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February 2005
Oscar Winners

Oscar Winners

The 2005 Academy Awards was certainly an historic night for Black America. In 2002, we were blessed to see Denzel Washington and Halle Berry win the Best Actor and Actress awards respectively. This year, not only was Chris Rock hosting the event to bring in a new youth and vibrance to the ceremony, but Beyonce performed 3 of the 5 nominated songs and Sean "P.Diddy" Combs and Prince were presenters. With the cast of "Ray" in attendence, along with Usher, Jay-Z, Lou Gossett Jr, Halle Berry and Oprah Winfrey in the audience, Black America was in the house. As expected, Jamie Foxx took home the coveted Best Actor award for his performance as Ray Charles in "Ray". After 4 Oscar nominations and many years of accolades and respect from his peers, Morgan Freeman FINALLY took home the gold statue for Best Supporting Actor in "Million Dollar Baby". Just when it looked like "The Aviator" was going the win the fight by taking home 5 Oscars early in the night, "Million Dollar Baby" scored a knockout blow by taking home 4 of the top awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor.Here are the list of winners:



Oscar Winners for 2004

"The Aviator" (Miramax, Initial Entertainment GroupInitial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.) A Forward Pass Appian Way/IMFIMF Production
"Finding Neverland" (Miramax) Richard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower, A FilmColony Production
"Million Dollar Baby" (Warner Bros.) A Warner Bros. Pictures Production
"Ray" (Universal)Universal Pictures/Bristol Bay Production
"Sideways" (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox) Michael London, Producer, A Sideways Productions, Inc. Production

Martin Scorsese, "The Aviator"
Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby"
Taylor Hackford, "Ray"
Alexander Payne, "Sideways"
Mike Leigh, "Vera Drake"
Don Cheadle, "Hotel Rwanda"
Johnny Depp, "Finding Neverland"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Aviator"
Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby"
Jamie Foxx, "Ray"   
Annette Bening, "Being Julia"
Catalina Sandino Moreno, in "Maria Full of Grace"
Imelda Staunton, "Vera Drake"
Hilary Swank, "Million Dollar Baby"
Kate Winslet, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
Alan Alda, "The Aviator"
Thomas Haden Church, "Sideways"
Jamie Foxx, "Collateral"
Morgan Freeman, "Million Dollar Baby"
Clive Owen, "Closer"
Cate Blanchett, "The Aviator"
Laura Linney, "Kinsey"
Virginia Madsen, "Sideways"
Sophie Okonedo, "Hotel Rwanda"
Natalie Portman, "Closer"
"The Incredibles" (Buena Vista) Brad Bird
"Shark Tale" (DreamWorks) Bill Damaschka
"Shrek 2" (DreamWorks) Andrew AdamsonAndrew Adamson

"Before Sunset" (Warner Independent PicturesWarner Independent Pictures) Screenplay by Richard Linklater& Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke - Story by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan
"Finding Neverland" (Miramax) Screenplay by David Magee
"Million Dollar Baby" (Warner Bros.) Screenplay by Paul Haggis
"The Motorcycle Diaries" Screenplay by José Rivera (Focus Features and Film Four)
"Sideways" (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox) Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

"The Aviator" (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group Written by John Logan and Warner Bros.)
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (Focus Features) Story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth
"Hotel Rwanda" (United Artists in association with Written by Keir Pearson & Terry George, Lions Gate Entertainment through MGM Distribution Co.)
"The Incredibles" (Buena Vista) Written by Brad Bird
"Vera Drake" (Fine Line Features, Alain Sarde and UK Film Written by Mike Leigh Council in association with Inside Track Films)


"The Aviator" (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Warner Bros.) Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Finding Neverland" (Miramax) Art Direction: Gemma Jackson, Set Decoration: Trisha Edwards
"Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events" Art Direction: Rick Heinrichs, (Paramount and DreamWorks) Set Decoration: Cheryl A. Carasik
"The Phantom of the Opera""The Phantom Of The Opera" Art Direction: Anthony Pratt (Warner Bros.) Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
"A Very Long Engagement" Art Direction: Aline Bonetto - (Warner Independent Pictures)

"The Aviator" (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group Robert Richardsonand Warner Bros.)
"House of Flying Daggers" (Sony Pictures Classics) Zhao Xiaoding
"The Passion of the Christ" (Icon and Newmarket) Caleb Deschanel
"The Phantom of the Opera" (Warner Bros.) John Mathieson
"A Very Long Engagement" Bruno Delbonnel (Warner Independent Pictures)

"The Aviator" (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group Sandy Powell and Warner Bros.)
"Finding Neverland" (Miramax) Alexandra Byrne
"Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events" Colleen Atwood, (Paramount and DreamWorks)
"Ray" (Universal) Sharen Davis
"Troy" (Warner Bros.) Bob Ringwood

"Born into Brothels" (THINKFilm) Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski - A Red Light Films, Inc. Production
"The Story of the Weeping Camel" (THINKFilm) Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa - A Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München Production
" Super Size Me" (Roadside Attractions/Samuel Morgan Spurlock Goldwyn Films) A Kathbur Productions/The Con Production
"Tupac: Resurrection" (Paramount) Lauren Lazin and Karolyn Ali An MTV - Amaru Entertainment, Inc. Production
"Twist of Faith" Kirby Dick and Eddie Schmidt - A Chain Camera Pictures Production

"Autism Is a World" Gerardine Wurzburg - A State of the Art Production
"The Children of Leningradsky" Hanna Polak and Andrzej Celinski - A Hanna Polak Production
"Hardwood" Hubert Davis and Erin Faith Young - A Hardwood Pictures and National Film - Board of Canada Production
"Mighty Times: The Children’s March" Robert Hudson and Bobby Houston - A Tell the Truth Pictures Production
"Sister Rose’s Passion" Oren Jacoby and Steve Kalafer - A New Jersey Studios Production

"The Aviator" (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group Thelma Schoonmaker and Warner Bros.)
"Collateral" (DreamWorks and Paramount) Jim MillerJim Miller and Paul Rubell
"Finding Neverland" (Miramax) Matt Chesse
"Million Dollar Baby" (Warner Bros.) Joel Cox
"Ray" (Universal) Paul Hirsch

"As It Is in Heaven" Sweden, A GF Studios Production
"The Chorus (Les Choristes)" France, A Galatée Films/Pathé Renn/France 2, Cinema/Novo Arturo Films/Vega Film AG Production
"Downfall""Downfall" Germany, A Constantin Film Production
"The Sea Inside" Spain, A Sogecine and Himenóptero Production
"Yesterday" South Africa, A Videovision Entertainment Production

"Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events" Valli O’Reilly and Bill Corso, (Paramount and DreamWorks)
"The Passion of the Christ" Keith Vanderlaan and Christien Tinsley, (Icon and Newmarket)
"The Sea Inside" (Fine Line Features and Sogepaq) Jo Allen and Manuel García


"Finding Neverland" (Miramax) Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" John Williams (Warner Bros.)
"Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events" Thomas Newman (Paramount and DreamWorks)
"The Passion of the Christ" (Icon and Newmarket) John Debney
"The Village" (Buena Vista) James Newton Howard


"Accidentally In Love" from Music by Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham,
"Shrek 2" (DreamWorks) Jim Bogios, David Immergluck, Matthew Mallery and David Bryson, Lyric by Adam Duritz and Daniel Vickrey
"Al Otro Lado Del Río" from Music and Lyric by Jorge Drexler
"The Motorcycle Diaries" (Focus Features and Film Four)
"Believe" from Music and Lyric by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri "The Polar Express" (Warner Bros.)
"Learn To Be Lonely" from Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
"The Phantom of the Opera" (Warner Bros.) Lyric by Charles Hart
"Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)" from Music by Bruno Coulais
"The Chorus (Les Choristes)" (Miramax) Lyric by Christophe Barratier

"Birthday Boy" Sejong Park and Andrew Gregory - An Australian Film, TV and Radio School Production
"Gopher Broke" Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller - A Blur Studio Production
"Guard Dog" Bill Plympton - A Bill Plympton Production
"Lorenzo" Mike Gabriel and Baker Bloodworth - A Walt Disney Pictures Production
"Ryan" Chris Landreth - A Copper Heart Entertainment & National Film Board of Canada Production

"Everything in This Country Must" Gary McKendry - A Six Mile LLC Production
"Little Terrorist" Ashvin Kumar - An Alipur Films Production
"7:35 in the Morning (7:35 de la Mañana)" Nacho Vigalondo - An Ibarretxe & Co. Production
"Two Cars, One Night" Taika Waititi and Ainsley Gardiner - A Defender Films Limited Production
"Wasp" Andrea Arnold - A Cowboy Films Production

"The Incredibles" (Buena Vista) Michael Silvers and Randy Thom
"The Polar Express" (Warner Bros.) Randy Thom and Dennis Leonard
"Spider-Man 2" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Paul N.J. Ottosson

"The Aviator" (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group Tom Fleischman and Petur Hliddal and Warner Bros.)
"The Incredibles" (Buena Vista) Randy Thom, Gary A. Rizzo and Doc Kane
"The Polar Express" (Warner Bros.) Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis Sands and William B. Kaplan
"Ray" (Universal) Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer and Steve Cantamessa
"Spider-Man 2" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Joseph Geisinger

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" Roger Guyett, Tim Burke, John Richardson (Warner Bros.) and Bill George
"I, Robot" (20th Century Fox) John Nelson, Andrew R. Jones, Erik Nash and Joe Letteri
"Spider-Man 2" (Sony Pictures Releasing) John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara and John Frazier



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