Film So here we are again with the Oscar nominations which I somehow forgot about until tonight. I'm going to take things very seriously this year and just write my first impressions. Just remember, I've only seen these nominations about two seconds before I've started to type.

Best picture
Brokeback Mountain
Goodnight, and Good Luck

[I've only seen Crash. But I think Munich will win. Because it's an important film.]

Best director
Steven Spielberg - Munich
Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
Paul Haggis - Crash
Bennett Miller - Capote
George Clooney - Good Night, and Good Luck

[Wow, that's boring. What do you think are the chances that the Best Director will have directed the Best Film?]

Best actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
David Strathairn - Good Night, and Good Luck
Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line
Terrence Howard - Hustle and Flow

[Wow -- I never thought I'd see Heath Ledger's name in that list. But I think Philip Seymour Hoffman will win.]

Best actress
Dame Judi Dench - Mrs Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
Charlize Theron - North Country
Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line
Keira Knightley - Pride and Prejudice

[It's interesting that none of those nominations are for films up for Best Picture -- unlike Best Actor. It's a Knightly year.]

Best supporting actress
Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain
Frances McDormand - North Country
Amy Adams - Junebug
Catherine Keener - Capote

[Wow -- I never thought I'd see Michelle William's name in that list. I hope she wins just for her sterling work in make Dawson's Creek watchable in the lean period. But I think Rahcel Weisz will win. Which is fair too.]

Best supporting actor
George Clooney - Syriana
Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain
Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man
Matt Dillon - Crash
William Hurt - A History of Violence

[Give it to Paul Giamatti for the disasterous treatment he received last year over Sideways.]

Best foreign language film
Don't Tell (Italy)
Joyeux Noel (France)
Paradise Now (Palestinian territories)
Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Germany)
Tsotsi (South Africa)


Best animated feature film
Howl's Moving Castle
Corpse Bride
Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

[I really haven't been going to the cinema much.]

Best adapted screenplay

Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
A History of Violence

[The Constant Gardener may win. They all might.]

Best original screenplay
Good Night, and Good Luck
Match Point
The Squid and the Whale

[Wow. Woody gets his usual Best Original Screenplay nomination. Remember just before Christmas when everyone was talking about Match Point as a possible massive contender. Then people saw it. Oh well. Oh and -- where the hell is Serenity?]

Best music (score)
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Memoirs of a Geisha
Pride and Prejudice


Best music (song)
In the Deep - Crash
It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp - Hustle and Flow
Travelin' Thru - Transamerica

[I want the Pimp one to win. Just because I can't believe that a song with that title is going to be performed at The Oscars.]

Best documentary feature
Darwin's Nightmare
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
March of the Penguins
Street Fight

[March of the Penguins will win]

Best documentary short subject
The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
God Sleeps in Rwanda
The Mushroom Club
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin


Best visual effects
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
King Kong
War of the Worlds

[It just occured to me. No Star Wars yet. Sorry George.]

Best cinematography
Batman Begins
Brokeback Mountain
Goodnight, and Good Luck
Memoirs of a Geisha
The New World

[Batman Begins? Amazing.]

Best art direction
Goodnight, and Good Luck
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Pride and Prejudice

[Harry Potter? Amazing.]

Best animated short film
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
One Man Band


Best short film
Ausreisser (The Runaway)
The Last Farm
Our Time is Up
Six Shooter

[You see you can't choose because these things aren't ever seen anywhere.]

Best costume design
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Memoirs of a Geisha
Mrs Henderson Presents
Pride and Prejudice
Walk The Line

[Much of a muchness. My money's on Geisha.]

Best make-up
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Cinderella Man
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

[Best make-up? Star Wars's only nomination is Best Make-up? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha etc.]

Best sound mixing
The Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Walk The Line
War of the Worlds

[Actually my money is on War of the Worlds. Although there was the KONG!]

Sound editing
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
War of the Worlds

[Actually my money is on War of the Worlds. Although there was the KONG!]

Best film editing
Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Walk The Line

[So alright I should have gone to the pictures some more. But I was busy writing essays about films. It's a thing.]

Lifetime Achievement Award
Director and writer Robert Altman

[Not feeling guilty are we?]

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