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The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004)

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Director: Louis J. Horvitz
Stars: Billy Crystal, Aaliyah, Ben Affleck
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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy Crystal ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Herself - Nominee
Liam Aiken ... Himself
Denys Arcand ... Himself - Nominee
Sean Astin ... Himself
George Axelrod ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Alec Baldwin ... Himself - Nominee & Presenter
William Baldwin ... Himself - Audience Member
Alan Bates ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Jack Black ... Himself - Presenter
Michael Blakey ... Himself
Béatrice Bonifassi ... Herself - Performer
Russell Boyd ... Himself - Winner
Philippa Boyens ... Herself - Winner
Christopher Boyes Christopher Boyes ... Himself - Winner
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Storyline

In the annual awards presentation, the nominated films include The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Lost in Translation (2003), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Mystic River (2003), and Seabiscuit (2003).

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 76th Annual Academy Awards See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) won 11 Oscars, the most winning Oscars of a film, tied with Ben-Hur (1959) and Titanic (1997). See more »

Quotes

Billy Crystal: Now that everyone in New Zealand has been thanked, I'd like to thank everyone on Long Island.
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Connections

Follows The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
to tune of "Come Fly With Me"
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Billy Crystal
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Anything Can Happen...?
26 March 2004 | by travisimoSee all my reviews

…At least that's what host Billy Crystal said in the commercials leading up to the 76th Annual Academy Awards. On the contrary, the 2004 version of the Oscars was probably the most predictable and surprise-free show in the Academy's history. The only thing surprising about the ceremony was just how predictable it would be; in particular, the perfect 11-for-11 award night for "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King." Even the awards to the actors were predictable as odds-on favorites Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, and Renée Zellweger took home Oscars. If only there were any surprises like a Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, or a Johnny Depp win. Nevertheless, the standing ovation for Sean Penn was nice and respectful (even though I didn't really care for his jab at the President, but he deserves recognition for his fine film career).

Despite its monotony, I still somewhat enjoyed the ceremony. Billy Crystal was as good as ever and never lost a beat throughout the three-hour-plus event. His opening video sequence was great also, especially with controversial Michael Moore being squashed in a Lord of the Rings spoof. However, the most hysterical moment went to Will Ferrell and Jack Black as they sang "You're Boring," the unknown lyrics to the music that comes on when winners go a little long on their acceptance speech. Even director Blake Edwards added some humor in his Lifetime Achievement Award, by speeding his wheelchair through a wall and making a very nice speech about all the people that contribute to Hollywood from actors to writers to that one janitor guy!

So the three-hour event did have its moments. There was some good comedy thrown in, some nice music (not exciting music, but nice music), and at least I was able to root for at least one film in each category. Too bad I haven't seen "Return of the King" yet, or it may have been an even better night!

My IMDb Rating: 7/10


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