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79th Annual Academy Award® Winners

Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2007 6:27 PM by Scott Jentsch

Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 25, 2007.The 79th Annual Academy Awards were presented last night, Sunday, February 25, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre and televised live on ABC. The event was hosted this year by Ellen Degeneres. Clocking in at 3 hours and 40 minutes or so, the Oscars presentation upheld its tradition of overstaying its welcome.

The opening sequence featuring various nominees in a pseudo-interview for what I've seen referred to as an extended Gap commercial was overly long and only contained a few entertaining pieces (like how many times some of the people had been nominated without a win and Leonardo DiCaprio being asked how many times he's died in movies). Degeneres' monologue should have been truncated to set the proper pace for the rest of the evening.

Perhaps the Academy needs to hire Thelma Schoonmaker, who won the award for Editing for The Departed, to trim the fat from the proceedings.

While I didn't mind the silhouette dancers forming shapes associated with the various movies, the special effects chorus was unnecessary and the montage honoring Ennio Morricone (composer for such movies as "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) was very long considering that Clint Eastwood had to interpret Morricone's thank you speech.

Giving the honorees a countdown clock with a hard cutoff of the microphone would send the message that thank you speeches need to be brief and to the point. A possible exception might be for the winner of Best Motion Picture, since it's the final award and the most widely followed one.

Maybe they could do for the winners like they do on the "Wheel of Fortune" TV show (where they automatically give the contestant the most common letters that everyone chose) and subtitle the winner's family and friends and agents and gardeners' names while they're walking up to the microphone. Each nominee would have to submit no more than 10 names that would be shown on the subtitles. Then, in their speech, they are not allowed to mention anyone by name, company, or profession so as not to offend anyone that might not be included. That change alone would cut a lot of time from the presentation.

Best Director Martin Scorcese at the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 25, 2007.Below are two lists of the winners and nominees. The first is grouped by movie, so you can see which movies won an Academy Award. The second is grouped by award category, so that you can view the list of nominees that were vying for each award, and which won that award.

Many of these movies are still in theaters, or will be making a return visit as a result of winning an Oscar, so it's not too late to see them for yourself! Click on the movie title to view the information and showtimes (if available) for each movie, or you can check out our new Academy Award® Winners and Nominees page in Now Showing.

Academy Award Winners

Babel* Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
The Departed* Achievement in Directing
* Achievement in Film Editing
* Best Motion Picture of the Year
* Adapted Screenplay
Dreamgirls* Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
* Achievement in Sound Mixing
Happy Feet* Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
An Inconvenient Truth* Best Documentary Feature
* Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
The Last King of Scotland* Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Letters From Iwo Jima* Achievement in Sound Editing
Little Miss Sunshine* Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
* Original Screenplay
The Lives of Others* Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Marie Antoinette* Achievement in Costume Design
Pan's Labyrinth* Achievement in Art Direction
* Achievement in Cinematography
* Achievement in Makeup
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest* Achievement in Visual Effects
The Queen* Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Nominations by Category

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Winner - Forest Whitaker - THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Leonardo DiCaprio - BLOOD DIAMOND
Ryan Gosling - HALF NELSON
Peter O'Toole - VENUS
Will Smith - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Winner - Alan Arkin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jackie Earle Haley - LITTLE CHILDREN
Djimon Hounsou - BLOOD DIAMOND
Eddie Murphy - DREAMGIRLS
Mark Wahlberg - THE DEPARTED

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Winner - Helen Mirren - THE QUEEN
Penélope Cruz - VOLVER
Judi Dench - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Meryl Streep - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Kate Winslet - LITTLE CHILDREN

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Winner - Jennifer Hudson - DREAMGIRLS
Adriana Barraza - BABEL
Cate Blanchett - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Abigail Breslin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Rinko Kikuchi - BABEL

Best animated feature film of the year

Winner - HAPPY FEET
CARS
MONSTER HOUSE

Achievement in art direction

Winner - PAN'S LABYRINTH
DREAMGIRLS
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in cinematography

Winner - PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE BLACK DAHLIA
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE ILLUSIONIST
THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in costume design

Winner - MARIE ANTOINETTE
CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
DREAMGIRLS
THE QUEEN

Achievement in directing

Winner - THE DEPARTED (Martin Scorsese)
BABEL - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA - Clint Eastwood
THE QUEEN - Stephen Frears
UNITED 93 - Paul Greengrass

Best documentary feature

Winner - AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS
JESUS CAMP
MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY

Best documentary short subject

Winner - THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
RECYCLED LIFE
REHEARSING A DREAM
TWO HANDS

Achievement in film editing

Winner - THE DEPARTED
BABEL
BLOOD DIAMOND
CHILDREN OF MEN
UNITED 93

Best foreign language film of the year

Winner - THE LIVES OF OTHERS
AFTER THE WEDDING
DAYS OF GLORY (INDIGÈNES)
PAN'S LABYRINTH
WATER

Achievement in makeup

Winner - PAN'S LABYRINTH
APOCALYPTO
CLICK

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Winner - BABEL
THE GOOD GERMAN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL
PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE QUEEN

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Winner - "I Need to Wake Up" - AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
"Listen" - DREAMGIRLS
"Love You I Do" - DREAMGIRLS
"Our Town" - CARS
"Patience" - DREAMGIRLS

Best motion picture of the year

Winner - THE DEPARTED
BABEL
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE QUEEN

Best animated short film

Winner - THE DANISH POET
LIFTED
THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL
MAESTRO
NO TIME FOR NUTS

Best live action short film

Winner - WEST BANK STORY
BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA (BINTA Y LA GRAN IDEA)
ÉRAMOS POCOS (ONE TOO MANY)
HELMER & SON
THE SAVIOUR

Achievement in sound editing

Winner - LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
APOCALYPTO
BLOOD DIAMOND
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement in sound mixing

Winner - DREAMGIRLS
APOCALYPTO
BLOOD DIAMOND
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement in visual effects

Winner - PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
POSEIDON
SUPERMAN RETURNS

Adapted screenplay

Winner - THE DEPARTED
BORAT CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
CHILDREN OF MEN
LITTLE CHILDREN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL

Original screenplay

Winner - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
BABEL
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE QUEEN

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