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Mountain of Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006

Brokeback Mountain again led the list of nominees as with 8 Oscar nods. There were three films with six nominations a piece, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck, and Memoirs of a Geisha, (although for that last one, they were all the less prestigious technical awards.

Here is a complete list of the nominations:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Costume Design Best Achievement in Makeup Best Achievement in Visual Effects Best Achievement in Sound Best Achievement in Sound Editing Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Best Documentary, Features Best Documentary, Short Subjects
  • God Sleeps in Rwanda
  • A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin
  • The Life of Kevin Carter
  • The Mushroom Club
Best Short Film, Animated
  • Badgered
  • The Moon and the Son
  • The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
  • 9
  • One Man Band
Best Short Film, Live Action
  • Ausreisser
  • Cashback
  • Sioasti baerinn i dalnum
  • Our Time Is Up
  • Six Shooter
  • Compared to the Golden Globes, there were a few differences, for instance, Capote, Crash, and Munich were much more richly rewarded. In all three cases this was a bit of a surprise. In the case of Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance was so good that I thought it might overshadow all other aspects of the film. In the case of Crash, many thought it came out too early in the early to still be remembered by the Oscar voters. In the case of Munich, it just wasn't that good of a film; it's almost like people were voting for it based on expectations and not reality but it wouldn't be the first time that's happened.
  • Brokeback Mountain tops the list of nominees with eight, including four of the five most prestigious awards, but that is absolutely no surprise.
  • Paul Giamatti was actually nominated for an Oscar, this could be a sign that we are in the end times. On a side note, I don't think his performance in Cinderella Man was anywhere near as good as in either Sideways or American Splendor.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha cleaned up on the technical nods making it this year's Aviator, only not as financially successful. On a side note, I don't think it deserved all of those nominations, but I think it was rewarded because it was obviously made for Oscar glory, but fell way short on the artistic side so they overcompensated on the technical side.
  • Walk the Line picked up five nominations, including acting nods for its two leads.
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith only earned one nomination and that is a huge surprise since it was technically superior to most of the films that did earn multiple technical nods. I blame it on jealousy since George Lucas is able to make what are essentially $100 million independent films.
  • Match Point earned a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, which is no shock, but it was a surprise that was the film's only nomination.


Source:  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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