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2006 Academy Awards Preview (& Results)
Date: 22nd February 2006
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Well, it's that time of the year again, when I get to stay up way past my bedtime watching lots of Hollywood A-listers applauding each other and making overly long and tearful acceptance speeches before being drowned out by the orchestra and forced off the stage. If you're anything like me, you'll already have a good idea of who you want to win and who you think will win at this year's Academy Awards, but I like to stake my already shaky reputation on my ability to predict the future by publicly announcing the winners in advance.

There is a fantastic crop of films in the nominations this year, but the big winner is going to be Brokeback Mountain. It's sure to pick up the most coveted awards, Best Picture and Best Director and it'll take another of the Big Five with Best Adapted Screenplay.

Other awards that are easy to call are the Best Actor and Best Actress awards. Reese Witherspoon has been clearing up at the earlier award ceremonies for her performance in Walk the Line and with limited competition from Keira Knightley, Dame Judi Dench and Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman, nothing can stop her bagging her first Academy Award.

Paul and Oscar
   

The Oscars are fairly predictable in many ways these days, especially if you appreciate the foibles of the Academy. Last year, for example, it was easy to see that Jamie Foxx was going to win the Best Actor award for his portrayal of musical legend Ray Charles. In the same way, it's easy to see that Joaquin Phoenix won't win this year for his portrayal of musical legend Johnny Cash, despite being the most worthy candidate in my opinion. If only he'd glued his eyes shut, eh? Instead Philip Seymour Hoffman will take this one for his stand out performance as Truman Capote.

 

If there's any justice in the world, as Lemar might say, the Brits won't come away empty handed, because Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit should pick up the Best Animated Feature award – it's by far the most complete film of the three nominated.

George Clooney's second film behind the camera, Good Night, and Good Luck. is in with a chance of scooping an award in the form of Best Original Screenplay, but the favourite has to be Crash. All of which only leaves me to dwell and ponder on the two least obvious predictions: Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

Likely British winners Wallace & Gromit
Likely British winners Wallace & Gromit
 

Those of you with annoyingly good memories will know that I goofed this one up last year by following my heart, not my head and tipping Clive Owen for an award. I'm going to avoid that trap this year and shy away from Jake Gyllenhaal in favour of Paul Giamatti, who failed to get nominated last year for his performance in the superb Sideways. After all, if he narrowly missed out last year, they'll give him one this year – another of those Academy foibles I mentioned earlier.

Best Supporting Actress is a straight three-way fight between Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) and Catherine Keener (Capote). With a few gongs under her belt already, Keener can't be discounted altogether, but for my money it's between the other two. I think Michelle Williams is the more deserving based on her performance, but my money would go on the bookie's favourite, Rachel Weisz.

Of course, anyone and everyone has an opinion about the movies they see, and if your opinion on who will win is different from mine, then my advice would be to put your money where your mouth is and good luck!

For a full list of Academy Award nominations, please visit the Academy Awards website.

 

The Big Picture

In the interest of giving a balanced opinion, the topfivefilms team have given their official predictions below!

  Paul Fonz Dave Witt James Smith
Best Picture Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain
Best Director Ang Lee
(Brokeback Mountain)
Ang Lee
(Brokeback Mountain)
George Clooney
(Good Night, and Good Luck)
Best Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Capote)
Joaquin Phoenix
(Walk the Line)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Capote)
Best Actress Reese Witherspoon
(Walk the Line)
Felicity Huffman
(Transamerica)
Reese Witherspoon
(Walk the Line)
Best Supporting Actor Paul Giamatti
(The Cinderella Man)
Jake Gyllenhaal
(Brokeback Mountain)
Jake Gyllenhaal
(Brokeback Mountain)
Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz
(The Constant Gardener)
Michelle Williams
(Brokeback Mountain)
Catherine Keener
(Capote)
Best Original Screenplay Crash (Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco) Crash (Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco) Crash (Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco)
Best Adapted Screenplay Brokeback Mountain
(Larry McMurty & Diana Ossana)
Brokeback Mountain
(Larry McMurty & Diana Ossana)
Brokeback Mountain
(Larry McMurty & Diana Ossana)
Best Animated Feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


For a full list of nominations and award winners, please visit www.oscars.org.
 

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