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Monday, March 06, 2006

Oscar Wrap-Up
In one of the worst years ever, the Oscars yielded a four-way tie, with four films winning three awards each. Crash caused a huge surprise upset by winning Best Picture in a year in which all bets were on Brokeback Mountain. Crash also took Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing, while Brokeback Mountain won Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director (Ang Lee) and Best Score.

King Kong and Memoirs of a Geisha each captured three awards as well. King Kong was awarded for Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects, while Memoirs of a Geisha snagged Costume Design, Cinematography and Art Direction/Set Decoration.

Other unexpected upsets came in the Best Song category in which the much anticipated "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" (from Hustle & Flow) beat out favorite Dolly Parton (from Transamerica). And though Paradise Now and Sophie Scholl dominated the Foreign Language Film category, the awful Tsotsi surprisingly won.

In the major categories, Philip Seymour Hoffman carried the one lone stamp of quality by winning Best Actor for the excellent Capote. Reese Witherspoon won for an outstanding performance in a mediocre film, Walk the Line. George Clooney and Rachel Weisz won Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively, for two very bad films, Syriana and The Constant Gardener.

The Best Animated Feature Film category was the best on the ballot, with three very good films competing for the award. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit won.

In a year when Grizzly Man enchanted every critic, it was disqualified for the Best Documentary Oscar. The winner, predictably, was the banal and popular March of the Penguins.

The big hit The Chronicles of Narnia won Best Makeup. In the three short film categories, A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin won Best Documentary Short, Six Shooter won Best Live Action Short, and The Moon and the Son won Best Animated Short.

2006 looks pretty grim by comparison, but we can still hope...

Chuck Workman put together several fun montages that left me wondering why many great films (Blade Runnner? Do the Right Thing?) never win any Oscars.

One high point: Robert Altman getting an honorary Oscar. He enters the realm populated by Hitchcock, Hawks and other greats with no Oscar wins. He's a favorite of mine, and he's made quite a few damn good films, and a few great ones. I was honored to shake his hand once.

See Combustible Celluloid's Oscar Page for links, complete nominees and other notes....
:: posted by Jeffrey M. Anderson, 3/06/2006 Comments (4)
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At 8:17 PM, Anonymous said...

I was very disappointed that the good but overrated Crash got the best picture. Oh, and Jeffery, I think you are still wrong about Brokeback Mountain. I saw that film twice in the theater and it had me on the verge of tears (and not many movies make me cry). You were right about The Constant Gardner though. That movie sucked.

-Jake

 
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