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2006.03.06 - Oscars 2006

This year was a politically charged one for the movies,and the 2006 Oscars certainly reflect that. Brokeback Mountain (2005) tops the nominees list with 8 nominations. Crash (2004), Good Night And Good Luck (2005) and Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005) each came in with 6 nominations.Finally, Capote (2005), Munich (2005) and Walk The Line (2005)came in with 5 nominations each. Brokeback, Good Night, Munich and Crash will battle tonight for the top honors, but we predict here that Munich and Good Night are at a disadvantage because they are either too unfaithul or not committed enough. Brokeback and Crash feel much more genuine in their central message. For the other movies, Capote will probably get an Oscar for Philip Seymour Hoffman, but this fantastic actor has been ignored countless times before, so i am worried. Both him and Paul Giamatti seem to be Oscar-cursed. I haven't seen Walk The Line, so i can't comment. Finally, Memoirs was such a visual feast (as i have noted in my review here) that i think it will win most of its "artistic" nominations such as Costumes, Art Direction and Cinematography.

With the table below, you can see all the nominees, in each category, and the winners. Clicking on the table headers (Film, or Category for example), you can sort the data accordingly. If you type WON in teh Filter box, you will be able to see all the films that won tonight. Have fun. After the table, you'll see a summary of tonight's winners.

Batman Begins (2005)CinematographyWally Pfister
Brokeback Mountain (2005)Leading ActorHeath Ledger
Brokeback Mountain (2005)Supporting ActorJake Gyllenhaal
Brokeback Mountain (2005)Supporting ActressMichelle Williams
Brokeback Mountain (2005)CinematographyRodrigo Prieto
Brokeback Mountain (2005)DirectingAng LeeWON
Brokeback Mountain (2005)ScoreGustavo SantaolallaWON
Brokeback Mountain (2005)PictureDiana Ossana and James Schamus
Brokeback Mountain (2005)Adapted ScreenplayLarry McMurtry, E. Annie ProulxWON
Capote (2005)Leading ActorPhilip Seymour HoffmanWON
Capote (2005)Supporting ActressCatherine Keener
Capote (2005)DirectingBennett Miller
Capote (2005)Picture Caroline Baron, William Vince and Michael Ohoven
Capote (2005)Adapted ScreenplayGerald Clarke, Dan Futterman
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)CostumesGabriella Pescucci
Chronicles Of Narnia, The (2005)MakeupHoward Berger and Tami LaneWON
Chronicles Of Narnia, The (2005)Sound MixingTerry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic and Tony Johnson
Chronicles Of Narnia, The (2005)Visual EffectsDean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney and Scott Farrar
Cinderella Man (2005)Supporting ActorPaul Giamatti
Cinderella Man (2005)EditingMike Hill and Dan Hanley
Cinderella Man (2005)MakeupDavid Leroy Anderson and Lance Anderson
Constant Gardener, The (2005)Supporting ActressRachel WeiszWON
Constant Gardener, The (2005)EditingClaire Simpson
Constant Gardener, The (2005)ScoreAlberto Iglesias
Constant Gardener, The (2005)Adapted ScreenplayJeffrey Caine, John Le Carré
Crash (2004)Supporting ActorMatt Dillon
Crash (2004)DirectingPaul Haggis
Crash (2004)EditingHughes WinborneWON
Crash (2004)SongKathleen "Bird" York and Michael Becker
Crash (2004)PicturePaul Haggis and Cathy SchulmanWON
Crash (2004)Original ScreenplayPaul HaggisWON
Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005)DocumentaryAlex Gibney and Jason Kliot
Don'T Tell (2005)Foreign FilmCristina Comencini
Darwin's Nightmare (2004)DocumentaryHubert Sauper
Good Night And Good Luck (2005)Leading ActorDavid Strathairn
Good Night And Good Luck (2005)Art DirectionJim Bissell, Jan Pascale
Good Night And Good Luck (2005)CinematographyRobert Elswit
Good Night And Good Luck (2005)DirectingGeorge Clooney
Good Night And Good Luck (2005)PictureGrant Heslov
Good Night And Good Luck (2005)Original ScreenplayGeorge Clooney, Grant Heslov
Harry Potter 4, The Goblet Of Fire (2005)Art DirectionStuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
History Of Violence, A (2005)Supporting ActorWilliam Hurt
History Of Violence, A (2005)Adapted ScreenplayVince Locke, John Wagner
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)Animated FeatureHayao Miyazaki
Hustle And Flow (2005)Leading ActorTerrence Dashon Howard
Hustle And Flow (2005)SongJordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul BeauregardWON
Junebug (2005)Supporting ActressAmy Adams
King Kong (2005)Art DirectionGrant Major, Dan Hennah and Simon Bright
King Kong (2005)Sound EditingMike Hopkins and Ethan Van der RynWON
King Kong (2005)Sound MixingChristopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond PeekWON
King Kong (2005)Visual EffectsJoe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard TaylorWON
March Of The Penguins (2005)DocumentaryLuc Jacquet and Yves DarondeauWON
Joyeux Noel (2005)Foreign FilmChristian Carion
Match Point (2005)Original ScreenplayWoody Allen
Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)Art DirectionJohn Myhre, Gretchen RauWON
Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)CinematographyDion BeebeWON
Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)CostumeColleen AtwoodWON
Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)ScoreJohn Williams
Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)Sound MixingKevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline and John Pritchett
Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)Sound EditingWylie Stateman
Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)Leading ActressJudi Dench
Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)CostumeSandy Powell
Munich (2005)DirectingSteven Spielberg
Munich (2005)EditingMichael Kahn
Munich (2005)ScoreJohn Williams
Munich (2005)PictureKathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg and Barry Mendel
Munich (2005)Adapted ScreenplayGeorge Jonas, Tony Kushner
Murderball (2005)DocumentaryHenry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro
New World, The (2005)CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki
North Country (2005)Leading ActressCharlize Theron
North Country (2005)Supporting ActressFrances McDormand
Paradise Now (2005)Foreign FilmHany Abu-Assad
Pride And Prejudice (2005)Leading ActressKeira Knightley
Pride And Prejudice (2005)Art DirectionSarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
Pride And Prejudice (2005)CostumeJacqueline Durran
Pride And Prejudice (2005)ScoreDario Marianelli
Sophie Scholl (2005)Foreign FilmMarc Rothemund
Squid And The Whale, The (2005)Original ScreenplayNoah Baumbach
Star Wars, Revenge Of The Sith (2005)MakeupDave Elsey and Nikki Gooley
Street Fight (2005)DocumentaryMarshall Curry
Corpse Bride (2005)Animated FeatureMike Johnson, Tim Burton
Syriana (2005)Supporting ActorGeorge ClooneyWON
Syriana (2005)Original ScreenplayRobert Baer, Stephen Gaghan
Transamerica (2005)Leading ActressFelicity Huffman
Transamerica (2005)SongDolly Parton
Tsotsi (2005)Foreign FilmGavin HoodWON
Walk The Line (2005)Leading ActorJoaquin Phoenix
Walk The Line (2005)Leading ActressReese WitherspoonWON
Walk The Line (2005)CostumeArianne Phillips
Walk The Line (2005)EditingMichael McCusker
Walk The Line (2005)Sound MixingPaul Massey, D.M. Hemphill and Peter F. Kurland
Wallace And Gromit: The Curse... (2005)Animated FeatureNick Park and Steve BoxWON
War Of The Worlds, The (2005)Sound EditingRichard King
War Of The Worlds, The (2005)Sound MixingAndy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ronald Judkins
War Of The Worlds, The (2005)Visual EffectsDennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randal M. Dutra and Daniel Sudick

In the end, four films took top honnors and tied with 3 Oscars each. Tonight, there was no big sweep, no big winner. It was a collective victory that highlighted the diversity and quality of the year.

On the purely technical and whiz-bang effects side, King Kong (2005) was the clear winner, pretty much as expected, with best Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects. On the visual side, nothing compared to Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005) this year and it comes home tonight with Art Direction, Costumes and Cinematography.

For the "great" Oscars, two films battled at the top but none dominated clearly. Brokeback Mountain (2005) got the nod for best Director, Score and Adapted Screenplay, while Crash (2004) won best Picture, Editing and Original Screenplay. The Best Picture win for Crash was quite unexpected as Brokeback was the favorite.

For the individual Oscars, Philip Seymour Hoffman finally won what was due to him for so many years and will go home tonight with a Best Actor Oscar. With so many great performances in the past, many nominations but no award, it was about time. On the ladies side, a surprise win went for Reese Witherspoon. For best supporting roles, Rachel Weisz and George Clooney took home the prize.

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