2005 Oscars 77th Academy Awards

2005 Oscars 77th Academy Awards

  • Winners Announced: February 27, 2005
  • Held at: Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California
  • Host: Chris Rock
  • Eligibility Year: 2004

Trivia and Unforgettable Moments

  • Million Dollar Baby stole the spotlight, winning Best Picture, Best Director for Clint Eastwood, Best Actress for Hilary Swank, and Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman.
    “I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen.” – Hilary Swank, Best Actress
    “There are a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven’t. You just do the best you can.” – Clint Eastwood, Best Director
  • Jamie Foxx clinched Best Actor for his role in Ray, a biopic on Ray Charles. This award came in the same year Ray Charles was posthumously honored at the Grammys.
  • Cate Blanchett won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, making her the first actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor.
    “I don’t have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this. You’d be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees – I think a lot of it’s imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?” – Cate Blanchett, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, The Aviator
  • Martin Scorsese was nominated for Best Director for The Aviator but lost to Clint Eastwood, adding another chapter to his long history of Oscar snubs.
  • The Incredibles snagged the Best Animated Feature award, beating out Shrek 2 and Shark Tale.
  • The Best Original Song went to Al Otro Lado del Río from The Motorcycle Diaries, making it the first song in Spanish to win in this category.
  • Adam Elliot’s Harvie Krumpet won for Best Animated Short Film, which follows the story of a man named Harvie, who has various unfortunate events happen to him throughout his life.
  • The documentary Born into Brothels, about children living in the red-light district of Calcutta, India, won Best Documentary Feature.
  • Thomas Newman, nominated for his score for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, did not win, continuing his streak as one of the most-nominated composers without a win.

2005 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Best Picture:
Million Dollar Baby – Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy and Tom Rosenberg, producers (WINNER)
The Aviator – Michael Mann and Graham King, producers
Finding Neverland – Richard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower, producers
Ray – Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin and Howard Baldwin, producers
Sideways – Michael London, producer
Best Director:
Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby (WINNER)
Martin Scorsese – The Aviator
Taylor Hackford – Ray
Alexander Payne – Sideways
Mike Leigh – Vera Drake
Best Actor:
Jamie Foxx – Ray as Ray Charles (WINNER)
Don Cheadle – Hotel Rwanda as Paul Rusesabagina
Johnny Depp – Finding Neverland as J. M. Barrie
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Aviator as Howard Hughes
Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby as Frankie Dunn
Best Actress:
Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby as Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald (WINNER)
Annette Bening – Being Julia as Julia Lambert
Catalina Sandino Moreno – Maria Full of Grace as María Álvarez
Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake as Vera Rose Drake
Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as Clementine Kruczynski
Best Supporting Actor:
Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby as Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris (WINNER)
Alan Alda – The Aviator as Owen Brewster
Thomas Haden Church – Sideways as Jack Cole
Jamie Foxx – Collateral as Max Durocher
Clive Owen – Closer as Larry Gray
Best Supporting Actress:
Cate Blanchett – The Aviator as Katharine Hepburn (WINNER)
Laura Linney – Kinsey as Clara McMillen
Virginia Madsen – Sideways as Maya Randall
Sophie Okonedo – Hotel Rwanda as Tatiana Rusesabagina
Natalie Portman – Closer as Alice Ayres/Jane Jones
Best Original Screenplay:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth (WINNER)
The Aviator – John Logan
Hotel Rwanda – Terry George and Keir Pearson
The Incredibles – Brad Bird
Vera Drake – Mike Leigh
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Sideways – Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor based on the novel by Rex Pickett (WINNER)
Before Sunset – Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Kim Krizan based on characters created by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan for the film Before Sunrise
Finding Neverland – David Magee based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee
Million Dollar Baby – Paul Haggis based on stories from Rope Burns by F.X. Toole
The Motorcycle Diaries – José Rivera based on the books Con el Che por America Latina by Alberto Granado and The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Best Animated Feature Film:
The Incredibles – Brad Bird (WINNER)
Shark Tale – Bill Damaschke
Shrek 2 – Andrew Adamson
Best Foreign Language Film:
The Sea Inside (Spain) in Spanish, Catalan and Galician – Alejandro Amenábar (WINNER)
As It Is in Heaven (Sweden) in Swedish – Kay Pollak
The Chorus (France) in French – Christophe Barratier
Downfall (Germany) in German – Oliver Hirschbiegel
Yesterday (South Africa) in Zulu – Darrell Roodt
Best Documentary – Feature:
Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids – Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski (WINNER)
The Story of the Weeping Camel – Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa
Super Size Me – Morgan Spurlock
Tupac: Resurrection – Lauren Lazin and Karolyn Ali
Twist of Faith – Kirby Dick and Eddie Schmidt
Best Documentary – Short:
Mighty Times: The Children’s March – Robert Hudson and Robert Houston (WINNER)
Autism Is a World – Gerardine Wurzburg
The Children of Leningradsky – Hanna Polak and Andrzej Celinski
Hardwood – Hubert Davis and Erin Faith Young
Sister Rose’s Passion – Oren Jacoby and Steve Kalafer
Best Live Action Short Film:
Wasp – Andrea Arnold (WINNER)
7:35 in the Morning – Nacho Vigalondo
Everything in This Country Must – Gary McKendry
Little Terrorist – Ashvin Kumar
Two Cars, One Night – Taika Waititi and Ainsley Gardiner
Best Animated Short Film:
Ryan – Chris Landreth (WINNER)
Birthday Boy – Sejong Park and Andrew Gregory
Gopher Broke – Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller
Guard Dog – Bill Plympton
Lorenzo – Mike Gabriel and Baker Bloodworth
Best Original Score:
Finding Neverland – Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (WINNER)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – John Williams
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – Thomas Newman
The Passion of the Christ – John Debney
The Village – James Newton Howard
Best Original Song:
“Al otro lado del río” from The Motorcycle Diaries – Music and Lyrics by Jorge Drexler (WINNER)
“Accidentally in Love” from Shrek 2 – Music by Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, Jim Bogios, David Immerglück, Matt Malley and David Bryson; Lyrics by Adam Duritz and Dan Vickrey
“Believe” from The Polar Express – Music and Lyrics by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
“Learn to Be Lonely” from The Phantom of the Opera – Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Charles Hart
“Look to Your Path” from The Chorus – Music by Bruno Coulais; Lyrics by Christophe Barratier
Best Sound Editing:
The Incredibles – Michael Silvers and Randy Thom (WINNER)
The Polar Express – Randy Thom and Dennis Leonard
Spider-Man 2 – Paul N. J. Ottosson
Best Sound Mixing:
Ray – Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer and Steve Cantamessa (WINNER)
The Aviator – Tom Fleischman and Petur Hliddal
The Incredibles – Randy Thom, Gary Rizzo and Doc Kane
The Polar Express – Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis S. Sands and William B. Kaplan
Spider-Man 2 – Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Joseph Geisinger
Best Art Direction:
The Aviator – Art Direction: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo (WINNER)
Finding Neverland – Art Direction: Gemma Jackson; Set Decoration: Trisha Edwards
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – Art Direction: Rick Heinrichs; Set Decoration: Cheryl Carasik
The Phantom of the Opera – Art Direction: Anthony Pratt; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
A Very Long Engagement – Art Direction and Set Decoration: Aline Bonetto
Best Cinematography:
The Aviator – Robert Richardson (WINNER)
House of Flying Daggers – Zhao Xiaoding
The Passion of the Christ – Caleb Deschanel
The Phantom of the Opera – John Mathieson
A Very Long Engagement – Bruno Delbonnel
Best Makeup:
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – Valli O’Reilly and Bill Corso (WINNER)
The Passion of the Christ – Keith VanderLaan and Christien Tinsley
The Sea Inside – Jo Allen and Manolo García
Best Costume Design:
The Aviator – Sandy Powell (WINNER)
Finding Neverland – Alexandra Byrne
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – Colleen Atwood
Ray – Sharen Davis
Troy – Bob Ringwood
Best Film Editing:
The Aviator – Thelma Schoonmaker (WINNER)
Collateral – Jim Miller and Paul Rubell
Finding Neverland – Matt Chessé
Million Dollar Baby – Joel Cox
Ray – Paul Hirsch
Best Visual Effects:
Spider-Man 2 – John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara and John Frazier (WINNER)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Roger Guyett, Tim Burke, John Richardson and Bill George
I, Robot – John Nelson, Andrew R. Jones, Erik Nash and Joe Letteri
Academy Honorary Award
Sidney Lumet — In recognition of his brilliant services to screenwriters, performers and the art of the motion picture.
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
Roger Mayer