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:: Spotlight :: 79th Academy Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The 79th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre. It marks the achievement in film for the year 2006 and nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 in the Academy's Samuel Goldwun Theatre.

We will keep you updated with all the lead-up news.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced that Laura Ziskin will return to produce the 79th Annual Academy Awards telecast in February. It will be Ziskin's second involvement with the production of an Oscar telecast. Her first was in 2002 for the telecast of the 74th Academy Awards, the first time the ceremonies were broadcast from the Kodak Theatre.

Ziskin currently is in post-production on “Spider-Man 3.” Other feature films on her plate include a number of projects for her home studio, Sony Pictures, including “Me and My Monster” with director McG and “The Crimson Petal and the White,” with Curtis Hanson directing, as well as “The Spellman Files” for Paramount and an HBO film on Katharine Graham written by Joan Didion.

“I have wanted to produce the Academy Awards again for a long time,” Ziskin said. “It is a terrific, really fun challenge for a producer - commingling the thrills of putting on a live show, the creating of an exciting broadcast for the people watching at home and celebrating the extraordinary medium of film. I am delighted to have an opportunity to work with Sid Ganis and the spectacular Academy staff, and it is an honour to be in the company of past Academy Awards show producers such as Gil Cates, Joe Roth, Dick and Lilli Zanuck, Quincy Jones, Howard Koch, and others. There are a lot of award shows these days, but the Oscars remain unparalled.”

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Ellen DeGeneres has been announced as the host of the 79th Academy Awards telecast. It will be DeGeneres’ first time as Oscar host, as well as her first appearance on an Academy Awards telecast.

“Ellen DeGeneres was born to host the Academy Awards.” said producer Laura Ziskin. “There is no more challenging hosting job in show business. It requires someone who can keep the show alive and fresh and moving, as well as someone who is a flat-out great entertainer. Ellen completely fits the bill. I can already tell she is going to set the bar very high for herself and therefore for all of us involved in putting on the show. Now all we need is a lot of great movies.”

Academy President Sid Ganis said, “She just sparkles. She is such a pleasure to watch. Her wit cuts to the truth of things, but in a wonderfully warm-spirited way. I think she'll be a fantastic host for this show and we're extremely pleased that she's agreed to do it.”

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject entries has narrowed to eight films, from which three to five will earn Academy Award nominations.

The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“The Blood of Yingzhou District”
“Dear Talula”
“The Diary of Immaculée”
“Phoenix Dance”
“Recycled Life”
“Rehearsing a Dream”
“A Revolving Door”
“Two Hands”

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007.

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A record 61 countries ranging from developing nations to industrialised powers, including new entrant Kazakhstan, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 79th Academy Awards.

The 2006 submissions are:

Algeria, “Days of Glory,” Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Argentina, “Family Law,” Daniel Burman, director;
Australia, “Ten Canoes,” Rolf de Heer, director;
Austria, “You Bet Your Life,” Antonin Svoboda, director;
Bangladesh, “Forever Flows,” Abu Sayeed, director;
Belgium, “Someone Else’s Happiness,” Fien Troch, director;
Bolivia, “American Visa,” Juan Carlos Valdivia, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Grbavica,” Jasmila Zbanic, director;
Brazil, “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures,” Marcelo Gomes, director;
Bulgaria, “Monkeys in Winter,” Milena Andonova, director;
Canada, “Water,” Deepa Mehta, director;
Chile, “En la Cama,” Matiaz Bize, director;
China, “Curse of the Golden Flower,” Zhang Yimou, director;
Colombia, “A Ton of Luck,” Rodrigo Triana, director;
Croatia, “Libertas,” Veljko Bulajic, director;
Cuba, “El Benny,” Jorge Luis Sanchez, director;
Czech Republic, “Lunacy,” Jan Svankmajer, director;
Denmark, “After the Wedding,” Susanne Bier, director;
Egypt, “The Yacoubian Building,” Marwan Hamed, director;
France, “Avenue Montaigne,” Daniele Thompson, director;
Germany, “The Lives of Others,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director;
Greece, “Chariton’s Choir,” Grigoris Karantinakis, director;
Hong Kong, “The Banquet,” Feng Xiaogang, director;
Hungary, “White Palms,” Szabolcs Hajdu, director;
Iceland, “Children,” Ragnar Bragason, director;
India, “Rang De Basanti,” Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, director;
Indonesia, “Love for Share,” Nia Dinata, director;
Iran, “Transit Cafe,” Kambozia Partovi, director;
Iraq, “Dreams,” Mohamed Al-Daradji, director;
Israel, “Sweet Mud,” Dror Shaul, director;
Italy, “Golden Door,” Emanuele Crialese, director;
Japan, “Hula Girls,” Sang-il Lee, director;
Kazakhstan, “Nomad,” Sergei Bodrov, Talgat Temenov, Ivan Passer, directors;
Korea, “King and the Clown,” Lee Jun-ik, director;
Kyrgyzstan, “The Wedding Chest,” Nurbek Egen, director;
Lebanon, “Bosta,” Philippe Aractingi, director;
Lithuania, “Before Flying Back to Earth,” Arunas Matelis, director;
Macedonia, “Kontakt,” Sergei Stanojkovski, director;
Mexico, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Guillermo del Toro, director;
Morocco, “The Moroccan Symphony,” Kamal Kamal, director;
Nepal, “Basain,” Subash Prasad Gajurel, director;
The Netherlands, “Black Book,” Paul Verhoeven, director;
Norway, “Reprise,” Joachim Trier, director;
Peru, “Madeinusa,” Claudia Llosa, director;
Philippines, “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros,” Auraeus Solito, director;
Poland, “Retrieval,” Slawomir Fabicki, director;
Portugal, “Alice,” Marco Martins, director;
Puerto Rico, “Thieves and Liars,” Ricardo Mendez Matta, director;
Romania, “The Way I Spent the End of the World,” Catalin Mitulescu, director;
Russia, “9th Company,” Fyodor Bondarchuk, director;
Serbia, “Tomorrow Morning,” Oleg Novkovic, director;
Slovenia, “Gravehopping,” Jan Cvitkovic, director;
Spain, “Volver,” Pedro Almodovar, director;
Sweden, “Falkenberg Farewell,” Jesper Ganslandt, director;
Switzerland, “Vitus,” Fredi M. Murer, director;
Taiwan, “Blue Cha Cha,” Cheng Wen-tang, director;
Thailand, “Ahimsa Stop to Run,” Leo Kittikorn, director;
Turkey, “Ice Cream, I Scream,” Yuksel Aksu, director;
Ukraine, “Aurora,” Oxana Bayrak, director;
Venezuela, “Maroa,” Solveig Hoogesteijn, director;
Vietnam, “Story of Pao,” Ngo Quang Hai, director.

In addition to the above, Finland submitted Aki Kaurismaki’s “Lights in the Dusk,” which the director subsequently indicated he wanted to withdraw from the competition. Foreign Language committee chair Mark Johnson has initiated a dialogue with Kaurismaki in an effort to persuade him to reverse that decision.

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007.

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With 16 animated features submitted for consideration in 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences anticipates that its Animated Feature Film category, for the first time since 2002, may include a full slate of five nominees.

The 16 features expected to compete for 79th Academy Awards nominations are:

“The Ant Bully”
“Arthur and the Invisibles”
“Barnyard”
“Cars”
“Curious George”
“Everyone’s Hero”
“Flushed Away”
“Happy Feet”
“Ice Age The Meltdown”
“Monster House”
“Open Season”
“Over the Hedge”
“Paprika”
“Renaissance”
“A Scanner Darkly”
“The Wild”

Films submitted in the Animated Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 79th Academy Awards. Eighty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Blindsight”
“Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?”
“Deliver Us from Evil”
“The Ground Truth”
“An Inconvenient Truth”
“Iraq in Fragments”
“Jesus Camp”
“Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple”
“My Country, My Country”
“Shut Up & Sing”
“Sisters in Law”
“Storm of Emotions”
“The Trials of Darryl Hunt”
“An Unreasonable Man”
“The War Tapes”

The Documentary Branch screening committee viewed the eligible documentaries in a preliminary round of screenings. Documentary Branch members will now select the five 2006 nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist.

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56 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered in the Original Song category for the 79th Academy Awards.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Believe It” from “The Heart of the Game”
“The Best” from “Everyone’s Hero”
“The Book I Write” from “Stranger than Fiction”
“Broken Bridges” from “Broken Bridges”
“Chan Chan” from “Water”
“Circle in the Sand” from “Friends with Money”
“Coming Back to You” from “Deja Vu”
“Definition of Love” from “Akeelah and the Bee”
“Dreamz with a Z” from “American Dreamz”
“Encarnacion” from “Nacho Libre”
“Every Word” from “Wordplay”
“Family of Me” from “Over the Hedge”
“A Father’s Way” from “The Pursuit of Happyness”
“The Girl in Byakkoya - White Tiger Field” from “Paprika”
“Heist” from “Over the Hedge”
“Hillbilly Holla” from “Barnyard”
“Hollywood Familia” from “Hollywood Familia”
“I Belong” from “Open Season”
“I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”
“In Rosa Vernat Lilium” from “The Nativity Story”
“It’s a Fight” from “Rocky Balboa”
“Ju Hua Tai” from “Curse of the Golden Flower”
“Keep Holding On” from “Eragon”
“Khalbali” from “Rang de Basanti”
“Kingdom of Love” from “One Night with the King”
“Listen” from “Dreamgirls”
“A Lonely Man” from “Don’t Come Knocking”
“Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls”
“Luka Chuppi” from “Rang de Basanti”
“The Motion” from “3 Needles”
“My Little Girl” from “Flicka”
“Never Gonna Break My Faith” from “Bobby”
“Never Let Go” from “The Guardian”
“O Kazakhstan” from “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
“Open Your Heart” from “Saving Shiloh”
“Ordinary Miracle” from “Charlotte’s Web”
“Our Town” from “Cars”
“Patience” from “Dreamgirls”
“Philosophy” from “Step Up”
“PJ & Rooster” from “Idlewild”
“Quest for Love” from “Arthur and the Invisibles”
“Real Gone” from “Cars”
“Really Nice Day” from “The Wild”
“Shine on ‘Em” from “Blood Diamond”
“The Song of the Heart” from “Happy Feet”
“Star Mile” from “The Last Kiss”
“Still” from “Over the Hedge”
“Suenos” from “Hollywood Familia”
“Sweet Music” from “Glory Road”
“Til the End of Time” from “Little Miss Sunshine”
“Tonight” from “Night at the Museum”
“Try Not to Remember” from “Home of the Brave”
“Upside Down” from “Curious George”
“When You Taught Me How to Dance” from “Miss Potter”
“Won’t Let You Fall” from “Poseidon”
“You Know My Name” from “Casino Royale”

On Tuesday, January 16, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007.

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Composer-conductor Ennio Morricone, who has composed more than 300 motion picture scores over a 45-year career, has been voted an Honorary Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Award, an Oscar statuette, will be given to Morricone at the 79th Academy Awards presentation on February 25, 2007, “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.”

Morricone has earned five Academy Award nominations for original score - for “Days of Heaven” (1978), “The Mission” (1986), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Bugsy” (1991) and “Malèna” (2000) - but has not previously received an Oscar.

“The board was responding not just to the remarkable number of scores that Mr. Morricone has produced,” said Academy President Sid Ganis, “but to the fact that so many of them are beloved and popular masterpieces.”

While the bulk of his work has been on Italian films, including “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Once upon a Time in America” and “Cinema Paradiso,” Morricone has composed memorable scores for such international titles as “Bulworth,” “In the Line of Fire,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “Two Mules for Sister Sara.” His current project, “Leningrad,” has been announced for a 2008 release.

Born in Rome, Morricone was hired in 1964 by Sergio Leone and began a long collaboration with the director on what came to be known as “spaghetti westerns,” though his career has spanned most film genres from comedy to romance to horror.

Morricone’s Honorary Oscar will be presented, along with other Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006, on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that seven films are in consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 79th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Casino Royale”
“Eragon”
“Night at the Museum”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
“Poseidon”
“Superman Returns”
“X-Men The Last Stand”

On Wednesday, January 17, the Academy’s Visual Effects Award nominating committee will view 15-minute film excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for Oscar consideration.

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Nomination ballots for the 79th Academy Awards were mailed on Tuesday, December 26 to the 5,830 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5pm on Saturday, January 13, 2007. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.

Nomination and final award ballots are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are conducted with fairness and accuracy. Prior to mailing, the PricewaterhouseCoopers staff administers a thorough verification process to ensure there are no duplicate ballots and that none are missing. In addition to being counted and sorted, each ballot is numbered to guarantee that it is addressed to the appropriate Academy voter.

The Reminder List of Eligible Releases - the list of 2006 motion pictures eligible for Oscar consideration - will be mailed along with the nomination ballots.

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007.

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307 feature films are eligible for the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2006, it has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

To be eligible for the 79th Academy Awards consideration, feature films have until midnight, December 31, to open in a commercial motion picture theatre in Los Angeles County and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category.

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As part of the festivities in the run-up to this year’s Oscar telecast, Laura Ziskin, 79th Annual Academy Awards producer, has announced “A Celebration of Oscar Fashion” – a live event presenting a unique retrospective of Oscar fashion.

Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley will curate and call the invitation-only fashion celebration at 10.00am on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby in Beverly Hills. The presentation will highlight the famous and infamous fashions in Oscar show history.

“Water cooler conversation about the Oscars focuses on the movies and the clothes,” said Ziskin. “Rather than trying to forecast what people might wear this year, we thought it would be more fun to put on a runway show that features many of the spectacular dresses that have been worn to the Oscars through the years.

“We’ve had amazing success finding these dresses thanks to enthusiastic help from a lot of great designers and stars, but we’re missing some pieces we’d love to have.” Some of the gowns have been auctioned, sold or donated and Ziskin and Talley are reaching out to anyone who might have them.

“We are still looking for some of the great dresses that were auctioned, like one of Mia Farrow’s disco-era outfits, Julie Andrews’s 1965 Oscar dress, one of Natalie Wood’s dresses, or an exquisite gown that we haven’t even thought of and that Andre may hope to include,” said Ziskin.

“We have put together a show that recaptures unforgettable Oscar Night glamour,” said Talley. “When you see these gowns, you’ll immediately remember all these wonderful actresses in their Oscar Night glory – as far back as Ingrid Bergman and as recently as Renée Zellweger.”

Talley, who selected the gowns to be showcased, will serve as host and editor of this first look at Oscar fashions of the past. Invited guests will be treated to a filmed retrospective and a live runway show with models wearing the Oscar gowns worn by such stars as Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Channing, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Kim Basinger, Diane Keaton, Angelica Huston, Barbra Streisand, Sharon Stone and Hilary Swank.

To add to the event’s glamour, the Oscar gowns will be paired with contemporary jewels by Fred Leighton and other jewellers, and shoes and accessories from designers including Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and Prada.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that seven films remain in competition for Achievement in Make-up for the 79th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Apocalypto”
“Click”
“Pan’s Labyrinth”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
“The Prestige”
“The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”
“X-Men The Last Stand”

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Nine films will advance in the voting process in the Foreign Language Film category for the 79th Academy Awards. Sixty-one films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Algeria, “Days of Glory,” Rachid Bouchareb, director
Canada, “Water,” Deepa Mehta, director
Denmark, “After the Wedding,” Susanne Bier, director
France, “Avenue Montaigne,” Daniele Thompson, director
Germany, “The Lives of Others,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director
Mexico, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Guillermo del Toro, director
The Netherlands, “Black Book,” Paul Verhoeven, director
Spain, “Volver,” Pedro Almodovar, director
Switzerland, “Vitus,” Fredi M. Murer, director

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2006 are being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 61 eligible films and their ballots determined the shortlist.

A Phase II committee, made up of ten randomly selected members from the Phase I group, joined by additional ten-member contingents in New York and Los Angeles, will view the shortlisted films and select the five 2006 nominees for the category.

Phase II screenings will take place from Friday, January 19, through Sunday, January 21, in both Hollywood and New York City.

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

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On Oscar Night, Sunday, February 25, New York-area members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 79th Academy Awards at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.

This marks the second year that the annual party, organised by the Academy’s New York Events Committee, will be held at the St. Regis. The event is open to all East Coast-based members of the Academy.

“Last year’s party was a tremendous success. Our guests enjoyed a delicious meal while watching the Academy Awards telecast,” said Arlene Dahl, chair of the Academy’s Oscar Night party. “The ambience of the hotel is one of sheer elegance.”

Following a cocktail reception in the St. Regis’ Louis XVI Suite, the invited guests will adjourn to the Versailles Room for dinner and viewing of the Awards telecast on the ABC Television Network. The menu will be created by Executive Chef Richard Brown.

“Not only do the festivities and the historic setting of the St. Regis recall the original Academy Awards banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, but the hotel itself has a very strong connection to New York filmmaking, which makes the night even more special for our guests,” added Bud Rosenthal, chair of the Academy’s New York Events Committee.

A 1904 Beaux Arts landmark in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the St. Regis Hotel has been used as a shooting location for many films, including “The Godfather,” “Taxi Driver,” “Miss Congeniality,” “The First Wives Club,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Live and Let Die,” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

The St. Regis Hotel is located at 2 East 55th Street in Manhattan.

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Nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, January 23 by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and past Oscar nominee Salma Hayek.

Ganis and Hayek, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002 for her lead performance in “Frida,” announced the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. Nominations in all categories then were distributed to the over 400 international media representatives in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards website

Academy members from the various branches selected the nominees in their corresponding award categories, with the exception of the Animated Feature and Foreign Language Film categories, in which nominations were determined by vote of screening committees composed of members from several branches. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Ballots were mailed to 5,830 voting members in late December and were returned directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the international accounting firm, for tabulation.

The Academy’s entire active and life membership is eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them – the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, and Foreign Language Film categories – members can vote only after attesting that they have seen all of the nominated films in the category.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre.

Here is the list of nominations.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson” (THINKFilm)
Peter O’Toole in “Venus” (Miramax, Filmfour and UK Council)
Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
Jackie Earle Haley in “Little Children” (New Line)
Djimon Hounsou in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Mark Wahlberg in “The Departed” (Warner Bros.)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Penélope Cruz in “Volver” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Judi Dench in “Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight)
Helen Mirren in “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada” (20th Century Fox)
Kate Winslet in “Little Children” (New Line)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Adriana Barraza in “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
Cate Blanchett in “Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight)
Abigail Breslin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Rinko Kikuchi in “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)

Best animated feature film of the year

“Cars” (Buena Vista) John Lasseter
“Happy Feet” (Warner Bros.) George Miller
“Monster House” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Gil Kenan

Achievement in art direction

“Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

“The Good Shepherd” (Universal)
Art Direction: Jeannine Oppewall
Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau and Leslie E. Rollins

“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse)
Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero
Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
Art Direction: Rick Heinrichs
Set Decoration: Cheryl A. Carasik

“The Prestige” (Buena Vista)
Art Direction: Nathan Crowley
Set Decoration: Julie Ochipinti

Achievement in cinematography

“The Black Dahlia” (Universal) Vilmos Zsigmond
“Children of Men” (Universal) Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Illusionist” (Yari Film Group) Dick Pope
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse) Guillermo Navarro
“The Prestige” (Buena Vista) Wally Pfister

Achievement in costume design

“Curse of the Golden Flower” (Sony Pictures Classics) Yee Chung Man
“The Devil Wears Prada” (20th Century Fox) Patricia Field
“Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount) Sharen Davis
“Marie Antoinette” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Milena Canonero
“The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Consolata Boyle

Achievement in directing

“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Alejandro González Iñárritu
“The Departed” (Warner Bros.) Martin Scorsese
“Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.) Clint Eastwood
“The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Stephen Frears
“United 93” (Universal and StudioCanal) Paul Greengrass

Best documentary feature

“Deliver Us from Evil” (Lionsgate)
A Disarming Films Production
Amy Berg and Frank Donner

“An Inconvenient Truth” (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions)
A Lawrence Bender/Laurie David Production
Davis Guggenheim

“Iraq in Fragments” (Typecast Releasing)
A Typecast Pictures/Daylight Factory Production
James Longley and John Sinno

“Jesus Camp” (Magnolia Pictures)
A Loki Films Production
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

“My Country, My Country” (Zeitgeist Films)
A Praxis Films Production
Laura Poitras and Jocelyn Glatzer

Best documentary short subject

“The Blood of Yingzhou District”
A Thomas Lennon Films Production
Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

“Recycled Life”
An Iwerks/Glad Production
Leslie Iwerks and Mike Glad

“Rehearsing a Dream”
A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

“Two Hands”
A Crazy Boat Pictures Production
Nathaniel Kahn and Susan Rose Behr

Achievement in film editing

“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) - Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise
“Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.) - Steven Rosenblum
“Children of Men” (Universal) - Alex Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón
“The Departed” (Warner Bros.) - Thelma Schoonmaker
“United 93” (Universal and StudioCanal) - Clare Douglas, Christopher Rouse and Richard Pearson

Best foreign language film of the year

“After the Wedding” A Zentropa Entertainments 16 Production Denmark
“Days of Glory (Indigènes)” A Tessalit Production Algeria
“The Lives of Others” A Wiedemann & Berg Production Germany
“Pan’s Labyrinth” A Tequila Gang/Esperanto Filmoj/Estudios Picasso Production Mexico
“Water” A Hamilton-Mehta Production Canada

Achievement in make-up

“Apocalypto” (Buena Vista) Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
“Click” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Kazuhiro Tsuji and Bill Corso
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse) David Marti and Montse Ribe

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Gustavo Santaolalla
“The Good German” (Warner Bros.) Thomas Newman
“Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight) Philip Glass
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse) Javier Navarrete
“The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Alexandre Desplat

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth” (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions)
Music and Lyric by Melissa Etheridge

“Listen” from “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler
Lyric by Anne Preven

“Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Music by Henry Krieger
Lyric by Siedah Garrett

“Our Town” from “Cars” (Buena Vista)
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“Patience” from “Dreamgirls"
(DreamWorks and Paramount)
Music by Henry Krieger
Lyric by Willie Reale

Best motion picture of the year

“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
An Anonymous Content/Zeta Film/Central Films Production
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, Producers

“The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
A Warner Bros. Pictures Production

“Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.)
A DreamWorks Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures Production
Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Robert Lorenz, Producers

“Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
A Big Beach/Bona Fide Production

“The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
A Granada Production
Andy Harries, Christine Langan and Tracey Seaward, Producers

Best animated short film

“The Danish Poet” (National Film Board of Canada)
A Mikrofilm and National Film Board of Canada Production
Torill Kove

“Lifted” (Buena Vista)
A Pixar Animation Studios Production
Gary Rydstrom

“The Little Matchgirl” (Buena Vista)
A Walt Disney Pictures Production
Roger Allers and Don Hahn

“Maestro” (Szimplafilm)
A Kedd Production
Geza M. Toth

“No Time for Nuts” (20th Century Fox)
A Blue Sky Studios Production
Chris Renaud and Michael Thurmeier

Best live action short film

“Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)”
A Peliculas Pendelton and Tus Ojos Production
Javier Fesser and Luis Manso

“Éramos Pocos (One Too Many)” (Kimuak)
An Altube Filmeak Production
Borja Cobeaga

“Helmer & Son”
A Nordisk Film Production
Soren Pilmark and Kim Magnusson

“The Saviour” (Australian Film Television and Radio School)
An Australian Film Television and Radio School Production
Peter Templeman and Stuart Parkyn

“West Bank Story”
An Ari Sandel, Pascal Vaguelsy, Amy Kim, Ravi Malhotra and Ashley Jordan Production
Ari Sandel

Achievement in sound editing

“Apocalypto” (Buena Vista)
Sean McCormack and Kami Asgar

“Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
Lon Bender

“Flags of Our Fathers” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by Paramount)
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

“Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.)
Alan Robert Murray

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
Christopher Boyes and George Watters II

Achievement in sound mixing

“Apocalypto” (Buena Vista)
Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Fernando Camara

“Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ivan Sharrock

“Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton

“Flags of Our Fathers” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by Paramount)
John Reitz, Dave Campbell, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
Paul Massey, Christopher Boyes and Lee Orloff

Achievement in visual effects

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall

“Poseidon” (Warner Bros.)
Boyd Shermis, Kim Libreri, Chaz Jarrett and John Frazier

“Superman Returns” (Warner Bros.)
Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover and Jon Thum

Adapted screenplay

“Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (20th Century Fox)
Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer
Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips

“Children of Men” (Universal)
Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby

“The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
Screenplay by William Monahan

“Little Children” (New Line)
Screenplay by Todd Field & Tom Perrotta

“Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight)
Screenplay by Patrick Marber

Original screenplay

“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
Written by Guillermo Arriaga

“Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.)
Screenplay by Iris Yamashita
Story by Iris Yamashita & Paul Haggis

“Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
Written by Michael Arndt

“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse)
Written by Guillermo del Toro

“The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
Written by Peter Morgan

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Abigail Breslin has been named a presenter at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony. This will be her first time presenting an Academy Award.

Breslin, who is nominated for her supporting performance in “Little Miss Sunshine,” will be seen next in “No Reservations” and “Definitely, Maybe.” Her other film credits include “The Ultimate Gift,” “Raising Helen” and “Signs.”

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Jaden Christopher Syre Smith will be a presenter at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony. This will be his first time presenting for the Academy Awards.

Smith, who is the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, co-starred in his first film role opposite his father in this year’s “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

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Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett will be a presenter at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony.

Two years ago, at the 77th Academy Awards, Blanchett took home the Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.” She received her first Oscar nomination in 1998 in the Leading Actress category for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in “Elizabeth.”

Blanchett appeared in this year’s “Babel” and “The Good German” and can currently be seen in “Notes on a Scandal.” Her other film credits include “Veronica Guerin,” “Charlotte Gray,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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Actor Steve Carell will be a presenter at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony.

Carell recently starred in “Little Miss Sunshine” and will next star in “Evan Almighty” and “Dan in Real Life.” His other film credits include “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Bewitched,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Bruce Almighty.”

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Academy Award-nominated actress Penélope Cruz will be a presenter for the 79th Academy Awards.

Cruz just received her first Oscar nomination for her lead performance in “Volver.” She will next be seen in “The Good Night” and “Manolete” opposite Adrien Brody. Her other film credits include “Sahara,” “Head in the Clouds,” “Gothika,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Captain Corelli's Mandolin” and “Blow.”

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Actress Rachel Weisz will present at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony.

Last year, Weisz received her first Oscar nomination and took home the award for her supporting performance in “The Constant Gardener.” Most recently, she was heard as the voice of Saphira in “Eragon” and starred opposite Hugh Jackman in “The Fountain.” She will be seen next in “Definitely, Maybe.” Her other film credits include “Constantine,” “Runaway Jury,” “The Shape of Things,” “About a Boy” and “Stealing Beauty.”

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Actor and Academy Award-winning writer Ben Affleck will be a presenter at the 79th Academy Awards.

In 1997, Affleck and Matt Damon won the Oscar for Original Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.” Affleck can currently be seen in “Smokin’ Aces” and will make his directing debut with the upcoming “Gone, Baby, Gone.”

Affleck’s other acting credits include “Hollywoodland,” “Clerks II,” “The Sum of All Fears,” “Changing Lanes,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Chasing Amy.”

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Tom Cruise will be a presenter for the 79th Academy Awards.

Cruise has twice been nominated in the Actor in a Leading Role category, for “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1989 and for “Jerry Maguire” in 1996. In 1999, he was nominated for his supporting performance in “Magnolia.”

Cruise will be seen next in “Lions for Lambs” and was last seen in “Mission: Impossible III.” Cruise’s other film credits include “Collateral,” “The Last Samurai,” “Minority Report,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Mission: Impossible,” “The Firm,” “A Few Good Men” and “Rain Man.”

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Actress Kirsten Dunst will present at the 79th Academy Awards.

Dunst was recently seen in “Marie Antoinette” and will be seen next in “Spider-Man 3.” Her other film credits include the first two “Spider-Man” films, “Elizabethtown,” “Wimbledon,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” “The Cat’s Meow,” “Crazy/Beautiful” and “Bring It On.”

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Academy Award-nominated actress Kate Winslet will be a presenter for the 79th Academy Awards.

Winslet recently received her fifth Oscar nomination for her leading performance in “Little Children.” She received a leading actress nomination in 1997 for her performance in “Titanic” and another in 2004 for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Winslet received supporting nominations for her performances in “Sense and Sensibility” in 1995 and for “Iris” in 2001. She was recently seen in “The Holiday” and “All the Kings Men.” Her other film credits include “Finding Neverland” and “The Life of David Gale.”

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William Ross will be at the Oscar podium as conductor for the 79th Academy Awards. This will be the first time that Ross has conducted the Academy Awards Orchestra.

Ross is a prolific, award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, television and the recording industry. He recently composed music for the motion picture “September Dawn.” Ross has composed music for other films such as “The Game of Their Lives,” “Ladder 49,” “Tuck Everlasting” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre.

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Adding to the excitement of Oscar Week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will for the first time present the nominees in the Makeup category at a special symposium on Saturday, February 24, at 2.00pm at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood.

The Makeup Symposium will be hosted by Makeup Branch Governor Leonard Engelman, whose film credits include “Moonstruck,” “The Accidental Tourist,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Featuring the nominated makeup artists (subject to their availability) in a panel discussion, the event will also present film clips of each achievement and an opportunity for questions from the audience.

The 2006 nominated films for Achievement in Makeup are:

“Apocalypto,” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
“Click,” Kazuhiro Tsuji and Bill Corso
“Pan’s Labyrinth,” David Marti and Montse Ribe

The Linwood Dunn Theatre is located at the Academy’s Pickford Centre for Motion Picture Study at 1313 North Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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The Governors Ball, the Academy’s celebration following the 79th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 25, will capture the relaxed intimacy of an elegant supper party.

The open format, created by Ball producer Cheryl Cecchetto, will allow the Ball’s 1,500 guests to choose among a variety of seating configurations while enjoying the cuisine created specifically for the event by master chef Wolfgang Puck.

Guests will enter beneath a wrought iron archway that will span the width of the ballroom. The archway and five decorative pergolas will be lined with a living canopy of woven vines, flowers and ivy evoking the rich and vibrant textures of the Tuscan countryside.

The Academy’s Governors Ball will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Centre.

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Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney will be a presenter at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony.

Last year, Clooney took home his first Oscar for his supporting performance in “Syriana” and received two nominations for directing and co-writing “Good Night, and Good Luck.” He can currently be seen in “The Good German” and will be seen next in “Ocean’s Thirteen.” Clooney’s other film credits include “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “The Perfect Storm,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Three Kings.”

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Actress Cameron Diaz has been tapped to present at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony.

Diaz recently appeared in “The Holiday” and will lend her voice to the character of Fiona in the third installment of the animated “Shrek” films, “Shrek the Third.” Her other film credits include “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Sweetest Thing,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Any Given Sunday,” “There’s Something about Mary,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Mask.”

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Actress Eva Green will be a presenter at the 79th Academy Awards. This will be her first time presenting an Academy Award.

Green played Vesper Lynd opposite Daniel Craig in the latest Bond installment, “Casino Royale.” She will be seen next in “His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass.” Green’s other film credits include “Kingdom of Heaven” and “The Dreamers.”

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Actor Hugh Jackman has been set as a presenter for the 79th Academy Awards ceremony.

Jackman, who recently was heard as the voice of the character Memphis in the animated feature “Happy Feet,” will be seen next in “The Tourist.” His other film credits include “The Prestige,” “The Fountain,” the “X-Men” trilogy, “Van Helsing,” “Kate & Leopold,” “Swordfish” and “Someone Like You.”

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Actor Daniel Craig will be a presenter for the 79th Academy Awards ceremony. This will be his first time presenting for the Academy Awards.

Craig starred as James Bond in “Casino Royale” in the latest installment in the Bond series. His other film credits include “Munich,” “Layer Cake,” “The Jacket,” “Sylvia,” and “Road to Perdition.”

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Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman will return as a presenter at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony.

Kidman took home a Best Actress Oscar in 2002 for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in “The Hours.” She also received a nomination in 2001 for her lead performance in “Moulin Rouge!”

Kidman, who was heard in this year’s animated feature “Happy Feet” as the voice of Norma Jean, will be seen next in “The Invasion,” “The Golden Compass” and “Margot at the Wedding.” Her other film credits include “Cold Mountain,” “Dogville,” “The Others,” “The Portrait of a Lady,” “To Die For” and “Dead Calm.”

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Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, who each hold the record for most Academy Award nominations by actors, in their respective categories will join Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as presenters on the 79th Academy Awards. They will be joined by Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey, Jr., Greg Kinnear, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts.

It was also announced that Gael Garcia Bernal, Emily Blunt, Catherine Deneuve, former Vice President Al Gore, James McAvoy and Jerry Seinfeld will be presenting.

These presenters will join Ben Affleck, Jessica Biel, Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Will Ferrell, Jodie Foster, Eva Green, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Diane Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Tobey Maguire, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, John Travolta, Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet and Reese Witherspoon on the telecast.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre.

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**Winners and pictures**

Here is the list of winners from the 79th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday, February 25, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

Bset Picture: “The Departed”

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role: Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”

Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”

Best Film Editing: “The Departed”

Best Original Song: “I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth,” Melissa Etheridge

Best Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, “Little Miss Sunshine”

Best Original Score: “Babel,” Gustavo Santaolalla

Best Documentary Feature: “An Inconvenient Truth”

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”

Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Lives of Others,” Germany

Best Visual Effects: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest”

Best Cinematography: “Pan's Labyrinth”

Best Costume Design: “Marie Antoinette”

Best Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, “The Departed”

Best Animated Feature Film: “Happy Feet”

Best Documentary Short Subject: “The Blood of Yingzhou District”

Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, “Little Miss Sunshine”

Best Art Direction: “Pan's Labyrinth”

Best Sound Mixing: “Dreamgirls”

Best Sound Editing: “Letters From Iwo Jima”

Best Makeup: “Pan's Labyrinth”

Best Animated Short Film: “The Danish Poet”

Best Live Action Short Film: “West Bank Story”

Jean Hersholt Award (Oscar statuette): Sherry Lansing.

Honorary Academy Award (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone.

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**Pictures**

Daniel Craig Daniel Craig & Satsuki Mitchell
Leonardo DiCaprio Helen & Martin Scorsese
Maggie Gyllenhaal Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez
Jessica Biel
Beyonce Knowles Forest & Keisha Whitaker
Gwyneth Paltrow Mark Wahlberg & Rhea Durham
Cameron Diaz John Travolta & Kelly Preston
Cate Blanchett Michael Buble & Emily Blunt
Rachel Weisz the Smith family
Jennifer Hudson Naomi Watts
Penelope Cruz Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw