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The 77th Academy Awards (2005)

Held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland on Sunday, February 27, 2005,
honoring movies released in 2004.

Clint Eastwood, Best Director and a producer of  the Best Picture winner “Million Dollar Baby,” with Best Actress winner Hilary  Swank in a scene from the movie.

Clint Eastwood, Best Director and a producer of the Best Picture winner “Million Dollar Baby,” with Best Actress winner Hilary Swank in a scene from the movie.

Best Picture

Million Dollar Baby Full Image

"Million Dollar Baby"

Warner Bros. Pictures Production; Warner Bros.

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actress Cate Blanchett ("The Aviator"). Full Image

Cate Blanchett

Best Supporting Actress Cate Blanchett ("The Aviator").

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"). Full Image

Morgan Freeman

Best Supporting Actor Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby").

The Year

  • Jamie Foxx
  • Hilary Swank
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Best Picture: “Million Dollar Baby”
    • “Million Dollar Baby” also won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Hilary Swank), Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman), and Directing (Clint Eastwood). (View Image)
  • At age 74, Clint Eastwood became the oldest winner to date in the Directing category.
  • Martin Scorsese was nominated for directing “The Aviator.” He became one of only five directors in history to have earned five nominations in the category without a win. The others were Robert Altman, Clarence Brown, Alfred Hitchcock, and King Vidor.
  • “The Incredibles” was named Best Animated Feature Film.
  • Chris Rock was the host.
  • On March 11, 2004, ten bombs planted by Islamic terrorists exploded on four trains in the Madrid area during morning rush hour, killing almost 200 people and injuring more than 1,800 others.
  • In April 2004, the National World War II Memorial opened in Washington, D.C.
  • On April 11, 2004, Phil Mickelson won the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, his first major championship in nearly 12 years as a professional golfer.
  • In April 2004, America’s oldest automotive brand, the Oldsmobile, ended production in Lansing, Michigan, 106 years after the company was founded there by Ransom E. Olds.
  • On May 6, 2004, an estimated 52.5 million people tuned in for the last original episode of NBC’s long-running comedy series “Friends,” making it the fourth largest audience ever for a series finale.
  • On May 18, 2004, 40-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks lefthander Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league baseball history to throw a perfect game. The five-time Cy Young award winner triumphed over 27 batters to achieve the 17th perfect game in baseball history.
  • In May 2004, Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the first nonfiction film to take the festival’s top award since “The Silent World,” co-directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle, in 1956.
  • On June 1, 2004, opening arguments began in the trial of Scott Peterson, who was accused of murdering his wife Laci and the couple’s unborn son. Peterson was convicted of two counts of murder in November 2004.
  • On June 5, 2004, former President Ronald Reagan died at the age of 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
  • In August 2004, American swimmer Michael Phelps won his eighth medal (six gold and two bronze) at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, tying him with Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin for the most medals ever won at a single Olympic Games.
  • On October 27, 2004, the so-called “Curse of the Bambino” was broken when the Boston Red Sox, who had not won a World Series since 1918, triumphed over the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-game sweep to capture the coveted championship.
  • On November 30, 2004, “Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings, who excelled after the show dropped its requirement that champions retire after five wins, finally lost after a streak of 74 straight games and 2,700 correct answers. “KenJen” won more than $2.5 million, establishing new records for earnings on a U.S. game show and the length of time played.
  • In December 2004, a 9.3 earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, causing waves up to 80 feet tall to batter countries along the Indian Ocean and as far away as Somalia. The quake, the second strongest ever recorded, killed approximately 230,000 people and made a million more homeless.
  • On December 26, 2004, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning completed his 49th touchdown pass of the season, leading his team to a 34-31 victory over the San Diego Chargers and breaking Dan Marino’s single-season touchdown pass record.

Honorary Award

To Sidney Lumet in recognition of his brilliant services to screenwriters, performers and the art of the motion picture.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

To Roger Mayer.

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