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2006 Oscar Nominations

Opinions by Shawn McKenzie 03/04/2006

The nominations for the 78th Academy Awards are back, and they look to be fairly predictable.  The show airs Sunday, March 5, on ABC.  It is being hosted for the first time by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart this year.  Below are all the nominations in every category.  My predictions of who I think will win will have a + by it (my averages on the Oscars tend to be much better than on the Golden Globes; all predictions are based on expert analysis and the winners of previous awards shows.)  My choices of what I think should win (if the world were run by me) will have a *” by it (not every category has my choice, since I haven’t seen all the nominees, and I don’t feel qualified to pick a choice in the technical categories.  I have seen all of the movies in the top eight main categories though.)  Update:  The winners are in the larger font.  I got 17 out 24 predictions correct.  I will save my comments about the show itself for the free weekly newsletter (see the left side of any page to learn how to subscribe.)


Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominees:

+Brokeback Mountain - Diana Ossana, James Schamus

Capote - Caroline Baron, William Vince, Michael Ohoven

*Crash - Paul Haggis, Cathy Schulman

Good Night, and Good Luck. - Grant Heslov

Munich - Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominees:

+*Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote

Terrence Howard for Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix for Walk the Line

David Strathairn for Good Night, and Good Luck.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominees:

Judi Dench for Mrs. Henderson Presents

Felicity Huffman for Transamerica

Keira Knightley for Pride & Prejudice

Charlize Theron for North Country

+*Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees:

George Clooney for Syriana

Matt Dillon for Crash

+*Paul Giamatti for Cinderella Man

Jake Gyllenhaal for Brokeback Mountain

William Hurt for A History of Violence

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees:

Amy Adams for Junebug

Catherine Keener for Capote

*Frances McDormand for North Country

+Rachel Weisz for The Constant Gardener

Michelle Williams for Brokeback Mountain

Best Achievement in Directing Nominees:

George Clooney for Good Night, and Good Luck.

*Paul Haggis for Crash

+Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain

Bennett Miller for Capote

Steven Spielberg for Munich

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominees:

+*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

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:

+Brokeback Mountain - Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana

Capote - Dan Futterman

The Constant Gardener - Jeffrey Caine

*A History of Violence - Josh Olson

Munich - Tony Kushner, Eric Roth

Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominees:

Batman Begins - Wally Pfister

+Brokeback Mountain - Rodrigo Prieto

Good Night, and Good Luck. - Robert Elswit

Memoirs of a Geisha - Dion Beebe

The New World - Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Achievement in Editing Nominees:

Cinderella Man - Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill

The Constant Gardener - Claire Simpson

+Crash - Hughes Winborne

Munich - Michael Kahn

Walk the Line - Michael McCusker

Best Achievement in Art Direction Nominees:

Good Night, and Good Luck. - James D. Bissell, Jan Pascale

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Stuart Craig, Stephanie McMillan

King Kong - Grant Major, Dan Hennah, Simon Bright

+Memoirs of a Geisha - John Myhre, Gretchen Rau

Pride & Prejudice - Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Best Achievement in Costume Design Nominees:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Gabriella Pescucci

+Memoirs of a Geisha - Colleen Atwood

Mrs. Henderson Presents - Sandy Powell

Pride & Prejudice - Jacqueline Durran

Walk the Line - Arianne Phillips

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Nominees:

Brokeback Mountain - Gustavo Santaolalla

The Constant Gardener - Alberto Iglesias

+Memoirs of a Geisha - John Williams

Munich - John Williams

Pride & Prejudice - Dario Marianelli

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Nominees:

Hustle & Flow - Jordan Houston (Juicy J), Cedric Coleman (Crunchy Black), Paul Beauregard (DJ Paul), a.k.a. Three 6 Mafia (“It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” performed by Terrence Howard featuring Taraji P. Henson)

Crash - Michael Becker, Kathleen York (“In the Deep” performed by Kathleen “Bird” York)

+Transamerica - Dolly Parton (“Travelin’ Thru” performed by Dolly Parton)

Best Achievement in Makeup Nominees:

+The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Howard Berger, Tami Lane

Cinderella Man - David LeRoy Anderson, Lance Anderson

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Dave Elsey, Annette Miles

Best Achievement in Sound Nominees:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic, Tony Johnson

+King Kong - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek

Memoirs of a Geisha - Kevin O’onnell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline, John Pritchett

Walk the Line - Paul Massey, Doug Hemphill, Peter F. Kurland

War of the Worlds - Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Ron Judkins

Best Achievement in Sound Editing Nominees:

+King Kong - Mike Hopkins, Ethan Van der Ryn

Memoirs of a Geisha - Wylie Stateman

War of the Worlds - Richard King

Best Achievement in Visual Effects Nominees:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Dean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney, Scott Farrar

+King Kong - Joe Letteri, Brian Van’t Hul, Christian Rivers, Richard Taylor

War of the Worlds - Pablo Helman, Dennis Muren, Randy Dutra, Daniel Sudick

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Nominees:

Tim Robbin’s Corpse Bride - Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro) - Hayao Miyazaki

+*Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Steve Box, Nick Park

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Nominees:

Don’t Tell (La Bestia nel cuore) - Cristina Comencini (Italy)

Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël) - Christian Carion (France)

Paradise Now - Hany Abu-Assad (Palestine)

Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Die letzten Tage) - Marc Rothemund (Germany)

+Tsotsi - Gavin Hood (South Africa)

Best Documentary, Features Nominees:

Darwin’s Nightmare - Hubert Sauper

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room - Alex Gibney, Jason Kliot

+March of the Penguins (La Marche de l’empereur) - Luc Jacquet, Yves Darondeau

*Murderball - Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro

Street Fight - Marshall Curry

Best Documentary, Short Subjects Nominees:

+God Sleeps in Rwanda - Kimberlee Acquaro, Stacy Sherman

A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin - Corinne Marrinan, Eric Simonson

The Life of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club - Dan Krauss

The Mushroom Club - Steven Okazaki

Best Short Film, Animated Nominees:

Badgered - Sharon Colman

The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation - John Canemaker, Peggy Stern

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello - Anthony Lucas

+9 - Shane Acker

One Man Band - Mark Andrews, Andrew Jimenez

Best Short Film, Live Action Nominees:

The Runaway (Ausreißer) - Ulrike Grote

Cashback - Sean Ellis, Lene Bausager

The Last Farm (Síðasti bærinn í dalnum) - Rúnar Rúnarsson, Þórir Snær Sigurjónsson

Our Time Is Up - Rob Pearlstein, Pia Clemente

+Six Shooter - Martin McDonagh

What do you think of the nominees?  Do you think something was snubbed?  What do you think will win?  What do you think should win?  Please go to the Home Page and post your opinion on the Entertain Your Brain Message Board!

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