Events in Film & Television in 2005

Film & TV History

Jan 3 Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS

Film and TV Awards

Jan 9 31st People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Julia Roberts win (Motion Picture) and Matt LeBlanc & Marg Helgenberger win (TV)

  • Jan 10 10th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: "Sideways" wins Best Film

Television Debut

Jan 23 "Numb3rs", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS

  • Jan 30 21st Sundance Film Festival: "Forty Shades of Blue", directed by Ira Sachs, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 3 51st National Film Awards (India): "Shwaas" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Feb 10 55th Berlin International Film Festival: "U-Carmen" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 58th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA's): "The Aviator" Best Film, Mike Leigh Best Director
  • Feb 15 YouTube, Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States

Film & TV History

Feb 16 The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC

  • Feb 22 19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - "General Hospital" wins
  • Feb 26 25th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Catwoman" wins

Album Release

Mar 3 American rapper 50 Cent releases his album “The Massacre” (2005 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album 2006)

Film & TV History

Mar 13 Bob Iger is named CEO of Walt Disney International, succeeding Michael Eisner

Film Premiere

Mar 18 "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" premieres on the Disney Channel, starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse

Television Premiere

Mar 24 US version of "The Office" created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, developed by Greg Daniels, starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski premieres on NBC

  • Mar 25 36th NAACP Image Awards: "Ray" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Television Debut

Mar 26 "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose

Television Debut

Mar 27 TV medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" created by Shonda Rhimes starring Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh debuts on ABC

WrestleMania

Apr 3 WrestleMania XXI, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: Batista defeats Triple H; John Cena beats John "Bradshaw" Layfield

  • Apr 17 51st British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Sex Traffic" Best Drama

Film Premiere

May 15 "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 19 TV political comedy "The Thick of It" created by Armando Iannucci, starring Peter Capaldi and Chris Langham premieres on BBC 4
  • May 22 58th Cannes Film Festival: "The Child" directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d'Or

Film Release

May 27 DreamWorks releases computer-animated film "Madagascar" with voices by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett-Smith

Film & TV History

May 30 Gordon Ramsay first appears on US television in cooking competition show "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox

Film & TV History

Jun 18 David Tennant's first appearance as the Tenth Doctor in BBC "Doctor Who" episode "The Parting of the Ways"

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert at Circus Maximus, Rome, Italy; performers include Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, and Zucchero

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, England; performers include Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, Sting, Madonna, The Who, Pink Floyd, and R.E.M.

Film Premiere

Jul 8 Marvel superhero film "The Fantastic Four" starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis premieres

  • Jul 13 TV police procedural "The Closer" debuts on TNT starring Kyra Sedgwick
  • Jul 14 38th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film Premiere

Jul 15 "Wedding Crashers", starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premieres

Venice Film Festival

Aug 31 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion

Film Release

Sep 11 "Pride & Prejudice", the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, is released

  • Sep 12 Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Radio History

Sep 12 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

Television Debut

Sep 13 "Supernatural" debuts on The WB starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki - longest-running North American fantasy series

  • Sep 17 30th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tsotsi" directed by Gavin Hood wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 57th Emmy Awards: Lost, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Spader & Patricia Arquette win

Film & TV History

Sep 20 Model Kate Moss is dropped by clothing chain H&M after allegations of drug taking

Television Premiere

Oct 17 "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV

  • Oct 21 52nd National Film Awards (India): "Page 3" wins the Golden Lotus

Film Premiere

Nov 6 "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, premieres in London. Goes on to become most successful film of the year, earning almost US$ 900 million.

  • Nov 22 Ted Koppel retires from late night television news program "Nightline with Ted Koppel", after 25 years with the show, 41 Emmy Awards, and 42 years with ABC

Television Debut

Dec 4 U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS

  • Dec 7 U.S. debut of the second part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS

Film Release

Dec 9 "Brokeback Mountain" film released, directed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, based on story by Annie Proulx