The 80th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2007 and took place on February 24, 2008, at the
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(commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by Gil Cates and directed by Louis J. Horvitz. Actor Jon Stewart hosted the show for the second time, having previously presided over the 78th Academy Awards, 78th ceremony held in 2006. Two weeks earlier in a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California held on February 9, the Academy Award for Technical Achievement, Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Jessica Alba. ''No Country for Old Men (film), No Country for Old Men'' won four awards, including Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Picture. Other winners included ''The Bourne Ultimatum (film), The Bourne Ultimatum'' with three awards, ''La Vie en rose (film), La Vie en Rose'' and ''There Will Be Blood'' with two, and ''Atonement (film), Atonement'', ''The Counterfeiters (2007 film), The Counterfeiters'', ''Elizabeth: The Golden Age'', ''Freeheld (2007 film), Freeheld'', ''The Golden Compass (film), The Golden Compass'', ''Juno (film), Juno'', ''Michael Clayton'', ''Le Mozart des pickpockets, Le Mozart des Pickpockets'', ''Once (film), Once'', ''Peter & the Wolf (2006 film), Peter & the Wolf'', ''Ratatouille (film), Ratatouille'', ''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 film), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'', and ''Taxi to the Dark Side'' with one. The telecast garnered 31 million viewers, making it the least watched Oscar broadcast since 1974, when Nielsen began keeping records of viewership.

Winners and nominees

The nominations were announced on January 22, 2008, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California by Sid Ganis, president of the Academy, and actress Kathy Bates. ''No Country for Old Men (film), No Country for Old Men'' and ''There Will Be Blood'' tied for the most nominations with eight each. The winners were announced during the award ceremony of February 24, 2008. Best Director winners Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen became the second pair of directors to win the award for the same film. Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise first accomplished this feat for co-directing 1961's ''West Side Story (1961 film), West Side Story''. This was also the second time in Oscar history (the first being 1964's 37th Academy Awards) that none of the four acting winners was American. Daniel Day-Lewis became the eighth person to win Best Actor twice. Best Actress winner Marion Cotillard was the fifth person to List of actors nominated for Academy Awards for foreign language performances, win for a non-English speaking performance and the second person to do so in the aforementioned category, after Sophia Loren who won for 1961's ''Two Women''. Cate Blanchett became the eleventh performer to receive List of actors nominated for two Academy Awards in the same year, double acting nominations in the same year. By virtue of her nomination for her role as the Elizabeth I of England, title character in ''Elizabeth: The Golden Age'', she also was the first actress and fifth performer overall to be nominated for portraying the same character in two different films (she previously earned a nomination for playing Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1998's ''Elizabeth (film), Elizabeth''). At age 82, Best Supporting Actor nominee Hal Holbrook was at the time, the oldest male acting nominee in Oscar history until Christopher Plummer was nominated for ''All the Money in the World'' in the 90th Academy Awards. Robert F. Boyle became the oldest recipient of the Academy Honorary award at the age of 98.


Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger ().

Academy Honorary Award

* Robert F. Boyle In recognition of one of cinema's great careers in art direction.

Films with multiple nominations and awards

The following 21 films received multiple nominations: The following four films received multiple awards:

Presenters and performers

The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers.



Ceremony information

In September 2007, the Academy hired Gilbert Cates, Gil Cates to oversee production of the telecast for a record 14th time. Ganis explained his decision to hire Cates as producer stating, "He's so talented...so creative and inventive, and so enormously passionate about the Oscars. All of that will again translate into a night that people can't wait to experience." Immediately, Cates selected actor, comedian, and talk-show host Jon Stewart as host of the 2008 ceremony. "Jon was a terrific host for the 78th Academy Awards, 78th Awards," Cates said about Stewart in a press release. "He is smart, quick, funny, loves movies and is a great guy. What else could one ask for?" Furthermore, the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike affected the telecast and its surrounding events. Over a month after the labor dispute began, the striking Writers Guild of America, west, Writers Guild of America (WGA) denied a waiver requested by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in connection with film clips and excerpts from previous award ceremonies to be shown at the 2008 awards. The material could have been used, as the denial only affected the conditions under which the clips are shown. Previously, the 60th Academy Awards, 60th ceremony held in 1988 occurred 37 days after 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, that year's writers strike began. At the time, material was already completed in anticipation for the strike, and actors were in full attendance of the ceremony. In anticipation that the strike would continue through Oscar night, AMPAS developed a Plan B show that would not have included actors accepting their awards. It would have included the musical numbers, but would have relied heavily on historic film clips, emphasizing the 80th anniversary of the awards. However, both the WGA and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached an agreement effectively ending the strike on February 12, 2008, and the ceremony proceeded under its normal format.

Box office performance of nominated films

Continuing a trend in recent years, the field of major nominees favored independent, low-budget films over blockbusters. The combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees when the Oscars were announced was $217 million; the average gross per film was $43.3 million. None of the five Best Picture nominees was among the top ten releases in box office during the nominations. When the nominations were announced on January 22, ''Juno'' was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $87.1 million in domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by ''No Country for Old Men'' ($48.9 million), ''Michael Clayton'' ($39.4 million), ''Atonement'' ($32.7 million), and finally ''There Will Be Blood'' ($8.7 million). Out of the top 50 grossing movies of the year (prior to announcement), 29 nominations went to 12 films on the list. Only ''Ratatouille'' (9th), ''American Gangster'' (18th), ''Juno'' (31st), ''Charlie Wilson's War'' (39th), and ''Surf's Up'' (41st) received nominations for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, directing, acting, or screenwriting. The other top-50 box office hits that earned nominations were ''Transformers'' (3rd), ''Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'' (4th), ''The Bourne Ultimatum'' (7th), ''Enchanted'' (20th), ''Norbit'' (29th), ''The Golden Compass'' (37th), and ''3:10 to Yuma'' (45th).

Critical reviews

The show received a mixed reception from media publications. Some media outlets were more critical of the show. ''The Washington Post'' television critic Tom Shales quipped that the ceremony was "Overstocked with clips from movies -- from this year's nominees and from Oscar winners going back to 1st Academy Awards, 1929 -- that it was like a TV show with the hiccups." Columnist James Poniewozik of ''Time (magazine), Time'' commented that Stewart was "an Oscar host–sometimes a funny one, but a pretty conventional one, whose routine was loaded up with kiss-up softballs about how hot Colin Farrell is, what range Cate Blanchett has and what a tomcat Jack Nicholson is." Of the show itself, he wrote, "What we got instead was a show that half the time seemed like the show the Academy would have put on if there had been a strike, chockful of montages. The other half of the time, it was an typical-to-dull Oscars." Columnist Robert Bianco of ''USA Today'' said, "Has it ever felt like more of a padded bore than it did Sunday night? If so, blame the writers' strike, which left the producers with only a few weeks to prepare for the ABC broadcast and persuaded them to lean less on the host and more on old clips." He also observed that numerous film montages seemed to diminish Stewart's job as host. The majority of other media outlets received the broadcast more positively. Television critic Matthew Gilbert of the ''Boston Globe'' gave an average critique of the ceremony but praised Stewart writing that "It was good to see Jon Stewart being Jon Stewart. He is shaping up to be a dependable Oscar host for the post-Billy Crystal years. He's not musical, but he's versatile enough to swing smoothly between jokes about politics, Hollywood, new media, and, most importantly, hair." ''Variety (magazine), Variety'' columnist Brian Lowry lauded Stewart's performance noting that he "earned his keep by maintaining a playful, irreverent tone throughout the night, whether it was jesting about Cate Blanchett's versatility or watching ''Lawrence of Arabia (film), Lawrence of Arabia'' on an iPhone screen." Frazier Moore from the Associated Press commended Stewart's improvement from his first hosting stint commenting, "He proved equal to the challenge posed by Oscarcast's quick turnaround. His crash-deadline material worked. And even when it didn't, he was genial, relaxed, and seemed utterly at home." In addition, he quipped that although there was a lack of surprise amongst the winners, he marveled "The evening was plenty elegant. The stage setting was handsome. The orchestra sounded full and lush. Everyone behaved."

Ratings and reception

The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 32 million people over its length, which was a 21% decrease from the 79th Academy Awards, previous year's ceremony. An estimated 64 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards. The show also earned lower Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony with 18.7% of households watching over a 29 share. In addition, it garnered a lower 18–49 demo rating with a 10.7 rating over a 26 share among viewers in that demographic. Many media outlets pointed out that the Writers Guild strike and the niche popularity amongst the field of major nominees contributed to the low ratings. It earned the lowest viewership for an Academy Award telecast since figures were compiled beginning with the 46th Academy Awards, 46th ceremony in 1974. In July 2008, the ceremony presentation received nine nominations at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. Two months later, the ceremony won two of those nominations for Outstanding Art Direction (Roy Christopher and Joe Celli) and Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program (Louis J. Horvitz).

''In Memoriam''

The annual ''In Memoriam'' tribute, presented by actress Hilary Swank, honored the following people: * Roscoe Lee Browne - Actor * Barry Nelson - Actor * Kitty Carlisle, Kitty Carlisle Hart - Actress, TV personality * Betty Hutton - Actress * Calvin Lockhart - Actor * Jane Wyman - Actress * Melville Shavelson – Writer * Curtis Harrington – Director * Jack Valenti – Executive * Michael Kidd – Dancer * Michelangelo Antonioni – Director * Delbert Mann – Director * Monty Westmore – Makeup artist * Peter Handford, Peter T. Hanford – Sound * Bud Ekins – Stuntman * Bernard Gordon (writer), Bernard Gordon – Writer * Dabbs Greer - Actor * Jean-Claude Brialy - Actor * Harold Michelson – Art director * Laraine Day - Actress * Jean-Pierre Cassel - Actor * Lois Maxwell - Actress * László Kovács (cinematographer), Laszlo Kovacs – Cinematographer * Bob Clark, Robert Clark – Director * George C. Jenkins, George Jenkins – Art director * Johnny Grant (radio personality), Johnny Grant – Executive * Frank Rosenfelt – Executive * Martin Manulis – Producer * Donfeld – Costume designer * Ousmane Sembène – Director * Freddie Fields, Freddy Fields – Agent * Robert Lantz – Agent * Ray Kurtzman – Executive * Miyoshi Umeki - Singer, actress * Suzanne Pleshette - Actress * Deborah Kerr - Actress * Peter Ellenshaw – Visual effects * Peter Zinner – Film editor * Freddie Francis – Cinematographer * Ingmar Bergman – Director * Ray Evans – Music * William J. Tuttle, William Tuttle – Makeup * Heath Ledger - Actor

See also

* 14th Screen Actors Guild Awards * 28th Golden Raspberry Awards * 50th Grammy Awards * 60th Primetime Emmy Awards * 61st British Academy Film Awards * 62nd Tony Awards * 65th Golden Globe Awards * List of submissions to the 80th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film





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