77th Academy Awards
77th Academy Awards poster
Date Sunday, February 27, 2005
Site Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California
Host Chris Rock
Best Picture Million Dollar Baby
Most wins The Aviator (5)
Most nominations The Aviator (11)
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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 Finding Neverland and Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby each had seven nominations. Ray and Sideways rounded out the nominees for Best Picture.

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. With The Aviator winning 5 Oscars, this was the last Oscar ceremony (as of the present date) 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, Episode IV: A New Hope), depending on whether one counts the Special Achievement Award that Raiders received for its sound effects editing as a true win.

As of 2011 this is the last time that the winner for Best Picture took home Best Actress as well.

Best Actor

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Jamie Foxx for Ray
Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp for Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Aviator
Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby

Best Supporting Actor

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Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby
Alan Alda for The Aviator
Thomas Haden Church for Sideways
Jamie Foxx for Collateral
Clive Owen for Closer

Best Actress

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Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby
Annette Bening for Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno for Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake
Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Best Supporting Actress

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Cate Blanchett for The Aviator
Laura Linney for Kinsey
Virginia Madsen for Sideways
Sophie Okonedo for Hotel Rwanda
Natalie Portman for Closer

Best Animated Feature

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The IncrediblesBrad Bird
Shark TaleBill Damaschke
Shrek 2Andrew Adamson

Best Art Direction

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The AviatorDante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
Finding NeverlandGemma Jackson, Trisha Edwards
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsRick Heinrichs, Cheryl Carasik
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)Anthony Pratt, Celia Bobak
A Very Long EngagementAline Bonetto

Best Cinematography

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The AviatorRobert Richardson
House of Flying DaggersZhao Xiaoding
The Passion of the ChristCaleb Deschanel
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)John Mathieson
A Very Long EngagementBruno Delbonnel

Best Costume Design

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The AviatorSandy Powell
Finding NeverlandAlexandra Byrne
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsColleen Atwood
RaySharen Davis
TroyBob Ringwood

Best Director

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Million Dollar BabyClint Eastwood
The AviatorMartin Scorsese
RayTaylor Hackford
SidewaysAlexander Payne
Vera DrakeMike Leigh

Best Documentary Feature

See also: Best Documentary Feature

Born into BrothelsRoss Kauffman, Zana Briski
The Story of the Weeping CamelLuigi Falorni, Byambasuren Davaa
Super Size MeMorgan Spurlock
Tupac: ResurrectionLauren Lazin, Karolyn Ali
Twist of FaithKirby Dick, Eddie Schmidt

Best Documentary Short

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Mighty Times: The Children's MarchRobert Hudson, Bobby Houston
Autism Is a WorldGerardine Wurzburg
The Children of LeningradskyHanna Polak, Andrzej Celinski
HardwoodHubert Davis, Erin Faith Young
Sister Rose's PassionOren Jacoby, Steve Kalafer

Best Film Editing

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The AviatorThelma Schoonmaker
CollateralJim Miller, Paul Rubell
Finding NeverlandMatt Chesse
Million Dollar BabyJoel Cox
RayPaul Hirsch

Best Foreign Language Film

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The Sea Inside from SpainAlejandro Amenábar
As It Is in Heaven from SwedenKay Pollak
The Chorus (Les Choristes) from FranceChristophe Barratier
Downfall from GermanyOliver Hirschbiegel
Yesterday from South AfricaDarrell Roodt

Best Makeup

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsValli O'Reilly, Bill Corso
The Passion of the ChristKeith Vanderlaan, Christien Tinsley
The Sea InsideJo Allen, Manuel Garcia

Best Original Score

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Finding NeverlandJan A.P. Kaczmarek
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJohn Williams
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsThomas Newman
The Passion of the ChristJohn Debney
The Village (2004)James Newton Howard

Best Original Song

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"Al Otro Lado Del Río" from The Motorcycle DiariesJorge Drexler
"Accidentally in Love" from Shrek 2Counting Crows (Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham, Jim Bogios, David Immergluck, Matthew Malley, David Bryson, Daniel Vickrey)
"Believe" from The Polar ExpressGlen Ballard, Alan Silvestri
"Learn to be Lonely" from The Phantom of the Opera (2004)Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart
"Look To Your Path" from The Chorus (Les Choristes)Bruno Coulais, Christophe Barratier

Best Picture

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Million Dollar BabyClint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg
The AviatorMichael Mann, Graham King
Finding NeverlandRichard N. Gladstein, Nellie Bellflower
RayTaylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, Howard Baldwin
SidewaysMichael London

Best Animated Short Film

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RyanChris Landreth
Birthday BoySejong Park, Andrew Gregory
Gopher BrokeJeff Fowler, Tim Miller
Guard DogBill Plympton
LorenzoMike Gabriel, Baker Bloodworth

Best Live Action Short Film

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WaspAndrea Arnold
Everything in This Country MustGary McKendry
Little TerroristAshvin Kumar
7:35 in the Morning (7:35 de la Mañana)Nacho Vigalondo
Two Cars, One NightTaika Waititi, Ainsley Gardiner

Best Sound Editing

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The IncrediblesMichael Silvers, Randy Thom
The Polar ExpressRandy Thom, Dennis Leonard
Spider-Man 2Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Sound Mixing

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RayScott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer, Steve Cantamessa
The AviatorTom Fleischman, Petur Hliddal
The IncrediblesRandy Thom, Gary A. Rizzo, Doc Kane
The Polar ExpressRandy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis Sands, William B. Kaplan
Spider-Man 2Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Joseph Geisinger

Best Visual Effects

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Spider-Man 2John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanRoger Guyett, Tim Burke, John Richardson, Bill George
I, RobotJohn Nelson, Andrew R. Jones, Erik Nash, Joe Letteri

Best Adapted Screenplay

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SidewaysAlexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Before SunsetRichard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan
Finding NeverlandDavid Magee
Million Dollar BabyPaul Haggis
The Motorcycle DiariesJosé Rivera

Best Original Screenplay

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindCharlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
The AviatorJohn Logan
Hotel RwandaKeir Pearson, Terry George
The IncrediblesBrad Bird
Vera DrakeMike Leigh