78th Academy Awards Wrap Up

The theme of last night’s Oscars was a return to glamour, but the real theme of this year’s Oscars should have been Surprise! Or Social Commentary. While I loved all the films nominated, I feel some films may have been overlooked, as a result. Films like King Kong, All the King’s Men and The New World, to name a few.

Below is a full list of Nominees and Winners for the 78th Annual Academy Awards, which aired Sunday, March 5, 2006
(Winners are listed in italics)

Performance by an actor in a leading role 

Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)

Terrence Howard in “Hustle & Flow” (Paramount Classics, MTV Films and New Deal Entertainment)

Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)

Joaquin Phoenix in “Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox)

David Strathairn in “Good Night, and Good Luck.” (Warner Independent Pictures)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role 

George Clooney in “Syriana” (Warner Bros.)

Matt Dillon in “Crash” (Lions Gate)

Paul Giamatti in “Cinderella Man” (Universal and Miramax)

Jake Gyllenhaal in “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)

William Hurt in “A History of Violence” (New Line)

Performance by an actress in a leading role 

Judi Dench in “Mrs. Henderson Presents” (The Weinstein Company)

Felicity Huffman in “Transamerica” (The Weinstein Company and IFC Films)

Keira Knightley in “Pride & Prejudice” (Focus Features)

Charlize Theron in “North Country” (Warner Bros.)

Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role 

Amy Adams in “Junebug” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Catherine Keener in “Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)

Frances McDormand in “North Country” (Warner Bros.)

Rachel Weisz in “The Constant Gardener” (Focus Features)

Michelle Williams in “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)

Best animated feature film of the year 

“Howl’s Moving Castle” (Buena Vista) 
Hayao Miyazaki

“Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (Warner Bros.) 
Tim Burton and Mike Johnson

“Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (DreamWorks Animation SKG)
Nick Park and Steve Box

Achievement in art direction 

“Good Night, and Good Luck.” (Warner Independent Pictures) 
Art Direction: Jim Bissell
Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (Warner Bros.) 
Art Direction: Stuart Craig
Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

“King Kong” (Universal) 
Art Direction: Grant Major
Set Decoration: Dan Hennah and Simon Bright

“Memoirs of a Geisha” (Sony Pictures Releasing) 
Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau

“Pride & Prejudice” (Focus Features) 
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

Achievement in cinematography 

“Batman Begins” (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister

“Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features) Rodrigo Prieto

“Good Night, and Good Luck.” (Warner Independent Pictures) Robert Elswit

“Memoirs of a Geisha” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Dion Beebe

“The New World” (New Line) Emmanuel Lubezki

Achievement in costume design 

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Warner Bros.) Gabriella Pescucci

“Memoirs of a Geisha” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Colleen Atwood

“Mrs. Henderson Presents” (The Weinstein Company) Sandy Powell

“Pride & Prejudice” (Focus Features) Jacqueline Durran

“Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox) Arianne Phillips

Achievement in directing 

“Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features) Ang Lee

“Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics) Bennett Miller

“Crash” (Lions Gate) Paul Haggis

“Good Night, and Good Luck.” (Warner Independent Pictures) George Clooney 

“Munich” (Universal and DreamWorks) Steven Spielberg

Best documentary feature 

“Darwin’s Nightmare” (International Film Circuit) Hubert Sauper
A Mille et Une Production

“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” Alex Gibney and Jason Kliot
An HDNet Films Production

“March of the Penguins” (Warner Independent Pictures) Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau
A Bonne Pioche Production

“Murderball” (THINKFilm) Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro
An Eat Films Production

“Street Fight” Marshall Curry
A Marshall Curry Production

Best documentary short subject 

“The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club” Dan Krauss 
A Dan Krauss Production

“God Sleeps in Rwanda” Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman
An Acquaro/Sherman Production

“The Mushroom Club” Steven Okazaki
A Farallon Films Production

“A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin” Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson 
A NomaFilms Production

Achievement in film editing 

“Cinderella Man” (Universal and Miramax) Mike Hill and Dan Hanley

“The Constant Gardener” (Focus Features) Claire Simpson

“Crash” (Lions Gate) Hughes Winborne

“Munich” (Universal and DreamWorks) Michael Kahn

“Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox) Michael McCusker

Best foreign language film of the year 

“Don’t Tell” Italy
A Cattleya/Rai Cinema Production

“Joyeux Noël” France
A Nord-Ouest Production

“Paradise Now” Palestine
An Augustus Film Production

“Sophie Scholl – The Final Days” Germany
A Goldkind Filmproduktion and Broth Film Production

“Tsotsi” South Africa
A Moviworld Production

Achievement in makeup 

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (Buena Vista) Howard Berger and Tami Lane 

“Cinderella Man” (Universal and Miramax) David Leroy Anderson and Lance Anderson

“Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith” Dave Elsey and Nikki Gooley
(20th Century Fox)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) 

“Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features) Gustavo Santaolalla

“The Constant Gardener” (Focus Features) Alberto Iglesias

“Memoirs of a Geisha” (Sony Pictures Releasing) John Williams

“Munich” (Universal and DreamWorks) John Williams

“Pride & Prejudice” (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) 

“In the Deep” from “Crash” (Lions Gate) Music by Kathleen “Bird” York and Michael Becker
Lyric by Kathleen “Bird” York

“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow” Music and Lyric by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard
(Paramount Classics, MTV Films and New Deal Entertainment)

“Travelin’ Thru” from “Transamerica” Music and Lyric by Dolly Parton 
(The Weinstein Company and IFC Films) 

Best motion picture of the year 

“Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features) Diana Ossana and James Schamus, Producers
A River Road Entertainment Production 

“Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics) Caroline Baron, William Vince and Michael Ohoven, Producers
An A-Line Pictures/Cooper’s Town/Infinity Media Production

“Crash” (Lions Gate) Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman, Producers
A Bob Yari/DEJ/Blackfriar’s Bridge/Harris Company/ApolloProscreenGmbH & Co./Bull’s Eye Entertainment Production

“Good Night, and Good Luck.” (Warner Independent Pictures) Grant Heslov, Producer
A Good Night Good Luck LLC Production 

“Munich” (Universal and DreamWorks) Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg and Barry Mendel, Producers
A Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Production 

Best animated short film 

“Badgered” Sharon Colman
A National Film and Television School Production

“The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation” John Canemaker and Peggy Stern
A John Canemaker Production

“The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello” (Monster Distributes) Anthony Lucas
A 3D Films Production

“9” Shane Acker
A Shane Acker Production

“One Man Band” Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews
A Pixar Animation Studios Production

Best live action short film 

“Ausreisser (The Runaway)” Ulrike Grote
A Hamburg Media School, Filmwerkstatt Production

“Cashback” (The British Film Institute) Sean Ellis and Lene Bausager
A Left Turn Films Production

“The Last Farm” Rúnar Rúnarsson and Thor S. Sigurjónsson
A Zik Zak Filmworks Production

“Our Time Is Up” Rob Pearlstein and Pia Clemente
A Station B Production

“Six Shooter” (Sundance Film Channel) Martin McDonagh
A Missing in Action Films and Funny Farm Films Production

Achievement in sound editing 

“King Kong” (Universal) Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn

“Memoirs of a Geisha” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Wylie Stateman

“War of the Worlds” (Paramount and DreamWorks) Richard King

Achievement in sound mixing 

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (Buena Vista) Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic and Tony Johnson

“King Kong” (Universal) Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek

“Memoirs of a Geisha” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline and John Pritchett

“Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox) Paul Massey, D.M. Hemphill and Peter F. Kurland

“War of the Worlds” (Paramount and DreamWorks) Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ronald Judkins

Achievement in visual effects 

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (Buena Vista) Dean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney and Scott Farrar

“King Kong” (Universal) Joe Letteri, Brian Van’t Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor

“War of the Worlds” (Paramount and DreamWorks) Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randal M. Dutra and Daniel Sudick

Adapted screenplay 

“Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features) Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana

“Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics) Screenplay by Dan Futterman

“The Constant Gardener” (Focus Features) Screenplay by Jeffrey Caine

“A History of Violence” (New Line) Screenplay by Josh Olson

“Munich” (Universal and DreamWorks) Screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth

Original screenplay 

“Crash” (Lions Gate) Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Story by Paul Haggis

“Good Night, and Good Luck” (Warner Independent Pictures) Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov 

“Match Point” (DreamWorks) Written by Woody Allen

“The Squid and the Whale” (Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Releasing) Written by Noah Baumbach 

“Syriana” (Warner Bros.) Written by Stephen Gaghan