The Academy Awards

Season 79 Episode 1

The 79th Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 25, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Eddie Murphy was so distressed over losing Best Actor in a Supporting Role to Alan Arkin that he left after the award was announced and did not return to the ceremony. As a result he did not see his Dreamgirls co-star, Jennifer Hudson win Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

    • For the first since the first Oscars in 1929, none of the actors nominated for "Best Actor" received a nomination for a performance in any of the "Best Picture" nominees.

  • Quotes

    • Forrest Whitaker: (accepting the award for Lead Actor) When I was a kid the only way that I saw movies was from the backseat of my family's car at the drive-in, and it wasn't my reality to think I would be acting in movies. So receiving this honor tonight tells me that it's possible, it is possible for a kid from east Texas, raised in South Central L.A., in Carson, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart, to touch them and to have them happen.

    • Ennio Morricone: (Ennio spoke Italian while Clint Eastwood read the translation) Ennio wants to thank the Academy and all the people who really truly wanted him to have this great honor. His deep gratitude goes to all the directors who had faith in him. Without them he says he wouldn't be here today. His thoughts go out to the artists who have never received this honor, and even though they work with enormous commitment and talent, to all of them he wishes that their work would be recognized as his is tonight. He says this Oscar is not a point of arrival but a starting point to continue writing with the same passion and dedication he's had since the very beginning on the screen. He dedicates this Oscar to his wife Maria who has always been there with him all these years, with enormous commitment and love which he feels the same for her. Maria.

    • Ellen DeGeneres: Since the Oscars have decided to go green, I've been told to recycle some of my old jokes.

    • Martin Scorsese: (after winning Best Director) Could you double-check the envelope?

  • Notes

    • The program won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Music Direction.

    • The telecast averaged 39.9 million viewers, slightly higher than last year.

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