The 77th Annual Academy Awards

The 77th Annual Academy Awards

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The 77th Annual Academy Awards

The 77th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), took place on February 27, 2005, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as the Oscars) in 24 categories honoring films released in 2004. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and was directed by Louis J. Horvitz. Actor Chris Rock hosted the show for the first time. Two weeks earlier in a ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, California held on February 12, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Scarlett Johansson.

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Chris Rock: If our next presenter isn't dazzling us with his acting abilities, he's boring us to death with his politics. Please welcome Tim Robbins.
  • Antonio Banderas performed (along with Carlos Santana) the theme song from The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) instead of singer/composer Jorge Drexler who performed in the movie but wasn't chosen by the Academy for the live show because he wasn't famous. Drexler eventually won the Oscar and instead of making a speech thanking everybody, he just kept singing the chorus of the song in the way it was supposed to be performed.
  • Each of the 5 Best Picture nominees share a common themes of ambition and success: Million Dollar Baby (2004) (Maggie and boxing); The Aviator (2004) (Howard Hughes and film-making/engineering); Finding Neverland (2004) (J.M. Barrie and writing); Ray (2004) (Ray Charles and music). Sideways (2004) (Miles & Jack and resolving a mid-life crisis)
  • Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominee Jan Sterling, who has died in 2004, was not shown during the "In Memoriam" segment. Many viewers of the show were flabbergasted and shocked.
  • David Spade did uncredited writing work on Chris Rock's comedy material.
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was invited to the awards to be a presenter, but was unable to attend because she was filming for Mistress of Spices.

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