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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 the last year in which no film grossed at least $1 billion at the worldwide box office until 2020.

Evaluation of the year

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 1970’s 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 films

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 $894,983,373
4 Shrek the Third Paramount $813,367,380
5 Transformers $709,709,780
6 Ratatouille Disney $623,726,085
7 I Am Legend Warner Bros. $585,410,052
8 The Simpsons Movie 20th Century Fox $536,414,270
9 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Disney $459,242,249
10 300 Warner Bros. $456,068,181

Events

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.

Awards

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 wide-release films

January–March

‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
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5 Code Name: The Cleaner New Line Cinema Les Mayfield (director); Robert Adetuyi, George Gallo (screenplay); Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan, DeRay Davis, Tom Butler, Mark Dacascos, Callum Keith Rennie, Niecy Nash, Will Patton, 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 1970’s 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 films

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 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 1970’s 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]

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

Highest-grossing films of 2007
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
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