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The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) Poster

(2008 TV Special)

Trivia

First-time nominee Hal Holbrook became the oldest male performer ever to be nominated for an acting Oscar. The distinction was formerly held by Ralph Richardson.
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Of all the movies nominated, the only one to receive more than one nomination for acting was Michael Clayton (2007) (it received three).
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Set a new record for the number of films with acting nominations: 18.
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Joel Coen and Ethan Coen always edit their movies themselves under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes. During the rundown of the Achievement in Film Editing nominees, a picture of a Dust Bowl-era farmer (which the Coens found in a book) was shown instead of one of Joel and Ethan. The Coens insist so strongly that Roderick Jaynes is real that, had "he" won the Best Editing Oscar, they would not have accepted the award, even on "his" behalf.
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For the first time ever, three of the five Best Original Screenplay nominees - Diablo Cody's Juno (2007), Tamara Jenkins' The Savages (2007) and Nancy Oliver's Lars and the Real Girl (2007) - were written by women.
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The WGA writer's strike 2007/2008, which was supported by the SAG of which many of the nominated actors where members, ended only 11 days prior to the show.
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First-time nominees Ruby Dee and Hal Holbrook (both 83 at the time of the Awards) were both born in Cleveland, Ohio, within six months of each other. Dee is the older one of the two.
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For the first time since 1965, all four acting winners were non-Americans (Tilda Swinton and Daniel Day-Lewis are British, Javier Bardem is Spanish and Marion Cotillard is French).
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Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's win for Best Director marks only the second time that director-collaborators won directing Oscars. (Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, directors of West Side Story (1961), are the only other duo to do so.)
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Heath Ledger was the final person depicted in the memorial tribute. His accidental death occurred on the day the Oscar nominations were announced. The following year, Ledger was posthumously awarded Best Supporting Actor for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
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