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Oscar Winners

Tuesday, March 07, 2006
The Oscars are done for another year. Of the nineteen I took a stab at predicting, 12 paid off. I'm surprised Crash took best film when Ang Lee took best director, but haven't actually seen Crash so it'll definitely be on the To See list now! Other than Crash's Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, no major shocks this year. I've not actually watched the show yet, just seen the results online, and I'm still really looking forward to seeing Jon Stewart at the helm tonite!

My predictions, and the actual winners where I got it wrong:

[x] Best Picture: Brokeback Mountain [Winner: Crash]
[1] Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.
[x] Actress: Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice. (Winner: Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line)
[2] Supporting Actor: George Clooney, Syriana( or Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain).
[3] Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener.
[4] Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.
[5] Adapted Screenplay: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain.
[x] Original Screenplay: George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck. (Winner: Crash - Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco)
[x] Animated Feature Film: Howl's Moving Castle. (Winner: Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit )
[x] Art Direction: King Kong. (Winner: Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) - John Myhre, Gretchen Rau)
[x] Cinematography: Brokeback Mountain. (Winner: Memoirs of a Geisha - Dion Beebe)
[6] Sound Mixing: King Kong.
[7] Sound Editing: King Kong.
[8] Original Score: Brokeback Mountain, Gustavo Santaolalla (I guess ... I really didn't think it was a brilliant year for film scores.)
[x] Original Song: Travelin' Thru from Transamerica, Dolly Parton. (Winner: Hustle & Flow (2005) - Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, Paul Beauregard("It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp")
[9] Costume: Memoirs of a Geisha.
[10] Documentary Feature: March of the Penguins.
[11] Makeup: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
[12] Visual Effects: King Kong (interesting to see Episode III didn't even get a nomination in this category!)

Update (11.40am, Tuesday 7 Feb 06): The production of this year's Oscars has to be one of the worst ever. Crap editing, poor camerawork, very poor sound. Jon Stewart made a pretty valient attempt to keep things interesting, but his wit didn't necessarily hit home in the Kodak Theatre (although worked well for me as a viewer). However, the blatant in-your-face "go to the cinema; don't just buy the DVD message" of the Academy President and others (including a very awkward looking Jake Gyllenhal) really, really annoyed me. And the montages ... bloody hell ... could you say "we lack faith in this year's films to draw and audience so hear are some you might remember" more loudly and with worse edits? *sigh*

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