2007 in film

The following is an overview of events in 2007 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths. The highest-grossing film of the year was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which was just ahead of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 2007 is often considered one of the greatest years for film in the 21st century.[1][2][3] This would be the last year in which no film grossed at least $1 billion at the worldwide box office until 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the theatrical releases of many films.

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Evaluation of the yearEdit

Many have considered 2007 to be one of the greatest years for film in the 21st century.

In his article from April 18, 2017, which highlighted the best movies of 2007, critic Mark Allison of Den of Geek said, "2007 must surely be remembered as one of the finest years in English-language film-making, quite possibly the best of this century so far. Like 1939, 1976, or 1994, it was one of those years in which a succession of veritable classics came into being. So many, in fact, that some of the best examples were cruelly overlooked by the hype machine of the day." He also emphasized, "If 2007 proves anything, it's that classic films aren't just a relic of ages past; they're being made all around us. I can't wait to see what we’re watching in another ten years’ time."[1]

Critic Craig Johnson from the film review and movie list website Taste of Cinema said in an article from December 16, 2014, "For one glorious year, it (2007) was like the 1970s all over again. Smart characters were using their brains as weapons. Movie stars were challenging themselves with tough roles. Punches were not pulled. Happy endings were not guaranteed. There was a parade of intelligent movies, seemingly made for adults to watch while the kids were watching Transformers".[2]

Highest-grossing filmsEdit

The top 10 films released in 2007 by worldwide gross are as follows:[4]

Highest-grossing films of 2007
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Disney $960,996,492
2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $941,676,843
3 Spider-Man 3 Sony Pictures / Columbia $894,983,373
4 Shrek the Third Paramount / DreamWorks $813,367,380
5 Transformers Paramount / DreamWorks $709,709,780
6 Ratatouille Disney $623,726,085
7 I Am Legend Warner Bros. $585,410,052
8 The Simpsons Movie Fox $536,414,270
9 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Disney $459,242,249
10 300 Warner Bros. $456,068,181

EventsEdit

Month Day Event
January 9 33rd People's Choice Awards: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest wins Favorite Movie, Favorite Movie Drama, and Favorite On Screen Matchup for Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. Depp also wins Favorite Male Action Star and Favorite Male Movie Star.
13 64th Golden Globe Awards: Major winners include Dreamgirls and Babel.
20 Little Miss Sunshine is chosen as best picture by the Producers Guild of America.
22 The Golden Raspberry Awards announces picks for worst film achievement in 2007, with both Little Man and Basic Instinct 2 leading with seven nominations. Other nominees included Lady in the Water, RV, The Shaggy Dog, and Date Movie.
23 79th Academy Awards nominations announced, leading films are:
28 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Helen Mirren, for Best Female Actor, Forest Whitaker, for Best Male Actor, Eddie Murphy, for Best Male Supporting Actor, Jennifer Hudson, for Best Female Supporting Actor.
February 15 BAFTA Awards: Major winners include Helen Mirren, Best Actress and Forest Whitaker, Best Actor
24 Basic Instinct 2 dominates the Golden Raspberry Awards, walking away with 4 awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Actress (Sharon Stone). M. Night Shyamalan wins Worst Director and Worst Supporting Actor for Lady in the Water. Other awards include Shawn and Marlon Wayans for Little Man and Carmen Electra for Scary Movie 4 and Date Movie.
25 79th Academy Awards: The Departed wins picture and director (Martin Scorsese) and two other awards. Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) win top acting awards for leading roles, while Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) win top acting awards for supporting roles.
March 27 12th Empire Awards: Casino Royale wins the most awards with three including Best Film and Best Actor for Daniel Craig.
April 25 The 2007 Tribeca Film Festival opens with notable films such as Spider-Man 3 and Surf's Up.
May 6 Spider-Man 3 finishes weekend with a total weekend gross of $151,116,516, breaking the previous record set by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
27 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a Romanian film by Cristian Mungiu wins the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes Film Festival. Paranoid Park, a film by Gus Van Sant wins the 60th Anniversary Prize.
June 20 The American Film Institute holds a revised edition of 100 Years...100 Movies. Citizen Kane retains its place as the greatest movie of the past century.
September 12 Producer Gil Cates elects Jon Stewart as MC for the 80th Academy Awards.
November 5 12,000 writers of the Writers Guild of America go on strike affecting both motion picture and television production, including the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards in 2008.
December 13 Nomination for the 65th Golden Globe Awards are announced. Atonement earns the most entries with seven. Charlie Wilson's War follows with five.

AwardsEdit

Category/Organization 13th Critics' Choice Awards
January 7, 2008
65th Golden Globe Awards
January 13, 2008
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards 61st BAFTA Awards
February 10, 2008
80th Academy Awards
February 24, 2008
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film No Country for Old Men Atonement Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street No Country for Old Men Atonement No Country for Old Men
Best Director Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
No Country for Old Men
Julian Schnabel
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
No Country for Old Men
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis
There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Daniel Day-Lewis
There Will Be Blood
Best Actress Julie Christie
Away From Her
Marion Cotillard
La Vie en Rose
Julie Christie
Away From Her
Marion Cotillard
La Vie en Rose
Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem
No Country for Old Men
Best Supporting Actress Amy Ryan
Gone Baby Gone
Cate Blanchett
I'm Not There
Ruby Dee
American Gangster
Tilda Swinton
Michael Clayton
Best Screenplay, Adapted Diablo Cody
Juno
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
No Country for Old Men
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
No Country for Old Men
Ronald Harwood
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
No Country for Old Men
Best Screenplay, Original Diablo Cody
Juno
Best Animated Film Ratatouille
Best Original Score There Will Be Blood
Jonny Greenwood
Atonement
Dario Marianelli
N/A La Vie en Rose
Christopher Gunning
Atonement
Dario Marianelli
Best Original Song "Falling Slowly"
Once
"Guaranteed"
Into the Wild
N/A N/A "Falling Slowly"
Once
Best Foreign Language Film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly N/A The Lives of Others The Counterfeiters

2007 filmsEdit

The list of films released in 2007, arranged by country, are as follows:

Notable deathsEdit

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 A. I. Bezzerides 98 US Author, Screenwriter
4 Ben Gannon 54 Australia Producer
4 Christopher Greenbury 55 UK Film Editor
8 Yvonne De Carlo 84 Canada Actress
8 Iwao Takamoto 81 US Director
10 Carlo Ponti 94 Italy Producer
11 Tudor Gates 77 UK Screenwriter, Producer
14 Harvey Cohen 55 US Composer, Orchestrator
16 Ron Carey 71 US Actor
19 Denny Doherty 66 Canada Actor, Singer
21 Myrtle Devenish 94 UK Actress
22 Anna Cropper 68 UK Actress
23 David M. Ronne 63 US Sound Mixer
27 Tige Andrews 86 US Actor, Writer
28 Teala Loring 84 US Actress
30 Sidney Sheldon 89 US Writer, Producer
February 1 George Robotham 86 Germany Stuntman, Actor, Director
3 Donfeld 72 US Costume Designer
4 Barbara McNair 72 US Actress, Singer
6 Frankie Laine 93 US Actor, Singer
8 Anna Nicole Smith 39 US Actress
9 Ian Richardson 72 UK Actor
9 Erik Schumann 82 Germany Actor
12 Peter Ellenshaw 93 US Special Effects, Visual Effects
12 Randy Stone 48 US Casting Director, Actor
14 Ryan Larkin 63 Canada Animator, Director, Producer
14 Lee Patterson 77 US Actor
19 Janet Blair 85 US Actress
24 Bruce Bennett 100 US Actor
March 1 Harold Michelson 87 US Art Director
7 Andy Sidaris 76 US Director, Writer
8 John Inman 71 UK Actor
10 Richard Jeni 49 US Comedian, Actor
12 Betty Hutton 86 US Actress, Singer
13 Herbert Fux 79 Switzerland Actor, Director
14 Gareth Hunt 65 UK Actor
15 Stuart Rosenberg 79 US Director
17 Freddie Francis 89 UK Cinematographer, Director
19 Calvert DeForest 85 US Actor
20 John P. Ryan 70 US Actor
22 Bradley Lavelle 48 UK Actor
25 Lynn Merrick 87 US Actress
26 Bill Capizzi 70 US Actor
29 Howard Goorney 85 UK Actor
29 Calvin Lockhart 72 Bahamas Actor
April 1 George Sewell 82 UK Actor
4 Bob Clark 67 US Director
4 Edward Mallory 76 US Actor, Producer
6 Luigi Comencini 90 Italy Director
6 George Jenkins 98 US Production Designer
7 Barry Nelson 89 US Actor
8 Roscoe Lee Browne 79 US Actor
10 Jack Williams 85 US Stuntman, Actor
17 Kitty Carlisle 96 US Actress, Singer
19 Jean-Pierre Cassel 74 France Actor
24 Roy Jenson 80 US Stuntman, Actor
27 Al Hunter Ashton 49 UK Actor, Writer
28 Dabbs Greer 90 UK Actor
30 Tom Poston 85 US Actor
May 6 Curtis Harrington 80 US Director
7 Mark Burns 71 UK Actor
7 Nicholas Worth 69 US Actor
11 Bernard Gordon 88 US Screenwriter
15 Yolanda King 51 US Actress
21 Bruno Mattei 75 Italy Director
22 Art Stevens 92 US Animator
25 Charles Nelson Reilly 76 US Actor, Voice Actor
29 Norman Kaye 80 Australia Actor
30 Jean-Claude Brialy 74 France Actor
30 Nick Ramus 77 US Actor
June 2 Charles Evans 81 US Producer
9 Alma Beltran 87 Mexico Actress
9 Ousmane Sembène 84 Senegal Director, Writer
11 Mala Powers 75 US Actress
14 Alex Thomson 78 UK Cinematographer
28 Leo Burmester 63 US Actor
29 Edward Yang 59 Taiwan Director
July 5 Kerwin Mathews 81 UK Actor
9 Charles Lane 102 US Actor
13 Michael Reardon 42 US Actor
15 Kieron Moore 82 France Actor, Writer, Director
19 Laura Devon 76 US Actress
22 Laszlo Kovacs 74 Hungary Cinematographer
23 Joan O'Hara 76 Ireland Actress
26 John Normington 70 UK Actor
27 William J. Tuttle 95 US Make-up Artist
29 Mike Reid 67 Spain Stuntman, Actor
30 Michelangelo Antonioni 94 Italy Director
30 Ingmar Bergman 89 Sweden Director
August 3 James T. Callahan 76 US Actor
5 Peter Graham Scott 82 UK Director
7 Hal Fishman 75 US Broadcaster
8 Melville Shavelson 90 US Screenwriter, Director
12 Merv Griffin 82 US Producer, Actor
13 Geoffrey Wilkinson 64 UK Actor
22 Keith Knight 51 Canada Actor
23 Robert Symonds 80 US Actor
24 Aaron Russo 80 US Producer
25 Elizabeth Inglis 94 US Actress
28 Miyoshi Umeki 78 Japan Actress
30 José Luis de Vilallonga 87 Spain Director
September 2 Marcia Mae Jones 83 US Actress
3 Steve Ryan 60 US Actor
4 Michael Evans 87 US Actor
5 Nikos Nikolaidis 67 Greece Director
5 Charlotte Zucker 86 US Actress Airplane!, My Best Friend's Wedding, Ghost
6 Percy Rodriguez 89 Canada Actor
10 Jane Wyman 90 US Actress
14 Emilio Ruiz del Río 84 Spain Set Designer
19 Christine Hewitt 64 UK Actress, Double
21 Alice Ghostley 81 US Actress
22 Karl Hardman 80 US Actor, Producer
22 Marcel Marceau 84 France Actor, Mime
28 Charles B. Griffith 77 US Screenwriter
28 Martin Manulis 92 US Producer
29 Lois Maxwell 80 Canada Actress
October 2 George Grizzard 79 US Actor
6 Bud Ekins 77 US Stunt Performer
9 Carol Bruce 87 US Actor
12 Lonny Chapman 87 US Actor
14 Sigrid Valdis 79 US Actress
16 Deborah Kerr 86 UK Actress
17 Joey Bishop 89 US Actor
17 Harry Kleiner 91 Russia Screenwriter
20 Arlene Francis 93 93 Actress
21 Don Fellows 84 US Actor
24 Masakazu Yoshizawa 57 Japan Musician, Actor
26 Bernard L. Kowalski 78 US Director
27 Moira Lister 84 South Africa Actress
29 David Morris 83 UK Actor
30 Robert Goulet 73 US, Canada Singer, Actor
November 1 Sonny Bupp 79 US Actor
2 Henry Cele 58 South Africa Actor
4 Peter Viertel 86 Germany Screenwriter
6 Hilda Braid 78 UK Actress
6 Peter Handford 88 UK Sound Mixer
10 Jack Bear 87 US Costume Designer
10 Laraine Day 87 US Actress
10 Norman Mailer 84 US Writer, Actor, Director
11 Delbert Mann 89 US Director, Screenwriter
12 Al Mancini 74 US Actor, Writer
13 Monty Westmore 84 US Makeup Artist
13 Peter Zinner 88 Austria Film Editor, Actor, Director
14 Michael Blodgett 87 US Actor, Screenwriter
14 Ronnie Burns 72 US Actor
22 Verity Lambert 71 UK Producer
26 Marit Allen 66 UK Costume Designer
26 Denis Rich 77 UK Storyboard Artist, Production Illustrator
28 Jeanne Bates 89 US Actress
28 Mali Finn 69 US Casting Director
30 Evel Knievel 69 US Daredevil, Actor
December 1 Gary Epper 62 US Stuntman, Actor
1 Anton Rodgers 74 UK Actor
2 Eleonora Rossi Drago 82 Italy Actress
5 Joe Brooks 83 US Actor
5 Christine Finn 79 UK Actress
5 Tony Tenser 87 UK Producer
8 Donald Burton 73 US Actor
11 Freddie Fields 84 US Producer
12 Schuster Vance 47 US Stuntman, Actor
13 Floyd Red Crow Westerman 71 US Actor, Singer
15 John Berg 58 US Actor Star Trek: Nemesis
19 Frank Capra, Jr. 73 US Producer
19 James Costigan 81 US Actor, Writer
23 Michael Kidd 92 US Actor, Choreographer
26 Stu Nahan 81 US Actor, Broadcaster
28 Tab Thacker 45 US Actor

Film debutsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mark Allison (18 April 2017). "Why 2007 was a great year for film". Den of Geek!. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Craig Johnson (16 December 2014). "20 Movies That Prove 2007 Is The Best Film Year of The 21st Century (So Far)". Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ Patrick Ryan (31 August 2017). "10 movies that prove 2007 is the best film year of the 21st century". USA Today. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. ^ "2007 Worldwide Box Office". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved June 21, 2020.

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