The 80th Academy Awards (2008)
Held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, February 24, 2008,
honoring movies released in 2007.
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), Best Actress Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") and Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men").
Best PictureFull Image
"No Country for Old Men"
Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production; Miramax and Paramount Vantage.
Best Documentary FeatureFull Image
Eva Orner and Alex Gibney
Best Documentary Feature winners Eva Orner and Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side").
Best Documentary Short SubjectFull Image
Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth
Best Documentary Short Subject winners Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth ("Freeheld").
- Best Picture: “No Country for Old Men”
- “No Country for Old Men” also won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Directing (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen), and Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen).
- A 100-day, industry-wide Writers Guild of America strike was resolved 12 days before the Academy Awards ceremony was scheduled to take place, allowing the show to proceed as planned.
- Jon Stewart was the host.
- For the first time since 1964, all of the acting winners were non-Americans. Great Britain’s Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for “There Will Be Blood” and Tilda Swinton was named Best Supporting Actress for “Michael Clayton.” France’s Marion Cotillard received Best Actress honors for “La Vie en Rose” and Spain’s Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for “No Country for Old Men.” Marion Cotillard’s victory made her only the third performer in a foreign language film to win one of the Academy’s acting prizes, following Sophia Loren in 1961’s “Two Women” and Roberto Benigni in 1998’s “Life Is Beautiful.”
- Joel and Ethan Coen won for their direction of “No Country for Old Men.” It was only the second time in Oscar history that two individuals shared the directing honor (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins were the first, winning for 1961’s “West Side Story”).
- On April 16, 2007, student Seung-Hui Cho shot to death 32 other students and faculty members on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and then killed himself in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history.
- In July 2007, the seventh and final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released and sold 8.3 million copies in the U.S. alone within the first 24 hours.
- In April 2007, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted by the federal government in connection with a dog-fighting operation that was headquartered on property he owned in Surry County, Virginia. After Vick admitted his guilt in financing the operation and being complicit in the killings of several of the dogs, he was sentenced to 23 months in prison. The majority of the more than 50 dogs seized from Vick’s kennel as evidence were rehabilitated and adopted.
- On August 1, 2007, the I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis suddenly collapsed during evening rush hour, plunging dozens of cars and their occupants into the river.
- On August 7, 2007, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 756th home run to take over the Major League Baseball record of most career home runs from Hank Aaron, who had held the record since 1974.
- In October 2007, comedian and actor Drew Carey became the host of “The Price Is Right,” the longest-running daytime game show in television history. Carey replaced Bob Barker, who retired at the age of 83 after hosting the show for 35 years.
- In October 2007, track-and-field star Marion Jones surrendered the five medals she won at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, after admitting she had used performance-enhancing drugs.
- In November 2007, the Writers Guild of America strike began as last-minute negotiations between screenwriters and producers to avert a walkout failed. More than 12,000 movie and television writers represented by the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East began the first industry-wide strike since writers walked out in 1988.