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‘Baby’ KOs competish

WB pic swings four key nods

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This article was updated at 8:41 p.m.

Warner Bros.’s “Million Dollar Baby” took key nods in several major categories at the 77th Academy Awards, topping the night winning with best pic, for director (Clint Eastwood), actress (Hilary Swank) and supporting actor (Morgan Freeman).

Miramax’s “The Aviator” won the most statues of the evening, taking five for supporting actress, editing, cinematography, costume design and art direction.

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Running commentary from the 77th Academy Awards

After a somewhat bizarre intro from Mr. and Mrs. Focker (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand), the night’s biggest prize goes to “Million Dollar Baby.”

Clint Eastwood wins the Director statuette for “Million Dollar Baby”, puncturing the long teasing buildup of various wins for “The Aviator.” Marty will have to contain his disappointment and wait for another year.

No surprise here — Jamie Foxx wins the Actor trophy for his portrayal of Ray Charles in “Ray.”

Emboldened by its encounter with a frantic Hilary Swank, the 30-second time counter intimidates Charlie Kaufman off the stage. But it can’t take away from him his tightly clutched Oscar for original screenplay.

“The Sea Inside,” about a disabled Spaniard who campaigns for the right to die, wins the Oscar for foreign language film.

“I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.” Hilary Swank takes best actress for her role as Maggie Fitzgerald in “Million Dollar Baby.” She promptly thanks her husband (who would have thought she would get the chance to right that slight?)

Jorge Drexler, denied the chance to sing “Al Otro Lado Del Rio” from “The Motorcycle Diaries” by the kudocast producers, gets his chance anyway, winning original song and poignantly singing a few bars.

HBO takes both docu awards tonight as “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” wins for the Oscar for documentary short subject. Chris Rock wonders why this short film category was presented onstage and not in the parking lot.

John Travolta presents the Oscar for original score to Jan Kaczmarek for “Finding Neverland,” pic’s first win tonight.

“Ray” steals one away from “The Aviator,” taking the stage for achievement in sound mixing. “The Incredibles” wins the Oscar for achievement in sound editing.

Robert Richardson wins the Oscar for Cinematography for the gorgeously photographed “The Aviator,” bringing the tally for the pic to five.

Andrea Arnold wins live action short Film for “Wasp”; Chris Landreth wins animated short film for “Ryan.” In an unusual move, both receive their awards at their seats, instead of onstage.

The pixel-pushers who splashed spiderwebs all over New York City and brought Dr. Octopus’ metal tentacles to menacing life win the Oscar for visual effects for “Spider-Man 2.”

For their masterful depiction of boozy neurosis, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor win the award for adapted screenplay for “Sideways.”

Thelma Schoonmaker’s turn at the controls wins achievement in film editing for “The Aviator.”

Gorged on commercial and critical success, docu “Super-Size Me” won’t be getting any seconds. Instead, it’s “Born Into Brothels” that wins the Oscar for documentary feature.

Costume design goes to Sandy Powell for “The Aviator,” who made it possible for Blanchett and Beckinsale to walk in the shoes — and strut in the gowns — of immortals like Kate Hepburn and Ava Gardner.

The artists who made Jim Carrey unrecognizable as an outrageous, bald, scheming Count Olaf in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” win achievement in makeup.

Pixar stands down a robust double challenge from DreamWorks, winning Animated Feature for “The Incredibles.” Brad Bird, director of the pic and voice of diminutive scene-stealer Edna Mode, collects the award.

To huge cheers, Morgan Freeman wins supporting actor for his nuanced portrayal of Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris, the faded fighter who takes an early shine to Maggie Fitzgerald.

Dante Ferretti, the chief architect of Howard Hughes’ glamorous playboy world and frequent Scorsese collaborator, takes home the Oscar for art direction, with Francesca Lo Schiavo winning for set direction.

And the winners are . . .

PICTURE
WINNER: “Million Dollar Baby” — Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg; a Warner Bros. Pictures Production (Warner Bros.)
“The Aviator” — Michael Mann, Graham King; a Forward Pass/Appian Way/IMF Production
“Finding Neverland” — Richard N. Gladstein, Nellie Bellflower; a FilmColony Production (Miramax)
“Ray” — Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, Howard Baldwin; a Universal Pictures/Bristol Bay Production (Universal)
“Sideways” Michael London, producer, a Sideways Prods. Inc. Production (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox)

DIRECTOR
WINNER: Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby”
Martin Scorsese, “The Aviator”
Taylor Hackford, “Ray”
Alexander Payne, “Sideways”
Mike Leigh, “Vera Drake”

ACTOR
WINNER: Jamie Foxx, “Ray”
Don Cheadle, “Hotel Rwanda”
Johnny Depp, “Finding Neverland”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Aviator”
Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
WINNER: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” — screenplay by Charlie Kaufman; story by Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
“The Aviator” — written by John Logan
“Hotel Rwanda” — written by Keir Pearson, Terry George
“The Incredibles” — written by Brad Bird (Buena Vista)
“Vera Drake” — written by Mike Leigh

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER: “The Sea Inside” — a Sogecine and Himenóptero Production (Spain)
“As It Is in Heaven” — a GF Studios Production (DreamWorks) (Sweden)
“The Chorus (Les Choristes)” — a Galatée Films/Pathé Renn/France 2 Cinema/Novo Arturo Films/Vega Film AG Production (France)
“Downfall” — a Constantin Film Production (Germany)
“Yesterday” a Videovision Entertainment Production (South Africa)

ACTRESS
WINNER: Hilary Swank, “Million Dollar Baby”
Annette Bening, “Being Julia” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Catalina Sandino Moreno, “Maria Full of Grace” (HBO Films in association with Inside Track Films)
Imelda Staunton, “Vera Drake”
Kate Winslet, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (Focus Features)

ORIGINAL SONG
WINNER: “Al Otro Lado Del Río” from “The Motorcycle Diaries,” music and lyric by Jorge Drexler
“Accidentally in Love” from “Shrek 2,” music by Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham, Jim Bogios, David Immergluck, Matthew Mallery and David Bryson; lyric by Adam Duritz and Daniel Vickrey
“Believe” from “The Polar Express,” music and lyric by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
“Learn To Be Lonely” from “The Phantom of the Opera,” music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyric by Charles Hart
“Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)” from “The Chorus (Les Choristes),” music by Bruno Coulais, lyric by Christophe Barratier

ORIGINAL SCORE
WINNER: “Finding Neverland” Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” John Williams
“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” Thomas Newman
“The Passion of the Christ” John Debney
“The Village” James Newton Howard

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
WINNER: “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” Robert Hudson and Bobby Houston, a Tell the Truth Pictures Production
“Autism Is a World” Gerardine Wurzburg, a State of the Art Production
“The Children of Leningradsky” Hanna Polak and Andrzej Celinski, a Hanna Polak Production
“Hardwood” Hubert Davis and Erin Faith Young, a Hardwood Pictures and National Film Board of Canada Production
“Sister Rose’s Passion” Oren Jacoby and Steve Kalafer, a New Jersey Studios Production

SOUND EDITING
WINNER: “The Incredibles” Michael Silvers and Randy Thom
“The Polar Express” Randy Thom and Dennis Leonard
“Spider-Man 2” Paul N.J. Ottosson

SOUND MIXING
WINNER: “Ray” Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer and Steve Cantamessa
“The Aviator” Tom Fleischman and Petur Hliddal
“The Incredibles” Randy Thom, Gary A. Rizzo and Doc Kane
“The Polar Express” Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis Sands and William B. Kaplan
“Spider-Man 2” Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Joseph Geisinger

CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER: “The Aviator” Robert Richardson
“House of Flying Daggers” Zhao Xiaoding (Sony Pictures Classics)
“The Passion of the Christ” Caleb Deschanel (Icon and Newmarket)
“The Phantom of the Opera” John Mathieson (Warner Bros.)
“A Very Long Engagement” Bruno Delbonnel (Warner Independent Pictures)

ANIMATED SHORT
WINNER: “Ryan” Chris Landreth, a Copper Heart Entertainment & National Film Board of Canada Production
“Birthday Boy” Sejong Park and Andrew Gregory, an Australian Film, TV and Radio School Production
“Gopher Broke” Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller, a Blur Studio Production
“Guard Dog” Bill Plympton, a Bill Plympton Production
“Lorenzo” Mike Gabriel and Baker Bloodworth, a Walt Disney Pictures Production

LIVE ACTION SHORT
WINNER: “Wasp” Andrea Arnold, a Cowboy Films Production
“Everything in This Country Must” Gary McKendry, a Six Mile Production
“Little Terrorist” Ashvin Kumar, an Alipur Films Production
“7:35 in the Morning (7:35 de la Mañana)” Nacho Vigalondo, a Ibarretxe & Co. Production
“Two Cars, One Night” Taika Waititi and Ainsley Gardiner, a Defender Films Limited Production

VISUAL EFFECTS
WINNER: “Spider-Man 2” John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara and John Frazier
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” Roger Guyett, Tim Burke, John Richardson and Bill George
“I, Robot” John Nelson, Andrew R. Jones, Erik Nash and Joe Letteri

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WINNER: “Sideways” — screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
“Before Sunset” — screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawk; story by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan
“Finding Neverland” — screenplay by David Magee
“Million Dollar Baby” — screenplay by Paul Haggis
“The Motorcycle Diaries” — screenplay by José Rivera

FILM EDITING
WINNER: “The Aviator” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Collateral” Jim Miller and Paul Rubell
“Finding Neverland” Matt Chesse
“Million Dollar Baby” Joel Cox
“Ray” Paul Hirsch

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
WINNER: “Born into Brothels” Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, a Red Light Films Production (THINKFilm)
“The Story of the Weeping Camel” Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa, a Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München Production (THINKFilm)
“Super Size Me” Morgan Spurlock, a Kathbur Productions/The Con Production (Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn Films)
“Tupac: Resurrection” Lauren Lazin and Karolyn Ali, an MTV – Amaru Entertainment Production (Paramount)
“Twist of Faith” Kirby Dick and Eddie Schmidt, a Chain Camera Pictures Production

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
WINNER: Cate Blanchett, “The Aviator”
Laura Linney, “Kinsey”
Virginia Madsen, “Sideways”
Sophie Okonedo, “Hotel Rwanda”
Natalie Portman, “Closer”

COSTUME DESIGN
WINNER: “The Aviator” Sandy Powell
“Finding Neverland” Alexandra Byrne
“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” Colleen Atwood
“Ray” Sharen Davis
“Troy” Bob Ringwood

MAKEUP
WINNER: “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” Valli O’Reilly and Bill Corso
“The Passion of the Christ” Keith Vanderlaan and Christien Tinsley
“The Sea Inside” Jo Allen and Manuel García

ANIMATED FEATURE
WINNER: “The Incredibles” Brad Bird
“Shark Tale” Bill Damaschka (DreamWorks)
“Shrek 2” Andrew Adamson (DreamWorks)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
WINNER: Morgan Freeman, “Million Dollar Baby
Alan Alda, “The Aviator”
Thomas Haden Church, “Sideways”
Jamie Foxx, “Collateral” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Clive Owen, “Closer” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

ART DIRECTION
WINNER: “The Aviator” Dante Ferretti, art direction; Francesca Lo Schiavo, set decoration
“Finding Neverland” Gemma Jackson, art direction; Trisha Edward, set decoration
“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” Rick Heinrichs, art direction; Cheryl A. Carasik, set decoration
“The Phantom of the Opera” Anthony Pratt, art direction; Celia Bobak, set decoration
“A Very Long Engagement” Aline Bonetto, art direction

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