The 80th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture
    “No Country for Old Men”
    Best Actor
    Daniel Day Lewis - “There Will Be Blood”
    Best Actress
    Marion Cotillard - “La Vie en Rose”

    Complete list of winners

  • Host

    Jon Stewart hosted the Academy Awards for the second time.

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  • Presenters & Performers

    George Clooney, Anne Hathaway, Steve Carrell and last year’ Best Director winner Martin Scorsese were among the presenters at the 80th Academy Awards. Amy Adams and Kristin Chenoweth also performed original songs from “Enchanted.”

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  • Governors Ball

    Immediately following the telecast of the 80th Academy Awards, Oscar winners, nominees, telecast participants and Academy guests attended the Governors Ball to celebrate the film achievements of 2007.

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  • Before the Big Night

    Meet the Oscars

    Meet the Oscars

    A steady stream of visitors from around the globe poured into the 2008 “Meet the Oscars” exhibition at the Hollywood & Highland Center®. The free exhibition ran from February 1–23 and featured 50 Oscar statuettes – and not just any statuettes, but the ones slated for presentation at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony. Other highlights included a red-carpet experience complete with (videotaped) screaming fans, and the chance to hold an Oscar statuette. Visitors could also test their knowledge of Oscar facts and register their predictions for the 80th Awards at interactive kiosks.

    Two statuettes from the very first Academy Awards were on display, as was the miniature Oscar given to Judy Garland at the 12th Academy Awards for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile. The exhibition also included samples of the work of this year’s Honorary Award recipient, production designer Robert Boyle, and a display honoring the past Student Academy Award winners who were nominated for Oscars this year.

    In New York, another “Meet the Oscars” exhibition was on display at Times Square Studios from February 15–23. It featured 50 new Oscar statuettes along with Oscars won by Gary Cooper (Best Actor, “Sergeant York,” 1941) and Thelma Schoonmaker (Film Editing, “The Departed,” 2006).

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    Parade of the Oscars

    Parade of the Oscars

    Holding onto dreams of future Oscar glory, 50 students from Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF), a training and film industry job development program, carried the Oscar statuettes for the 80th Academy Awards down the red carpet and into the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on Saturday, February 23, at 10 a.m.

    The statuettes, which were on display at the “Meet the Oscars” exhibition since February 1, were transported to the red carpet, along Hollywood Boulevard where they were placed in the hands of the ICF students – the industry’s future animators, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, editors, sound editors, screenwriters and visual effects specialists – who then carried them down the red carpet.

    Once inside the Kodak Theatre, the Oscar statuettes were kept backstage, under close watch, until they were presented to the winners during the 80th Academy Awards ceremony.

    Established by filmmakers Fred Heinrich and Stephania Lipner following the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, ICF reaches out to socially and economically underprivileged youth by creating awareness about and providing access to the professional world of filmmaking. The organization provides free year-round professional and business training, mentors, and paid work opportunities to young adults (ages 17 to 22) who aspire to careers in the entertainment industry.

    ICF has successfully matched graduates with more than 500 behind-the-scenes industry job opportunities. For more information on ICF, visit www.innercityfilmmakers.com.

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    A Celebration of Oscar Fashion

    Oscar Fashion Show

    The latest fashions from the biggest names in couture hit the runway at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 80th Annual Academy Awards Fashion Preview. Oscar fashion coordinator Patty Fox focused the spotlight on stars whose own sense of personal style have earned them iconic standing in the fashion world.

    “We’re showcasing actresses who have developed their personal style into fashion statements that fans look forward to seeing on Oscar Night,” said Fox. “Oscar's red carpet has become the largest fashion show in the world and over the years several actresses have emerged as style icons in their own right. Essentially, these actresses have become collaborative partners and creative muses to top designers.”

    The preview highlighted such collaborations with Giorgio Armani and Valentino, as well as showcased some of the hottest and most promising designers currently on the fashion scene.

    Fox, author of the fashion books “Star Style” and “Star Style at the Academy Awards,” recently visited the top New York design showrooms and selected gowns from some of the biggest names in fashion to feature in the preview. Alexis Edwards models a Zahair Murad gown with jewelry by Cartier.

    Designers included in the preview were Oscar De La Renta, Randolph Duke, Kevan Hall, Lloyd Klein, Marchesa, Isaac Mizrahi, Pamella Roland, Elie Saab and Angel Sanchez.

    A team of expert hair stylists and make-up artists from Roy Teeluck Salon prepared the models for their high-fashion stroll down the runway constructed for this occasion.

    Diamonds courtesy of Cartier, Diamond in the Rough, Martin Katz, Neil Lane, H. Stern and Van Cleef & Arpels provided the finishing touches to the glamour of the preview.

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    Oscar Night America

    On February 24, thousands of people in 52 cities – from Boston to Austin and from Louisville to Las Vegas – experienced the magic of Oscar Night while supporting their favorite charity.

    “Oscar Night America” (ONA) is a nationwide program created by the Academy in 1994. It allows nonprofit organizations to raise money by hosting officially sanctioned Oscar show viewing parties. Along with ABC's live telecast of the Awards presentation, the events feature red carpets, local celebrities, press interviews and other fanfare. The Academy supplies each organization with the same printed Oscar Night programs as those handed out at the actual ceremony in the Kodak Theatre, annual Academy Awards commemorative posters, and other materials.

    Charities hosting ONA events in 2008 included the Utah AIDS Foundation, the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Midlands Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in Omaha, Springfield (Missouri) Landmarks Preservation Trust, Special Olympics Texas, the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation in Seattle, and many others. A complete list of participating organizations is available at www.oscars.org/ona.

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    Foreign Language Film Symposium

    Foreign Language Film Symposium

    Once again, a capacity crowd filled the Samuel Goldwyn Theater for the annual Foreign Language Film Award Nominees Symposium, held the day before the Oscar telecast. Attendees gave a warm welcome to filmmakers from Austria, Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland and Russia, representing all five of the 2007 nominated films. During the two-hour event, Oscar-winning producer and Foreign Language Film Award Committee chair Mark Johnson moderated an onstage discussion with the directors of each of the nominated films, and the audience was able to submit written questions to the panel participants.

    In the week leading up to the awards presentation, the directors of the nominated films participated in other public and press events in Los Angeles, and for the first time all five of the nominated films screened in Washington, D.C. through a collaboration between the Academy and the National Geographic All Roads Film Project.

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    Makeup Symposium

    Makeup Symposium

    Hundreds of attendees had the chance to meet the 2007 nominees in the Makeup category, see examples of their outstanding work, and learn more about their creative processes and techniques.

    This was the second year the Academy presented the Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Symposium, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater the day before the Awards presentation.

    Makeup Branch governor Leonard Engelman hosted the program, which featured a panel discussion with the nominees, film clips showcasing each achievement, and an opportunity for questions from the audience.

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    “Shorts!”

    Film buffs on both coasts were in short-film heaven when all 10 of the 2007 Oscar-nominated short films screened in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.

    The Los Angeles “Shorts!” program included onstage discussions with the nominated filmmakers, moderated by Academy Award– winning writer-producer-director and Academy governor Curtis Hanson. In New York City, Robert Osborne hosted the Academy's fifth annual “Shorts!” program, held at the New York Directors Guild Theater. And in Washington, D.C., the Academy and the National Archives and Records Administration hosted free screenings not only of the nominees in both short-film categories, but also the nominated films in the documentary categories.

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    Nominees Luncheon

    Nominees Luncheon

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    Spirits soared as nearly 120 Oscar hopefuls gathered for the annual Nominees Luncheon, held February 4 at the Beverly Hilton. The nominees exchanged congratulations in a relaxed and casual setting, posed for photos, and received their official certificates of nomination from Academy President Sid Ganis.

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