The 2006 Oscar Nominations

Well the time has come again and this morning the 78th Annual Academy Award nominations for the March 5th ceremony have been announced with some mild surprises. “Brokeback Mountain” led the pack with eight Oscar nominations, ahead of nearest rivals “Crash”, “Good Night and Good Luck” and oddly enough “Memoirs of a Geisha” with six each. “Munich” which has been snubbed by many other awards shows scored an impressive five noms, the same as acclaimed “Capote”. “Walk the Line” missed out on best film.
The interesting category funnily enough this year might just be best picture as there is still a chance of something stealing the crown from current (and my personal) favourite “Brokeback Mountain”. The other key awards, including acting and directing, seem already set to wind up in the hands of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel Weisz, Ang Lee, and the scripts for ‘Brokeback’ and ‘Crash’. Whilst there’s always room for surprises (eg. Ledger, Huffman, etc.), some of these will come as a shock if they don’t go to the aforementioned names.

BEST PICTURE: Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck
Munich

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Capote”
Terrence Howard – “Hustle and Flow”
Heath Ledger – “Brokeback Mountain”
Joaquin Phoenix – “Walk the Line”
David Strathairn – “Good Night, and Good Luck”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Judi Dench – “Mrs. Henderson Presents”
Felicity Huffman – “Transamerica”
Keira Knightley – “Pride and Prejudice”
Charlize Theron – “North Country”
Reese Witherspoon – “Walk the Line”

DIRECTING: George Clooney – “Good Night and Good Luck”
Paul Haggis – “Crash”
Ang Lee – “Brokeback Mountain”
Bennett Miller – “Capote”
Steven Spielberg – “Munich”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: George Clooney – “Syriana”
Matt Dillon – “Crash”
Paul Giamatti – “Cinderella Man”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “Brokeback Mountain”
William Hurt – “A History of Violence”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Amy Adams – “Junebug”
Catherine Keener – “Capote”
Frances McDormand – “North Country”
Rachel Weisz – “The Constant Gardener”
Michelle Williams – “Brokeback Mountain”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Howl’s Moving Castle
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

SCREENPLAY (Adapted): “Brokeback Mountain”
“Capote”
“The Constant Gardener”
“A History of Violence”
“Munich”

SCREENPLAY (Original): “Crash”
“Good Night, and Good Luck”
“Match Point”
“The Squid and the Whale”
“Syriana”

ART DIRECTION: Good Night, And Good Luck
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Pride & Prejudice

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Batman Begins
Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, And Good Luck
Memoirs of a Geisha
The New World

COSTUME DESIGN: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Memoirs of a Geisha
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
Walk the Line

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Darwin’s Nightmare
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
March of the Penguins
Murderball
Street Fight

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
God Sleeps in Rwanda
The Mushroom Club
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

FILM EDITING: Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Crash
Munich
Walk the Line

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Don’t Tell
Joyeux Noel
Paradise Now
Sophie Scroll – The Final Days
Tsotsi

MAKEUP: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Cinderella Man
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

MUSIC (SCORE): Gustavo Santaolalla – “Brokeback Mountain”
Alberto Iglesias – “The Constant Gardener”
John Williams – “Memoirs of a Geisha”
John Williams – “Munich”
Dario Marianelli – “Pride & Prejudice”

MUSIC (SONG): “In the Deep” – Crash
“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” – Hustle & Flow
“Travelin’ Thru” – TransAmerica

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): Badgered
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
9
One Man Band

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION): Ausreisser (The Runaway)
Cashback
The Last Farm
Our Time is Up
Six Shooter

SOUND EDITING: King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
War of the Worlds

SOUND MIXING: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Walk the Line
War of the Worlds

VISUAL EFFECTS: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
King Kong
War of the Worlds