Events in Film & Television in 2004

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • Jan 10 9th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 30th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 25 61st Golden Globes: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Sean Penn, & Charlize Theron win

Actress Charlize Theron
Actress
Charlize Theron
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • Jan 25 20th Sundance Film Festival: "Primer", directed by Shane Carruth, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

  • Feb 15 57th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director
  • Feb 28 24th Golden Raspberry Awards: Gigli wins
  • Feb 29 76th Academy Awards: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win
  • Mar 6 35th NAACP Image Awards: "The Fighting Temptations" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Apr 18 50th British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Buried" Best Drama
  • May 6 TV sitcom Friends airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)
  • May 13 The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Shrek 2" directed Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury, with voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 57th Cannes Film Festival: "Fahrenheit 9/11", directed by Michael Moore wins the Palme d'Or. First documentary to win.

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

Film release premierFilm Release

May 31 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released in UK cinemas

Actor Rupert Grint
Actor
Rupert Grint
Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Jun 30 "Spider-Man 2" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst is released

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Actress
Kirsten Dunst

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart
  • Jul 22 37th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 30 "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle", starring Kal Penn and John Cho, is released

Actor Kal Penn
Actor
Kal Penn
  • Sep 1 61st Venice Film Festival: "Vera Drake" directed by Mike Leigh wins Golden Lion

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 10 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

  • Sep 19 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader & Allison Janney win
  • Sep 22 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 Longtime "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul.

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 15 "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is released (Best Picture 2005)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Morgan Freeman
Actor
Morgan Freeman
Actress Hilary Swank
Actress
Hilary Swank