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Encyclopedia > 79th Academy Awards
79th Academy Awards
Date Sunday, February 25, 2007
Site Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California
Preshow Chris Connelly
Lisa Ling
Shaun Robinson
Allyson Waterman
Host Ellen DeGeneres
Producer Laura Ziskin
Director Louis J. Horvitz
Duration 3 hours, 51 minutes

The 79th Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the best in film for 2006, took place on February 25, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. Ellen DeGeneres hosted the ceremony for the first time.[1] This was the sixth time that the Kodak Theatre has hosted the ceremonies since its construction. It was also the 32nd time that the ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, which is under contract through 2014.[2] The producer was Laura Ziskin.[3] The announcers were Don LaFontaine and Gina Tuttle. Image File history File links 79aa_poster_domestic. ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chris Connelly is a contemporary musician who became famous for his industrial music work of the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly his many collaborations with the Ministry camp. ... Lisa Ling (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (born August 30, 1973 in Sacramento, California) is an American journalist, best known for her role as a co-host of ABCs The View, host of National Geographic Channels Explorer and special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show. ... Shaun Robinson Shaun Robinson (born 1962 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American journalist, and co-anchor and correspondent for the showAccess Hollywood, the daily entertainment news-magazine show. ... Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... Laura Ziskin is an American film producer. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Laura Ziskin is an American film producer. ... Don LaFontaine (born August 26, 1940 in Duluth, Minnesota) is a voice actor famous for recording over 5,000 movie trailers, television commercials, network promotions, and video game trailers. ... Gina Tuttle is an American actress and voice-over artist. ...


The nominees were announced on January 23 at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC) by Academy president Sid Ganis and actress Salma Hayek, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in the Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters. Bolstered by three nominations for Best Song, the musical Dreamgirls received eight nominations, becoming the first film ever to receive the most nominations without being nominated for Best Picture. Babel received the second highest number of nominations with seven. The nominees for the 79th Academy Awards were announced on January 23, 2007 by Academy president Sid Ganis and actress Salma Hayek, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in the Academys Beverly Hills headquarters. ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... PST is UTC-8, highlighted in red. ... Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precison atomic time standard. ... Sid Ganis is a jewish motion picture producer in the United_states who produced such films as Deuce_Bigalow, Big_Daddy_(movie), Mr. ... Salma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican actress, Daytime Emmy-winning director, and a film and television producer. ... // Samuel Goldwyn (July, 1879, Warsaw, Poland – January 31, 1974, Los Angeles, California, United States) was a widely known motion picture producer and founding contributor of several motion picture studios. ... Beverly Hills is a city in the western part of Los Angeles County, California. ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Dreamgirls is a 2006 Academy Award-winning American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ... Babel is a Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning 2006 film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. ...

Contents

Major winners

This is a breakdown of only major winners. For a complete list of nominees and winners, see: 79th Academy Awards nominees and winners The nominees for the 79th Academy Awards were announced on January 23, 2007 by Academy president Sid Ganis and actress Salma Hayek, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in the Academys Beverly Hills headquarters. ...


Feature films

Category Winner Producers/Country
Best picture The Departed Graham King
Best foreign language film The Lives of Others Flag of Germany Germany
Best documentary feature An Inconvenient Truth Davis Guggenheim
Best animated feature Happy Feet George Miller

// The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Departed is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin. ... Graham King (born 19 December 1961) is an English Academy Award-winning film producer. ... The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best film in a language other than English, released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ... The Lives of Others (original title in German: Das Leben der Anderen) is an Academy Award-winning German movie, marking the feature film debut of director/screenwriter Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The Academy Award for Documentary Feature is one of the most prestigious awards for documentary films. ... An Inconvenient Truth book cover An Inconvenient Truth is an Academy Award-winning documentary film about climate change, specifically global warming, directed by Davis Guggenheim and presented by former United States Vice President Al Gore. ... Davis Guggenheim (1964-) is an Academy Award-winning American film director and producer. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards given to achievements in film; the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was given the first time for the 2001 film year. ... Happy Feet is an Academy Award-winning Australian-produced computer-animated comedy-drama film, directed by George Miller. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ...

Acting

Category Winner Film
Best actor in a leading role Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland
Best actress in a leading role Helen Mirren The Queen
Best actor in a supporting role Alan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine
Best actress in a supporting role Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls

The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American Academy Award winning actor, producer, and director. ... The Last King of Scotland is an Academy Award-winning 2006 British film based on Giles Fodens award-winning debut novel of the same name. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses, working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Dame Helen Mirren DBE (born on July 26, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning English stage, television and film actress. ... The Queen is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Peter Morgan. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and director. ... Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy film about a dysfunctional familys road trip to a child beauty pageant. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981), is a Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA winning and Academy Award-nominated American actress and singer. ... Dreamgirls is a 2006 Academy Award-winning American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ...

Writing

Category Winner Film
Original screenplay Michael Arndt Little Miss Sunshine
Adapted screenplay William Monahan The Departed

// The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... Michael Arndt is an award-winning screenwriter best known for writing the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine. ... Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy film about a dysfunctional familys road trip to a child beauty pageant. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... William Monahan (born November 3, 1960, Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American screenwriter. ... The Departed is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin. ...

Directing

Category Winner Film
Academy Award for Directing Martin Scorsese The Departed

The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Directors Guild Of America award winner and critically acclaimed American film director. ... The Departed is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin. ...

Special honors

Category Winner
Academy Honorary Award Ennio Morricone
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Sherry Lansing

The Academy Honorary Award is given irregularly by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards. ... Ennio Morricone (born November 10, 1928; sometimes also credited as Dan Savio or Leo Nichols) is an Italian composer especially noted for his film scores. ... The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is awarded periodically at the Academy Award ceremonies for outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes. ... Sherry Lansing (born July 31, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois as Sherry Lee Heimann) is the former CEO of Paramount Studios and the first woman to head a major studio. ...

Films with multiple nominations

Eight
Seven
Six
Five
Four
Three
Two

Dreamgirls is a 2006 Academy Award-winning American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ... Babel is a Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning 2006 film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. ... Pans Labyrinth is a 2006 Academy Award-winning Spanish language film written and directed by Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro. ... The Queen is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Peter Morgan. ... Blood Diamond is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 film directed and produced by Edward Zwick. ... The Departed is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin. ... Letters from Iwo Jima (Japanese: 硫黄島からの手紙) a 2006 Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning war film starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya among others, and directed by Clint Eastwood, is about the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of Japanese soldiers. ... Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy film about a dysfunctional familys road trip to a child beauty pageant. ... Notes on a Scandal is a 2006 Academy Award-nominated film adapted from the 2003 novel Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller. ... Apocalypto is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 film directed by Mel Gibson. ... Children of Men is a 2006 Academy Award-nominated apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed and co-produced by Universal Pictures. ... Little Children is a 2006 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated drama film directed by Todd Field, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. ... An Inconvenient Truth book cover An Inconvenient Truth is an Academy Award-winning documentary film about climate change, specifically global warming, directed by Davis Guggenheim and presented by former United States Vice President Al Gore. ... Cars is an Academy Award, Kids Choice Award, BAFTA, and Saturn -nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. ... Flags of Our Fathers is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. ... The Devil Wears Prada is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 comedy-drama film, a loose screen adaptation of Lauren Weisbergers 2003 novel of the same name. ... The Prestige is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 period film directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from Christopher Priests award-winning 1995 novel of the same name. ... United 93 (formerly named Flight 93) is a 2006 Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning docudrama written and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11, 2001 attacks. ...

Films with multiple wins

Four
Three
Two

The Departed is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin. ... Pans Labyrinth is a 2006 Academy Award-winning Spanish language film written and directed by Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro. ... An Inconvenient Truth book cover An Inconvenient Truth is an Academy Award-winning documentary film about climate change, specifically global warming, directed by Davis Guggenheim and presented by former United States Vice President Al Gore. ... Dreamgirls is a 2006 Academy Award-winning American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ... Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy film about a dysfunctional familys road trip to a child beauty pageant. ...

Presenters and performers

Pilobolus is the name adopted by an internationally-renowned dance company, whose origins are traced to a 1971 Dartmouth College dance class taught by Alison Chase; the founding members were Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton, and Jonathan Wolken. ... John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American comedian, impressionist and actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ... John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Marc Shaiman (born October 22, 1959) is a composer, lyricist, arranger and performer for films, television and theatre. ... The Hollywood Film Chorale Sound Effects Choir, also popularly known as the Honda Choir, is an ensemble that can physically produce human sound effects without electronic means. ... Steve Sidwell is a conductor, composer, and instrumentalist specialising in swing music. ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Our Town is an Academy Award-nominated song used in the 2006 Pixar film Cars. ... Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas) is a Grammy- and Academy Award-winning American rock musician. ... I Need to Wake Up is an Academy Award-winning song written for the 2006 documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC OQ (born March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian Grammy and Juno award winning pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... Ennio Morricone (born November 10, 1928; sometimes also credited as Dan Savio or Leo Nichols) is an Italian composer especially noted for his film scores. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981), is a Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA winning and Academy Award-nominated American actress and singer. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, fashion designer and model. ... Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972 in Bloomfield, Connecticut) is a Tony Award winning American singer and actress. ... Keith Robinson is an American actor best known for his role in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue as Joel Rawlings. ... Love You I Do is an Academy Award-nominated song used in the 2006 film version of Dreamgirls. ... Listen is an Academy Award-nominated song performed by American R&B singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. ... Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ...

Voting trends

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. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


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 (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 band, see The Pursuit of Happiness. ... The Devil Wears Prada is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 comedy-drama film, a loose screen adaptation of Lauren Weisbergers 2003 novel of the same name. ... Dreamgirls is a 2006 Academy Award-winning American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ...


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). The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and territories and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... In budgeting a motion picture or television production, below-the-line costs include the salaries of the non-starring cast members and the technical crew, as well as use of the film studio and its technical equipment, travel, location, and catering costs, etc. ...


Peter O'Toole – who received his first nomination for Best Actor 44 years earlier – set a record for most years between nominations 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. Peter Seamus OToole (born Peter James OToole on August 2, 1932) is an eight-time Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was a four-time Academy Award-winning American star of film, television and stage, widely recognized for her sharp wit, New England gentility and fierce independence. ... Kevin OConnell (born circa 1957[1]) is a sound re-recording mixer. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ...


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 Queen 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. Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American Academy Award winning actor, producer, and director. ... Idi Amin Dada (c. ... Dame Helen Mirren DBE (born on July 26, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning English stage, television and film actress. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ...


Notable events

  • 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 has 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.[4]
  • 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, Cohen opted out.[5]
  • Jack Black and Will Ferrell opened with a musical number (composed by Marc Shaiman) 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'm gonna beat you to the ground 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, an Oscar and Helen Mirren "will come home with them". When Reilly appeared, Ferrell nearly called him "Jack Black," stopping just before he finished the name. Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The Vice President of the United States is the first in the presidential line of... Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. ... Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. ... Sacha Noam Baron Cohen[1] (born October 13, 1971) is an English comedian and actor most noted for his comic characters Borat (a Kazakh reporter), Ali G (a junglist from Staines, England) and Bruno (a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion reporter). ... Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat. ... Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ... John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American comedian, impressionist and actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... Marc Shaiman (born October 22, 1959) is a composer, lyricist, arranger and performer for films, television and theatre. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974[1]) is an 3-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor well known for his roles in blockbuster movies such as William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet (1996), Titanic (1997), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Gangs of New York... Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian actor from London, Ontario. ... Peter Seamus OToole (born Peter James OToole on August 2, 1932) is an eight-time Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and television producer, formerly known as rapper Marky Mark. ... Dame Helen Mirren DBE (born on July 26, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning English stage, television and film actress. ... John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Boogie Nights is a 1997 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby also known as High, Wide, and Handsome (2006) is a film comedy about NASCAR racing that is currently in production. ...

  • Intro by Errol Morris, in which nominees and other prominent Hollywood figures poke fun at themselves.
  • 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 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 been seen there). She first gave her camera to the woman sitting next to Eastwood, 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.
  • After five previous nominations, with no wins, Martin Scorsese finally won the Academy Award for Best Director.

Errol Morris Errol Morris (born February 5, 1948) is an American Academy Award winning documentary film director. ... Pilobolus is the name adopted by an internationally-renowned dance company, whose origins are traced to a 1971 Dartmouth College dance class taught by Alison Chase; the founding members were Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton, and Jonathan Wolken. ... Snakes on a Plane (also known as SoaP and released in Japan as Snake Flight (スネーク・フライト)) is a high concept,[1] horror-thriller feature film[2] starring Samuel L. Jackson. ... Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is a 1990 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. ... Big Mommas House (2000) is a comedy starring Martin Lawrence. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Directors Guild Of America award winner and critically acclaimed American film director. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ...

Mistakes

As sometimes happens with live (no-retake) shows, a few problems occurred.

  • A mistake was made early in on the show when the awards were presented for Best Adapted Screenplay to The Departed where the voice-over announcer (Gina Tuttle) incorrectly referred to it being based on a Japanese film (presumably it was incorrect in the text she was given to read). In fact, it was based on a Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs. However, Martin Scorsese correctly referred to the Hong Kong film in his acceptance speech for his win for Best Director. Yet, Scorsese mis-pronounced Infernal Affairs director Andrew Lau's last name as "Law".
  • While discussing the international diversity present in the nominated films' subjects, actors, directors and production teams, Ellen DeGeneres implied that Best Actress nominee Penélope Cruz was from Mexico, like Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo Arriaga, but later apologized and acknowledged that Cruz is from Spain, not Mexico.
  • Will Ferrell mistakenly started to introduce John C. Reilly as the already present Jack Black before correcting himself.
  • Clint Eastwood struggled with reading his introduction to Ennio Morricone. Just as the presentation was cutting to a collection of film clips of Morricone's work, Eastwood was heard to say, "I should have worn my glasses." Although the translation of Morricone's speech was available to Eastwood on the teleprompter, Eastwood took severe liberties with it.
  • In the introduction of the nominees for Best Director, Stephen Frears's last name was mispronounced by George Lucas as "Fears."
  • During Scorsese's speech after winning Best Director, the usual on-screen graphic that displays the winner's film and category was not shown.
  • Instead of reading who the winner was in the category of Best Animated Short, Jaden Smith prematurely began to read the cue for the next award, for Live Action Short, before co-presenter Abigail Breslin cut him off. Smith then ad-libbed a little joke about his mistake.
  • Jack Black referred to Peter O'Toole as 'English'. Although O'Toole speaks with an English accent, he is actually Irish. The mistake was in Marc Shaiman's original lyrics for the song, and may have been intentional.

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Ratings

The ceremony attracted 39.59 million viewers, slightly higher than last year's ceremony.[2]


Advertisers

At least two advertisers produced special commercials for the Oscar show

  • JCPenney's ad featured models in attire from their store enacting various scenes from movies including: Singin' in the Rain, Midnight Cowboy, Titanic, Say Anything and Mary Poppins.
  • Apple's ad featured clips from various films from several decades in which characters answered the phone and said "Hello" including: Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy; Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners; Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon; Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire; Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in Some Like It Hot; Betty Rubble in The Flintstones; Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future; Audrey Tautou as Amélie Poulain in Amélie; William H. Macy as Jerry Lundegard in Fargo; Cameron Diaz as Natalie Cook in Charlie's Angels; Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft in Shaft; John Travolta as Castor Troy in Face/Off; Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander in Zoolander; Michael Douglas as Andrew Shepherd in The American President; and Mr. Incredible in The Incredibles.
  • American Express featured Wes Anderson in a lengthy commercial depicting him at work.

American Express (NYSE: AXP), sometimes known as Amex, is a diversified global financial services company, headquartered in New York City. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

See also

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Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ... The following 63 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 79th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (released by the country of origin between October 1, 2005 - September 30, 2006, ceremony February 2007). ... The nominees for the 79th Academy Awards were announced on January 23, 2007 by Academy president Sid Ganis and actress Salma Hayek, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in the Academys Beverly Hills headquarters. ... The 27th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, are scheduled to be held at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood on February 24, 2007 to recognize the worst the movie industry had to offer in 2006. ...

References

  1. ^ "Ellen DeGeneres to Host 79th Academy Awards® Presentation", Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2006-09-07. Retrieved on 2007-01-12.
  2. ^ "ABC and Academy Extend Oscar® Telecast Agreement", Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2005-02-07. Retrieved on 2007-01-12.
  3. ^ "Laura Ziskin Returns As Telecast Producer for 79th Academy Awards", Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2006-07-21. Retrieved on 2007-01-12.
  4. ^ Yahoo.com. Violent thriller "Departed" blows away Oscars competition (Yahoo! News with Reuters). Accessed Febraury 26, 2007.
  5. ^ IMDb.com, IMDb's News archives., accessed February 26, 2007.

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External links

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  • Academy 2007 press releases (includes all official presenter & performer announcements)
  • List of eligible films
  • The Envelope.com with contributions by Paul Sheehan
  • Name Pronunciation Guide to the 79th Academy Award Nominees
  • Audio Clips for the 79th Academy Award narrated by award winning radio journalist Lori Lerner.

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