Sunday, March 5, 2006

Oscar Predictions

Best Picture – Brokeback Mountain

[As much as I want Capote to win, it doesn’t stand a chance against the two main contenders – Brokeback Mountain and Crash. Crash could very well be the upset pick of the evening, so it would not surprise me if it stole the award away from Brokeback this evening]

Best Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman

[Definitely deserves it. Joaquin Phoenix would have had a clear shot at it any other year, but I doubt he stands a chance this time around. Too bad]

Best Supporting Actor – George Clooney

[As much as it pains me to select him, the Academy will more then likely award his contribution to both Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana]

Best Actress – Reese Witherspoon

[If Walk the Line had been nominated for Best Picture, it would be a guarantee for her. Sadly, Felicity Huffman may present some competition for her, though I am sure she will be come out the winner in this contest]

Best Supporting Actress – Amy Adams

[The dark horse category, Amy Adams and her little seen independent film, Junebug, will likely be recognized in this category]

Best Director – Ang Lee

[Personally I believe Bennett Miller should win since Capote was his directorial debut, but if Brokeback Mountain has a clear shot at Best Picture then more then likely they will give the award to Ang Lee for Best Director]

Best Foreign Film – Paradise Now

[Regardless of the objections of Israelis affected by the devastating attacks of these suicide bombs, the Academy – not to mention the press who are voting for it – is clearly left-wing biased, so they will more then likely choose to recognize this terrorist propaganda piece. My, how the mighty have fallen]

Best Adapted Screenplay – Dan Futterman for Capote

Best Original Screenplay – George Clooney and Grant Heslov for Good Night and Good Luck

Best Animated Feature – Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Best Art Direction – King Kong

Best Cinematography – Brokeback Mountain

Best Sound Mixing – King Kong

Best Sound Editing – King Kong

Best Original Score – Munich

Best Song – “In the Deep” for Crash

Best Costume – Pride and Prejudice

Best Documentary – March of the Penguins

Best Documentary (Short Subject) – God Sleeps in Rwanda

Best Film Editing – Cinderella Man

Best Makeup – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Best Animated Short – ?

Best Live-Action Short Film – ?

Best Visual Effects – King Kong

UPDATE - A complete list of winners from last night can be viewed at with the only surprise of the evening being Rachael Weisz winning for Best Supporting Actress (No, Crash was not a surprise – an upset, sure, but not a surprise. Brokeback Mountain was severely frontloaded and it was going around for the past week that Crash was the likely candidate to overtake it) in my opinion.