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The Academy Awards 2006
presented at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, March 5, 2006

 

THE OSCARS

 

Glamour and predictable winners as usual at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood as the 78th Academy Awards were presented - for the films of 2005. Hosting for the first time Jon Stewart was probably kinder than people might have thought, but after a somewhat slow start, his satire mostly hit home - if not too unstoppable laughter. George Clooney, who said on the red carpet that he had three chances to lose, and that he thought all his co-nominees were communists, took home the first award in the Best Supporting Actor category (often the category in which the best acting is actually found). He saw off competition from strong contenders as Matt Dillon, Paul Giamatti and Wililiam Hurt - all of whom The Fresh Films thought was more worthy winners, But then again, Clooney deserved at least something for his three awards. The technical awards were largely shared between King Kong (2) and - somewhat surprisingly - Memoirs of a Geisha (3) while Hustle & Flow gained notice for winning the award for best original song - appropriately entitled "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp".

The major awards then went fairly according to plan. Rachel Weisz took home what most people felt was a faviourite win in the Best Supporting Actress category before Reese Witherspoon and Philip Seymour Hoffman both recorded Oscars in their first-ever nominations. Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix probably wasn't as pleased as they looked, while David Strathairn and Terrence Howard both looked far more laid back. The screenplay awards fared no surprises - Crash and Brokeback with one each. Then Ang Lee finally got his Oscar for best directing, leaving Brokeback odds on to win best film as well, but Paul Haggis got his second statuette of the year when his Crash took home the most prominent Oscar.

 

BEST FILM

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CAPOTE

 

CRASH
  GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
  MUNICH
 
PREDICTION (0/1) BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
MY PICK GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOM'ED A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
WALK THE LINE

 

BEST ACTOR

HEATH LEDGER for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

 

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN for CAPOTE
  DAVID STRATHAIRN for GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
  TERRENCE HOWARD for HUSTLE AND FLOW

 

JOAQUIN PHOENIX for WALK THE LINE
 
PREDICTION (1/2) PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
MY PICK JOAQUIN PHOENIX
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOM'ED DON CHEADLE - FOR CRASH
DANIEL AUTEUIL - FOR CACH╔

 

BEST ACTRESS

JUDI DENCH for MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
  CHARLIZE THERON for NORTH COUNTRY
  KEIRA KNIGHTLEY for PRIDE & PREJUDICE

 

FELICITY HUFFMAN for TRANSAMERICA

 

REESE WITHERSPOON for WALK THE LINE
 
PREDICTION (2/3) REESE WITHERSPOON
MY PICK FELICITY HUFFMAN
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOM'ED JULIA JENTSCH - FOR SOPHIE SCHOLL

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

JAKE GYLLENHAAL for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
  PAUL GIAMATTI for CINDERELLA MAN
  MATT DILLON for CRASH

 

WILLIAM HURT for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

 

GEORGE CLOONEY for SYRIANA
 
PREDICTION (2/4) JAKE GYLLENHAAL
MY PICK MATT DILLON/WILLIAM HURT
COULD HAVE BEEN NOM'ED FRANK LANGELLA (FOR GNAGL)
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (FOR THE JACKET)
GARY OLDMAN (FOR BATMAN BEGINS)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

MICHELLE WILLIAMS for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
  CATHERINE KEENER for CAPOTE

 

RACHEL WEISZ for THE CONSTANT GARDENER
  AMY ADAMS for JUNEBUG
  FRANCES McDORMAND for NORTH COUNTRY
 
PREDICTION (2/5) FRANCES McDORMAND
MY PICK RACHEL WEISZ
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOM'ED MARIA BELLO (FOR A HISTORY OF...)
JULIA SCHACHT (FOR NABOER)
THANDIE NEWTON (FOR CRASH)

 

BEST DIRECTING

ANG LEE for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

 

BENNETT MILLER for CAPOTE
  PAUL HAGGIS for CRASH
  GEORGE CLOONEY for GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
  STEVEN SPIELBERG for MUNICH
 
PREDICTION (3/6) ANG LEE
MY PICK GEORGE CLOONEY
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOM'ED DAVID CRONENBERG (A HISTORY OF...)
MICHAEL HANEKE (CACH╔)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT

CRASH - Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK - George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  MATCH POINT - Woody Allen
  THE SQUID AND THE WHALE - Noah Baumbach
  SYRIANA - Stephen Gaghan
 
PREDICTION (4/7) CRASH
MY PICK CRASH
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOM'ED MICHAEL HANEKE (CACH╔)
P┼L SLETAUNE (NABOER)

 

BEST ADAPTED SCRIPT

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - Larry McMurty, Diana Ossana
  CAPOTE - Dan Futterman
  THE CONSTANT GARDENER - Jeffrey Caine
  A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE - Josh Olson

 

MUNICH - Tony Kushner, Eric Roth
 
PREDICTION (5/8) BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
MY PICK A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOM'ED CHRISTOPHER NOLAN AND DAVID S. GOYER (BATMAN BEGINS)

 
  WINNERS - OTHER CATEGORIES
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY (5/9) MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
ART DIRECTION (5/10) MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
COSTUME DESIGN (5/11) MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
SOUND (5/12) WALK THE LINE
EDITING (6/13) CRASH
SOUND EDITING (7/14) KING KONG
VISUAL EFFECTS (8/15) KING KONG
MAKE UP (8/16) CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
ORIGINAL SONG (8/17) HUSTLE & FLOW
ORIGINAL SCORE (8/18) BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
FOREIGN LANGUAGE MOVIE (9/19) TSOTSI
ANIMATED FEATURE (10/20) WALLACE AND GROMMIT