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2006 Oscar Recap

A recap of the 2006 Oscars (which I got 16 out of 24 correct for, 67%)..."***" is my favorite and yellow backgrounds are the winners.

Best Picture:
Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, and Good Luck
The most controversial award of the night has been labeled as the biggest upset...maybe in Oscar history. I didn't see it happening, but I was glad it did because I loved Crash. If Crash simply won because the Academy's voters were homophobic then I would be upset, however from what I have heard of the way Brokeback progresses, I would have enjoyed it far less than I enjoyed Crash. It's a shame some people are up in arms about it.

Best Director:
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
Paul Haggis, Crash***
Steven Spielberg, Munich
Bennett Miller, Capote
Again, I liked Crash a lot and have yet to see Brokeback. I do not like Ang Lee as a director so I would've been happier if he did not win, but I am not angry about this category.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote***
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck
Brokeback was losing its steam going into Sunday which meant that Phillip Seymour Hoffman's chances to win increased greatly. He was the best by a good margin.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica***
Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice
Charlize Theron, North Country
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Reese Witherspoon bothers me a lot and I would have far prefered to see Felicity Huffman win for her great performance. However Witherspoon was probably second best in the bunch.

Best Supporting Actor:
George Clooney, Syriana
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
Matt Dillon, Crash***
William Hurt, A History of Violence
This was a Clooney-loving year. He seems like a great guy but I liked all of his opponents (except for Hurt) more. Not to say Clooney gave a bad performance, I just wouldn't have voted for him.

Best Supporting Actress:
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener***
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
Amy Adams, Junebug
Catherine Keener, Capote
Frances McDormand, North Country
I liked Amy Adams a lot but it was Rachel's category to lose and a comedic performance was not going to knock Rachel off. Her biggest threat was Michelle Williams but Brokeback was about the men, and that sadly takes away from her performance.

Best Original Screenplay:
Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco, Crash***
Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck
Stephen Gaghan, Syriana
Woody Allen, Match Point
Crash had the best script by a fairly wide margin.

Best Adapted Screenplay: (no favorite)
Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain
Dan Futterman, Capote
Jeffrey Caine, The Constant Gardener
Josh Olson, A History of Violence
Tony Kushner, Eric Roth, Munich
Capote needed a huge boost that a smaller film like Capote would not have recieved 9 times out of 10. This was Brokeback's category all along.

Best Foreign-Language Film: (no favorite)
Paradise Now
Joyeux NoŽl
Don't Tell
Sophie Scholl: The Last Days
I think that the man who accepted gave the best, most passionate speech that I saw (I missed a few). I was happy to see him win, although I thought that Paradise Now would win.

Best Animated Feature: (no favorite)
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Corpse Bride
Howl's Moving Castle
W&G was the best by far and it deserved its win.

Best Documentary, Feature:
March of the Penguins
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Darwin's Nightmare
Street Fight
I can't say much for this category, as I have only seen Murderball, but I just can't imagine a documentary about penguins being better than Murderball.

Best Documentary, Short Subject: (no favorite)
The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
God Sleeps in Rwanda
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin
I don't know anything about this category, I just know that I got it wrong.

Best Original Song:
Kathleen "Bird" York, Michael Becker, Crash "In the Deep"***
Dolly Parton, Transamerica "Travelin' Thru"
Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, Paul Beauregard, Hustle & Flow "Hard Out Here For A Pimp"
John Stewart is right, that's the way you should accept an Oscar. They were very passionate and I am happy that it upset the competition. I had it barely second best to "In the Deep."
Best Original Score:
John Williams, Memoirs of a Geisha***
Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain
John Williams, Munich
Alberto Iglesias, The Constant Gardener
Dario Marianelli, Pride and Prejudice
I think Geisha was the best but Brokeback was probably the second best in my mind.

Best Cinematography:
Rodrigo Prieto, Brokeback Mountain
Dion Beebe, Memoirs of a Geisha
Robert Elswit, Good Night, and Good Luck***
Wally Pfister, Batman Begins
Emmanuel Lubezki, The New World
I picked Brokeback to win but it dissapointed a bit. I liked G&G but I felt that Memoirs would win if Brokeback didn't.

Best Film Editing:
Hughes Winborne, Crash***
Claire Simpson, The Constant Gardener
Michael Kahn, Munich
Mike Hill, Dan Hanley, Cinderella Man
Michael McCusker, Walk the Line
Crash was the best edited film by a wide margin in my opinion.

Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood, Memoirs of a Geisha***
Sandy Powell, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Gabriella Pescucci, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Jacqueline Durran, Pride and Prejudice
Arianne Phillips, Walk the Line
Memoirs was a huge dissapointment but that was mainly because it looked so beautiful and the movie wasn't as good as the art, makeup and costumes. That's why categories like this earned Geisha the Oscars that it was supposed to earn.
Best Art Direction:
John Myhre, Gretchen Rau, Memoirs of a Geisha***
Grant Major, Dan Hennah, Simon Bright, King Kong
Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Jim Bissell, Jan Pascale, Good Night, and Good Luck
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Pride and Prejudice
See above category, it's the same thing.

Best Makeup:
Howard Berger, Tami Lane, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe***
David LeRoy Anderson, Lance Anderson, Cinderella Man
Dave Elsey, Annette Miles, Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith
Narnia's makeup team did a great job of really making the actors look from another world, especially the witch and elves and such.
Best Visual Effects:
Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers, Richard Taylor, King Kong***
Dean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney, Scott Farrar, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randy Dutra, Daniel Sudick, War of the Worlds
Peter Jackson is a special effects genius and that's why, like with Lord of the Rings, his team won this category.

Best Sound Mixing:
Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges & Hammond Peek, King Kong***
Paul Massey, D.M. Hemphill & Peter F. Kurland, Walk the Line
Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline & John Pritchett, Memoirs of a Geisha
Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic & Tony Johnson, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer & Ronald Judkins, War of the Worlds
King Kong's sound is huge and powerful and had the edge over the nice styling sounds of Walk the Line.

Best Sound Editing:
Mike Hopkins & Ethan Van der Ryn, King Kong***
Wylie Stateman, Memoirs of a Geisha
Richard King, War of the Worlds
See above, it's the same thing.
Best Short Film, Live Action: (no favorite)
Ausreisser (The Runaway)
The Last Farm
Our Time Is Up
Six Shooter
I don't know anything, I haven't even heard hype for this category.
Best Short Film, Animated: (no favorite)
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
One Man Band
I don't know anything about these.

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