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Films contending for the annual awards include Brokeback Mountain (2005), Capote (2005), Crash (2004/I), Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) and Munich (2005). | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jon Stewart ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amy Adams ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Moustapha Akkad ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Jessica Alba ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing

Eddie Albert ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert Altman ... Himself - Honorary Award Recipient

Jennifer Aniston ... Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design

Colleen Atwood ... Herself - Winner: Best Costume Design

Lauren Bacall ... Herself - Presenter: Introduced to Film noir

Eric Bana ... Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing

Anne Bancroft ... Herself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)
Paul Beauregard ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Song

Dion Beebe ... Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography

Barbara Bel Geddes ... Herself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Howard Berger ... Himself - Winner: Best Makeup
Nicole Berger ... Dancer
John Box ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Steve Box ... Himself - Winner: Best Animated Feature
Christopher Boyes ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing

Zach Braff ... Chicken Little - Presenter: Best Animated Short Film (voice)

Sandra Bullock ... Herself - Presenter: Best Art Direction

Tim Burton ... Himself - Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film

Jordi Caballero ... Dancer

John Canemaker ... Himself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film

Kate Capshaw ... Herself - Audience Member

Steve Carell ... Himself- Presenter: Best Makeup

Cindera Che ... Dancer

George Clooney ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role / Nominee: Best Director and Best Original Screenplay / Presenter: In Memoriam
Cedric Coleman ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Song

Russell Crowe ... Himself - Presenter: Biographical Film Montage

Joan Cusack ... Abby Mallard - Co-presenter: Best Animated Short Film (voice)

Yves Darondeau ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature

Sandra Dee ... Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Judi Dench ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Matt Dillon ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Will Ferrell ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Makeup

John Fiedler ... Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Jamie Foxx ... Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Anthony Franciosa ... Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Morgan Freeman ... Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Mohandas K. Gandhi ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mahatma Gandhi)

Sidney Ganis ... Himself - Academy President (as Sid Ganis)

Jennifer Garner ... Presenter - Best Sound Editing
Lou Gehrig ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul Giamatti ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Guy Green ... Himself - memorial sequence (archive footage)

Jake Gyllenhaal ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Presenter:Introduced a segment on epic films

Paul Haggis ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay

Tom Hanks ... Himself - Presenter: Best Director

Salma Hayek ... Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score

Kasie Head ... Trophy Presenter
Michael Hedges ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
Debra Hill ... Herself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)
Joel Hirschhorn ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Dustin Hoffman ... Himself - Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Gavin Hood ... Himself - Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Mike Hopkins ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Editing

Jordan Houston ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Song

Terrence Howard ... Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Short & Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Felicity Huffman ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

William Hurt ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Alberto Iglesias ... Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score

Samuel L. Jackson ... Himself - Presenter: Introduced to Political films
Luc Jacquet ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature

Tom Kane ... Announcer

Catherine Keener ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Kathleen Kennedy ... Herself - Nominee: Best Picture

Nicole Kidman ... Herself - Presenter: Best Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Tuesday Knight ... Herself

Keira Knightley ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Robert Knudson ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)
Tami Lane ... Herself - Winner: Best Makeup

Queen Latifah ... Herself - Presenter: Best Original Song

Heath Ledger ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Ang Lee ... Himself - Winner: Best Director
Ernest Lehman ... Himself, in memorial sequence (archive footage)

Joe Letteri ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Stu Linder ... Himself, in memorial sequence (archive footage)

Jennifer Lopez ... Herself - Presenter: Hosted the Scientific and Technical Awards

Ludacris ... Himself - Presenter: Song Performance 'It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp' (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)

William H. Macy ... Himself

Corinne Marrinan ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Short

Rachel McAdams ... Herself - Presenter: Scientific & Technical Achievement Awards

James McAvoy ... Himself / Mr. Tumnus, the Faun (archive footage)

Martin McDonagh ... Himself - Winner: Best Live Action Short Film

Frances McDormand ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Larry McMurtry ... Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay

Ismail Merchant ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Bennett Miller ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director

John Mills ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Terry Moore ... Herself - Audience Member

Robert Moresco ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay (as Bobby Moresco)

Pat Morita ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage) (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)

John Myhre ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
John Nash ... Himself (archive footage) (as John Forbes Nash)
Robert F. Newmyer ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)
Fayard Nicholas ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Jack Nicholson ... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture

Dan O'Herlihy ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Diana Ossana ... Herself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay & Nominee: Best Picture

Nick Park ... Himself - Winner: Best Animated Feature

Dolly Parton ... Herself - Nominee: Best Original Song and Performer: Travelin' Thru
George S. Patton ... Himself (archive footage)
Hammond Peek ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing

Chris Penn ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Itzhak Perlman ... Himself - Performer: musical selections from the movies nominated for Best Original Score

Brock Peters ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Marisa Petroro ... Trophy Presenter

Joaquin Phoenix ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Rodrigo Prieto ... Himself - Nominee: Best Cinematography

Richard Pryor ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)
Susan Raab Simonson ... Herself - Guest

Joe Ranft ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)
Gretchen Rau ... Herself - Winner: Best Art Direction

Keanu Reeves ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction
Christian Rivers ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Audience Member

Jane Russell ... Herself - Audience Member

Gustavo Santaolalla ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Score

Vincent Schiavelli ... Memorial sequence (archive footage)
Robert J. Schiffer ... Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Cathy Schulman ... Herself - Winner: Best Picture
Michael Semanick ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing

Moira Shearer ... Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Dean Silvers ... Himself
Forrest Silvers ... Himself

Simone Simon ... Memorial sequence (archive footage)
Eric Simonson ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Short Film

Will Smith ... Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film

Steven Spielberg ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Director

Kevin Alexander Stea ... Dancer - It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp

Peggy Stern ... Herself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film

Ben Stiller ... Himself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects

David Strathairn ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Meryl Streep ... Herself - Co-presenter: Honorary Award to Robert Altman

Hilary Swank ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Richard Taylor ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Charlize Theron ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Documentary Feature

Three 6 Mafia ... Themselves - Performers ("It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp")

Uma Thurman ... Herself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay

Lily Tomlin ... Herself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Robert Altman

John Travolta ... Himself - Presenter: Best Cinematography

Casey Tutton ... Steve Martin's Daughter in Jon Stewart's Opening Film

Ryan Tutton ... Steve Martin's Son in Jon Stewart's Opening Film

Ethan Van der Ryn ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Editing
Brian Van't Hul ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Nacho Vigalondo ... Himself - Audience Member

Naomi Watts ... Herself - Presenter: Introduced the performance of Travelin' Thru

Rachel Weisz ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Onna White ... Herself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

John Williams ... Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score

Michelle Williams ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Luke Wilson ... Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film

Owen Wilson ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film

Rita Wilson ... Herself - Audience Member

Hughes Winborne ... Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing

Shelley Winters ... Herself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Robert Wise ... Himself, in memorial sequence (archive footage)

Reese Witherspoon ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Animated Feature

Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Himself (archive footage) (as Ed Wood)

Teresa Wright ... Memorial sequence (archive footage)

Kathleen York ... Herself - Nominee: Best Original Song & Performer: In the Deep (as Kathleen 'Bird' York)

Hawk Younkins ... Himself

Danielle Yu ... Trophy Presenter

Ziyi Zhang ... Herself - Presenter: Best Film Editing

Javier Bardem ... Ramón Sampedro (archive footage) (uncredited)

Halle Berry ... Herself, in opening segment (uncredited)

Stephen Colbert ... Narrator of Attack Ads (voice) (uncredited)

Billy Crystal ... Himself, in opening segment [pre-recorded] (uncredited)

Mel Gibson ... Himself, in opening segment [pre-recorded] (uncredited)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself, in opening segment (uncredited)
Russ Leatherman ... Mr. Moviefone (uncredited)

David Letterman ... Himself, in opening segment [pre-recorded] (uncredited)

Steve Martin ... Himself, in opening segment (uncredited)
Tim Byron Owen ... Saxaphonist (uncredited)

Chris Rock ... Himself, in opening segment [pre-recorded] (uncredited)

Marcus D. Spencer ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis J. Horvitz 
Roger Goodman (countdown show)
Troy Miller (opening film)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rich Blomquist 
Josh Bycel 
Tim Carvell 
Jonathan Fener 
Brendan Hay 
Scott Jacobson 
David Javerbaum 
Ben Karlin 
Jon Macks 
Jason Reich 
Rodney Rothman  special material: Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart 
Dan Vebber 

Produced by
Rory Albanese .... contributing producer: montage (segment "Gay Cowboy")
Tracey Baird .... executive producer (segments "Opening Film", "Attack Ads")
Tally Barr .... producer
Gilbert Cates .... producer
Elliott Kalan .... contributing producer (montage "Gay Cowboy")
Seth Kleinberg .... technical producer: show graphics
Troy Miller .... executive producer: opening film
Quinn Monahan .... segment producer
Michael B. Seligman .... associate producer
Michael J. Shapiro .... segment producer
Robert Shapiro .... co-producer (as Robert Z. Shapiro)
Allan Wells .... screens producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Patrick Alexander Stewart (segment "Opening Film")
Film Editing by
Kabir Akhtar 
June Beallor 
Jon Bloom 
Maura Corey 
Karen Erickson 
Alexandra Komisaruk 
Paul Marengo 
Dirk Meenen 
Troy Miller 
Nathaniel Park 
Michael J. Shapiro 
Skylar Smith 
Douglass M. Stewart Jr. 
Chuck Workman 
Production Design by
Roy Christopher 
Art Direction by
Greg Richman 
Makeup Department
Lori Benson .... makeup artist
Gloria Pasqua Casny .... hair stylist
Robert Ramos .... hair stylist: Jessica Alba
Susan Seligman .... makeup artist
Emilio Uribe .... key hair stylist
Production Management
John Brooks Caldwell .... production manager
Gary L. Margolis .... assistant post-production supervisor
Rob Paine .... production manager
Jen Smilk .... production manager
Victoria Zika .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Kettle .... associate director
Art Department
Dan Butts .... production designer: opening film/attack ads
Joe Celli .... assistant art director
Simon Clowes .... designer
Matt Corrigan .... specialty set piece construction
Hugh Grew .... electronic graphics
Gloria Lamb .... art department coordinator
Jordan Noce .... art department
Kelley Wright .... assistant art director: pre-show sets
Sound Department
Patrick Baltzell .... house p.a.
Elliott Cowand .... location sound mixer: opening sequence
Robert Douglass .... additional audio mixer
Ed Greene .... sound director (as Edward J. Greene)
Jamie Santos .... post audio mixer
John A. Willingham .... sound engineer
Visual Effects by
Mike Oakley .... digital rotoscope artist (as Michael Anthony Oakley Walls)
Brian Obee .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Claire Abreu .... camera utility
Theodore Ashton .... camera operator (as Ted Ashton)
Rob Balton .... camera operator (as Robert Balton)
Robert T. Barnhart .... lighting director (as Robert Barnhart)
John Burdick .... camera operator
Brett Crutcher .... camera operator
Darren Decker .... still photographer
Robert A. Dickinson .... lighting designer
Dave Eastwood .... camera operator (as David Eastwood)
Aaron Fitzgerald .... camera operator
Dean Hall .... camera operator
Greg Harbaugh .... still photographer
Richard Harbaugh .... still photographer
Marc Hunter .... camera operator
Charlie Huntley .... camera operator
David Levisohn .... camera operator (as Dave Levisohn)
Michael L. Lewin .... rigging grip
Jay Millard .... camera operator
Lyn Noland .... camera operator
Andy O'Reilly .... lighting director
Rob Palmer .... camera operator
Bill Philbin .... camera operator
David Plakos .... camera operator
Hector Ramirez .... camera operator
Brian Reason .... camera operator
Chuck Reilly .... video controller
Mark Sanford .... video controller
Deena Sheldon .... camera operator (segment "CountDown Show")
Todd Wawrychuk .... still photographer
Mark Whitman .... camera operator
Kris Wilson .... camera operator
Keith Winikoff .... video controller
Easter Xua .... camera operator
Martijn Veltman .... gaffer: opening film (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aaron Millsap .... costumer
Editorial Department
Brady Betzel .... post-production assistant
John M. Cox .... assistant editor
Philip D'Amour .... post-production coordinator
Ben Folts .... assistant editor
Doug Hannah .... assistant editor
Kevin O'Dea .... assistant editor
Michael Pistello .... assistant editor
Michael Polito .... editor: video tape (as Mike Polito)
Jeff Roe .... editor: video tape
Music Department
Bill Conti .... musical director
Ashley Irwin .... music arranger
Fletcher Sheridan .... musician
Thomas Vicari .... orchestra mixer
Other crew
Richard Alindogan .... production coordinator
Drew Baldwin .... production assistant
Matt Beckner .... talent assistant
Greg Bellavia .... production assistant
Rich Bokides .... production assistant
Michael Bouson .... assistant credentials coordinator
Deborah Cahn .... credentials manager
Joshua Carmer .... production assistant
Michael Redford Carney .... talent manager (as Michael Carney)
Mary Chau .... script assistant
Cindera Che .... dancer
Kimble Christian .... red carpet
Jennie Cote .... production secretary
Vicki Crawford .... film coordinator
Alanna De Carlo .... production assistant
Tina Cannizzaro DeBone .... script coordinator
Betsy Dennis .... assistant: Michael Seligman
A.J. Diantonio .... production manager: opening film
Thomas F. Evans .... communications coordinator
Daniel Ezralow .... choreographer
John B. Field .... technical director
Christopher Gaida .... talent escort
Khristine Gomez .... talent coordinator
Anthony Gonzales .... technical manager
Renato Grgic .... title designer
Zac Henry .... fiber optics technician
Danette Herman .... executive in charge of talent
Ryan Kevin Ho .... production associate
Athena Zoe Hogue .... talent page
Nathan Holzman .... production assistant
Patty Jovel .... talent assistant
Michael Kettering .... production assistant
Seth Kleinberg .... technical producer: show graphics
Crystal La Pietra .... production assistant
Kristen Laidley .... production assistant
Marjorie Mann .... production coordinator
Eddie Matazzoni .... intern to producer
Kevin Wade McDonald .... telecommunications
Joanie Michele .... production assistant
Troy James Miller .... production manager: show graphics
Adam Mishler .... production assistant
Christina Montaño .... production assistant
Jenny Morgan .... production assistant
Vanessa J. Noon .... coordinator: engineering department
Alen Petkovic .... title designer
Kristijan Petrovic .... title designer
Kevin Q. Pong .... production assistant
Richard A. Preuss .... associate director
Deborah Read .... associate director
William F. Reed .... production assistant
Kenneth Shapiro .... technical director
Brandon Shemper .... stage production assistant
Raffi Simonian .... creative director
Phillip Sino-Cruz .... production associate
Joni Smith .... production assistant
Shannon P. Smith .... script coordinator
Jenny Stanley .... script supervisor
Ryan Strobis .... production assistant
Kristen Patterson Terry .... audience executive
Jon Teschner .... title designer
Amir Thomas .... production assistant
Toni Thompson .... show publicist
Christina Tong .... production coordinator
Shannon Noel Webb .... executive assistant to Gil Cates
Allan Wells .... technical director
Courtney Wieden .... communications coordinator
Courtney Wieden .... production assistant

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Additional Details

214 min (including commercials)

Did You Know?

First time since 1957 that each of the top 6 awards - Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress - went to 6 different movies. These were respectively Crash (2004/I), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Capote (2005), Walk the Line (2005), Syriana (2005) and The Constant Gardener (2005).See more »
Jon Stewart:[about George Clooney's three nominations] Two of the nominations for 'Good Night, and Good Luck.', which is not just Edward R. Murrow's signoff, it's also how Mr. Clooney ends all his dates.See more »
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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The academy regained some if its credibility., 23 March 2006
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Not only was this is a good show to watch, also most of the winners were surprising. No movie swept away the awards and the 'big' Oscars were evenly handed among the favorite movies of the evening. It made it a very unpredictable evening and because of that it also was fun to watch. It's never fun to see one movie just win all of the 'big' Oscars, especially when the movie is not deserving enough of it. So, for the more neutral and unbiased viewer, like myself, this was a great awards show in which the Adademy Awards, for me, regained some of its credibility and respect.

The show was fast paced and there weren't any slow or distracting moments. All of the presenters were good and didn't try to be forced funny all the time, like often in the past was the case. As for Jon Stewart, he surprised me. I never really had been a fan of him but he was a great presenter of the evening. Unlike the other presenters from the past, he stood there as a presenter that told some fun jokes in between and not as a comedian who tried to make the audience laugh with basically every single sentence. Stewart never overdid things and because of that he was a great presenter that also was fun to listen to.

A bit disappointing however were the montages. I normally always enjoy the montages during the Oscars but the montages used this year contained some weird and unimpressive movie choices at times. It also got a bit tiresome after a while when they kept repeating to the viewers that they should watch movies in theater's rather than home on DVD or on portable-DVD. It felt like one big, unpaid for, advert that in my opinion also was just totally pointless.

As for the winners...Like I said before, it was a great evening for the neutral movie-viewer. It was a mostly unpredictable evening, with some great and also some surprising winners. The Oscars were handed out extremely even and fair this year. "King Kong" took home 3 Oscar, as well as "Memoirs of a Geisha", "Crash" and "Brokeback Mountain". "King Kong" won the most important technical awards, "Memoirs of a Geisha" the most important visual awards and both "Crash" and "Brokeback Mountain" won the 'big' important awards. So, it was a very balanced evening for most movies.

Not all of the awards were a surprise though of course. Most movie buffs already knew that it was simply bound to happen once, that Philip Seymour Hoffman would win an Oscar for best actor and it really was no surprise to anyone that he won this year for his role in "Capote". It also was fairly determined that Reese Witherspoon would receive the Oscar for best actress, which she also did. Judi Dench already had received enough nominations and credit, plus she already won an Oscar once, Charlize Theron already one won recently, Keira Knightley will almost certainly still win an Oscar later within about 5 or maybe 10 years, the way her career progresses at the moment. She's young, talented and beautiful, so she'll get there. And Felicity Huffman...yeah right, like she even had a chance. So no, also Reese Witherspoon was surely no surprise, also because she already had won many other big awards this year for her role in "Walk the Line". Also no real surprises were; "La Marche de l'empereur" for best documentary feature, "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" for best animated feature film and George Clooney for his supporting role in the movie "Syriana". Clooney was nominated two more times, first best screenplay and directing for "Good Night, and Good Luck.". Three nominations, so he was almost bound to receive one. For best screenplay and best directing would had been too controversial, so giving him one for his acting seemed like a fair and predictable move. Clooney himself also knew that he wouldn't receive the Oscar for best screenplay or directing after he had one the best supporting actor award.

Of course biggest surprise of the evening was "Crash" winning the best picture award, especially after Ang Lee already had won the best director award during the evening. Everyone basically assumed that "Brokeback Mountain" would win best picture and most of the other important awards of the evening, with maybe "Good Night, and Good Luck." as the most important underdog. Yeah sure "Crash" had 6 nominations this evening but honestly, who would had ever expected it to win so many and important awards. The movie almost didn't seem to make a chance to win against "Brokeback Mountain" and any of the other movies nominated. But yet it won, which is good for the unpredictability, surprise and credibility level of this year's award ceremony.

All in all, "The 78th Annual Academy Awards" was an unpredictable and fun evening with a good presented- and fast show set around it. 2005 was a great and competitive year for the Oscar's. No one will totally agree with the Oscar's handed out this year but for the neutral viewer there was plenty to enjoy.


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