gonna elbow you in the larynx!"
- Ferrell to Ryan Gosling: "Ryan Gosling... you're all hip and now. Well, I'm gonna break your hip... RIGHT NOW!"
- Black to Peter O'Toole: "Hey Peter O'Toole... you're all legendary and English. I don't care; I'm gonna beat you to down with my Nickelodeon Award!"
- Ferrell to Mark Wahlberg: "MARK WAHLBERG! WHERE ARE YOU? I won't mess with you. You're actually kinda badass. Once again, I hope we're cool. You are very talented."
- Black to Helen Mirren: "And Helen Mirren? You are just hot. What party are you going to?"
Eventually, John C. Reilly rose from his seat and told the two that instead of fighting, they should star in both comedic and dramatic roles, much like he did ("I chose to be in both Boogie and Talladega Nights"). Black and Ferrell realized that if they took Reilly's advice, "Helen Mirren and an Oscar will be coming home with me". When Reilly appeared, Ferrell nearly called him "Jack Black", stopping just before he finished the name.
- Intro by Errol Morris, in which nominees and other prominent Hollywood figures poke fun at themselves. Morris produced a similar montage at the 74th Academy Awards (also produced by Laura Ziskin) with the subject being the importance of film.
- The group Pilobolus formed a number of shapes in silhouette behind a white screen. First they formed the shape of an Oscar statuette, then logos for films such as Happy Feet, The Devil Wears Prada, Little Miss Sunshine, and Snakes On a Plane, where the "snakes" played around with DeGeneres. She stated that the members of the group backstage were naked, which may have been true as that is one of the trademarks of the dance group. The one time they appeared in front of the screen to be introduced, they were wearing loose wraps.
- Ellen was talking to audience members in between award presentations. She first talked with Martin Scorsese who was offered a faux script by Ellen that was a cross between Scorsese's Goodfellas and Big Momma's House (one of Ellen's favorite comedies) called Goodmommas and Scorsese joked along saying he was interested. She then spoke with Clint Eastwood who joked that he was jealous that she gave her faux script to Scorsese and not to him. Ellen then asked if he would be in a picture with her for her MySpace page (which can actually be seen there). She first gave her camera to Dina Ruiz, Eastwood's wife who was sitting next to him, but then saw Steven Spielberg and instead wanted him to take the picture. After Spielberg took the first picture, Ellen asked him to take another because it wasn't centered.
- During the foreign language films montage, two different sequences (from No Man's Land and Tsotsi) featuring characters doing a rude finger gesture were censored in the telecast.
- After five previous nominations, with no wins, Martin Scorsese finally won the Academy Award for Best Director. He jokingly retorted, "Could you double-check the envelope, please?"
- Scorsese's win was preceded by a short interlude by his fellow directors and friends Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Spielberg and Coppola, having won Oscars for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg) and The Godfather Part II (Coppola), remarked it is better to receive Oscars than to present them. A surprised Lucas, in a humorous protest, complained "Hey guys, I've never won an Academy Award." Both Coppola and Spielberg stared in silence for a few moments, until Spielberg jokingly asked, "So why are you here?" Lucas pointed out that he was nominated for Star Wars and American Graffiti, and stated that it's better to give than receive, to which Coppola and Spielberg both said in unison "No, it's not!".
- Jennifer Hudson's win was for her debut film performance. Many industry veterans said it triggered memories of Barbra Streisand winning an Oscar for her debut film, also a musical.
- For the first time since the 30s the majority of the best actor nominations were the only nomination. Only Blood Diamond was nominated for anything else.
- This also marked the first time since the first Oscars that none of the best actor nominations were nominated for best picture.
- The Departed was the first Best Picture winner since Annie Hall 29 years earlier to have just 5 nominations.
The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 39.92 million people over its length, which was a 2.5% increase from the previous year's ceremony. An estimated 76.72 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards. The show also drew higher Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony with 23.65% of households watching over a 35.86 share. In addition, the program scored a higher 18-49 demo rating with a 14.18 rating over a 33.59 share among viewers in that demographic.
In July 2007, the ceremony presentation received nine nominations at the 59th Primetime Emmys. Two moneths later, the ceremony won two of those nominations for Outstanding Art Direction (J. Michael Riva, Geoffrey Richman, and Tamlyn Wright) and Outstanding Music Direction (William Ross).
- 13th Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 27th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 49th Grammy Awards
- 59th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 60th British Academy Film Awards
- 61st Tony Awards
- 64th Golden Globe Awards
- List of Academy Awards ceremonies
- List of submissions to the 79th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
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