79th Academy Awards (2006): The Ceremony

Nominations Announcement | Ceremony Details | Presenters | Song Performances | Other Performances | Production Staff | Ceremony Emmys | Pre-Show Details | Sci-Tech Awards

Nominations Announcement

Nominations Announcement Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Nominations Presenters: Salma Hayek, Sid Ganis
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Supporting Actress
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Supporting Actor
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Actress
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Actor
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Director
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Original Screenplay
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Adapted Screenplay
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Foreign Language Film
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Animated Feature
Nominations Morning Category Presentation: Picture

Ceremony Details

Awards Ceremony Date/Time: Sunday, February 25, 2007, 5:30pm
Location: Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland
Televised On: ABC
Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Length: 3 hours, 51 minutes
Nielsen Ratings: 23.65 rating
Viewers: 39.92 million


Production Design: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig
Scientific & Technical Awards; and Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Ray Feeney: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Montage: Comedians at the Oscars: Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. O’Reilly
Makeup & Hairstyling: Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. O’Reilly
Animated Short Film: Abigail Breslin, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith
Live Action Short Film: Abigail Breslin, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith
Sound Editing: Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear
Sound Mixing: James McAvoy, Jessica Biel
Supporting Actor: Rachel Weisz
Introduction: Oscars Gone Green: Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore
Animated Feature: Cameron Diaz
Montage: Writers in the Movies: Ben Affleck
Writing: Adapted Screenplay: Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks
Costume Design: Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Sherry Lansing: Tom Cruise
Cinematography: Gwyneth Paltrow
Visual Effects: Naomi Watts, Robert Downey Jr.
Montage: Foreign Language Film: Catherine Deneuve, Ken Watanabe
Foreign Language Film: Clive Owen, Cate Blanchett
Supporting Actress: George Clooney
Documentary Short Subject: Eva Green, Gael Garcia Bernal
Documentary Feature: Jerry Seinfeld
Tribute: Ennio Morricone: Clint Eastwood
Honorary Award: Ennio Morricone: Clint Eastwood
Music: Original Score: Penlope Cruz, Hugh Jackman
Introduction: Academy’s Preservation & Education Work montage: Sid Ganis
Writing: Original Screenplay: Kristen Dunst, Tobey Maguire
Original Song Introduction: “Love You I Do,” “Listen,” and “Patience”: Jennifer Lopez
Original Song: John Travolta, Queen Latifah
Montage: America Through the Movies: Will Smith
Film Editing: Kate Winslet
In Memoriam: Jodie Foster
Actress: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor: Reese Witherspoon
Directing: Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas
Picture: Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson
What Happened To?: Meryl Streep

Previous Acting & Directing Winners

The tradition of prior acting winners returning the subsequent year to present the opposite-gender category is a long one. Each year, we look to see whether the prior winners returned. There was an intermittent tradition where the prior directing winner returned as well, but this was a rare occurrence.

Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman: Yes
Actress – Reese Witherspoon: Yes
Supporting Actor – George Clooney: Yes
Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz: Yes
Directing – Ang Lee: No

Song Performances

I Need to Wake Up: Melissa Etheridge
Listen: Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles
Love You I Do: Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles
Our Town: Randy Newman, James Taylor
Patience: Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Keith Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

Original Song Film Performers

Was the song performed at the Oscars by the same individuals who performed it in the film?

I Need to Wake Up: Yes (Performed in the Film by: Melissa Etheridge)
Listen: Partial (Beyonce Knowles only) (Performed in the Film by: Beyonce Knowles)
Love You I Do: Partial (Jennifer Hudson only) (Performed in the Film by: Jennifer Hudson)
Our Town: Partial (James Taylor only) (Performed in the Film by: James Taylor)
Patience: Partial (Anika Noni Rose & Keith Robinson only) (Performed in the Film by: Eddie Murphy, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson)

Other Performances

Elements & Motion film sound effects performance: Steve Sidwell, Sound Effects Choir
I Knew I Loved You (Ennio Morricone Tribute): Celine Dion
Interpretive depiction of film titles and logos: Pilobolus

Ceremony Production Staff

Announcer: Don LaFontaine, Gina Tuttle
Conductor / Musical Arranger: William Ross
Director: Louis J. Horvitz
Producer: Laura Ziskin
Writer: Bruce Vilanch, Dave Boone, Billiam Coronel, Carol Leifer, Jon Macks, Carrie Fisher
Writer (Special Material): Ellen DeGeneres, Karen Anderson, Vance DeGeneres, Mike Gibbons, Alex Herschlag, Karen Kilgariff, Jeff Stilson, Alison Balian, Liz Feldman, Kevin Leman
Production Design: J. Michael Riva
Costume Design: Kellen Richards, Ret Turner
Choreography: Fatima Robinson


Nominations: 9
Wins: 2
Special Class Programs: Nominee
Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee (Ellen DeGeneres, Host)
Music Direction: Winner
Film Editing for a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
Lighting Design Lighting Direction for a Variety Series: Nominee
Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming: Winner
Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special: Nominee
Technical Direction Camerawork Video Control for a Miniseries Movie or a Special: Nominee

Pre-Show Details

Pre-Show Date/Time: Sunday, February 25, 2007, 5:00pm
Pre-Show Presenter: André Leon Talley, Allyson Waterman

Scientific & Technical Awards

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