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OSCARS 2006 – THE WINNERS

FEW SURPRISES, MANY WINNERS
Australian cinematographer Dion Beebe, not surprisingly, takes home the Oscar for Memoirs of a Geisha, the most ravishing looking film of the year, while the surprise came from Crash winning Best Picture. Memoirs of a Geisha also won the Art Direction and Costume Designs awards, while the rest of the awards were scattered among the contenders like gold confetti, in an even handed ballot that denied any one film a sweep.

Crash also won awards for its original screenplay and editing, while Brokeback Mountain won the award for adaptation, and the Best Director award for Ang Lee. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s anticipated award still came as a shock to the character actor, who quipped backstage: “You know, I literally lost all control of my bowels up there,” referring to accepting the award. He began his acceptance speech with a nervous “wow” but then added: “I'm in a category with some great, great, great actors. Fantastic actors, and I'm overwhelmed.”

Crash producer Cathy Schulman Said “we are humbled by the other nominees in this category. You have made this year one of the most breathtaking, and stunning, maverick years in American cinema, thank you.” She also wantesd to thank the Academy, and her fellow producer Paul Haggis chimed in: “Can you mention them by name? Every single one …”

One other semi-surprise for some is Reese Witherspoon’s Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of June Cash in Walk the Line, an award which many had expected to go to Felicity Huffman for her amazing performance in Transamerica. (Incidentally, biopics have a strong winning record at the Oscars.) “Oh, my goodness,” she said smiling as she took the Oscar, “I never thought I'd be here my whole life growing up in Tennessee.”

George Clooney, nominated for Best Director for Good Night, and Good Luck, takes home the Oscar for Best Support Actor in Syriana. “Wow. Wow. All right, so I'm not winning director,” he quipped as he took to the stage. He ended his acceptance speech saying: “Finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theatres. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy, proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch.”

WINNERS FOR THE 78TH ACADEMY AWARDS:
Best Motion Picture of the Year
CRASH
Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman

Achievement in Directing
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Ang Lee

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Philip Seymour Hoffman
CAPOTE

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Reese Witherspoon
WALK THE LINE

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
George Clooney
SYRIANA

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Rachel Weisz
THE CONSTANT GARDENER

Adapted Screenplay
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana

Original Screenplay
CRASH
Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco; Story by Paul Haggis

Achievement in Cinematography
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Dion Beebe

Achievement in Film Editing
CRASH
Hughes Winborne

Best Documentary Feature
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
Nick Park and Steve Box

Achievement in Art Direction
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
John Myhre (Art Direction); Gretchen Rau (Set Decoration)

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Gustavo Santaolalla

Achievement in Sound Mixing
KING KONG
Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
"IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP" FROM HUSTLE & FLOW
Music and Lyric by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard

Achievement in Sound Editing
KING KONG
Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
TSOTSI
South Africa

Achievement in Visual Effects
KING KONG
Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor

Achievement in Costume Design
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Colleen Atwood

Achievement in Makeup
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
Howard Berger and Tami Lane

Best Animated Short Film
THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION
John Canemaker and Peggy Stern

Best Live Action Short Film
SIX SHOOTER
Martin McDonagh

Best Documentary Short Subject
A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN
Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson

Published March 6, 2006

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Memoirs of a Geisha


Dion Beebe

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2006
BAFTA WINNERS 2006


Crash


Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain


Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Capote


Reece Witherspoon - Walk the Line


George Clooney - Syriana


Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener


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