The 76th Academy Awards was held on Sunday February 29, 2004. This year the event was held a month earlier then previous years, as a response to the increasingly frantic plugging of films 'for your consideration' and to maintain the Academy's premier place in an expanding award calendar.

This year was hosted by Billy Crystal for the 8th time. There were not many surprises this year as the third Lord of the Rings film whitewashed the opposition with 11 out of 11 successes. Sean Penn also attended the ceremony for the first time despite having been nominated four times in the past. The highlight this year was Blake Edwards accepting his Oscar in a Pink Panther inspired high-speed wheelchair crash.

The nominees and winners (in bold) are:

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Best Actress in a Leading Role: Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Best Animated Feature Film: Best Art Direction: Best Cinematography: Best Costume Design: Best Directing: Best Documentary: Best Documentary (Short): Best Film Editing: Best Foreign Language Film: Best Makeup: Best Music (Scoring): Best Music (Original Song): Best Picture: Best Short Film (Animated): Best Short Film (Live Action): Best Sound: Best Sound Effects Editing: Best Visual Effects: Best Screenplay (Adapted): Best Screenplay (Original): Honorary

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