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Academy Awards from the 2005-2006 season

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I will comment and forecast nominations and results this season of the 78th Academy Awards hosted by Jon Stewart March 5, 2006.

Second Annual Coverage!
(Film Prophet's FrontRunners are in order from top to bottom in each column, post-Oscar notes below)

 

And the Oscar goes to...
Crash
And the Oscar goes to...
Ang Lee
And the Oscar goes to...
Philip Seymour Hoffman
And the Oscar goes to...
Reese Witherspoon
Will Win:
Brokeback Mountain
Will Win:
Ang Lee
Will Win:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Will Win:
Reese Witherspoon
Should Win:
Brokeback Mountain/Munich
Should Win:
Ang Lee
Should Win:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Should Win:
Reese Witherspoon
Final Prediction:
Brokeback Mountain
Final Prediction:
Ang Lee
Final Prediction:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Final Prediction:
Reese Witherspoon
BEST PICTURE
Brokeback Mountain
Crash
Munich
Good Night, and Good Luck
Capote
BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee
(Brokeback Mountain)
George Clooney
(Good Night, and Good Luck)
Steven Spielberg
(Munich)
Paul Haggis
(Crash)
Bennett Miller
(Capote)
BEST ACTOR
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Capote)
Heath Ledger
(Brokeback Mountain)
Joaquin Phoenix
(Walk the Line)
David Strathairn
(Good Night, and Good Luck)
Terrence Howard
(Hustle & Flow)
BEST ACTRESS
Reese Witherspoon
(Walk the Line)
Felicity Huffman
(Transamerica)
Charlize Theron
(North Country)
Judi Dench
(Mrs. Henderson Presents)
Keira Knightley
(Pride & Prejudice)

And the Oscar goes to...
George Clooney
And the Oscar goes to...
Rachel Weisz
And the Oscar goes to...
Brokeback Mountain
And the Oscar goes to...
Crash
Will Win:
George Clooney
Will Win:
Rachel Weisz
Will Win:
Brokeback Mountain
Will Win:
Crash
Should Win:
Jake Gyllenhaal/William Hurt
Should Win:
Michelle Williams
Should Win:
Brokeback Mountain
Should Win:
Match Point
Final Prediction:
Paul Giamatti
Final Prediction:
Rachel Weisz
Final Prediction:
Brokeback Mountain
Final Prediction:
Crash
SUPPORTING ACTOR
Paul Giamatti
(Cinderella Man)
George Clooney
(Syriana)
Jake Gyllenhaal
(Brokeback Mountain)
William Hurt
(A History of Violence)
Matt Dillon
(Crash)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rachel Weisz
(The Constant Gardener)
Michelle Williams
(Brokeback Mountain)
Amy Adams
(Junebug)
Catherine Keener
(Capote)
Frances McDormand
(North Country)
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
A History of Violence
Munich
The Constant Gardener
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Match Point
Syriana
The Squid and the Whale 

Oscar night notes:
 

Paul Haggis' screenplay did it again... twice in a row! His corresponding movie      
understood to be the second actually became the motion picture winner over
ruler Brokeback Mountain, like Million Dollar Baby to The Aviator.

 

It was a fine award show, a nine out of ten type, until presenter Jack Nicholson puffed Crash as the winner in a slightly stunned manner to victimize Brokeback Mountain. Winning almost every precursor, Brokeback Mountain defeated Crash at every other award show, such as the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes, even including the NIGHT BEFORE AT THE Independent Spirit Awards. One has to speculate that there had to be many African-American voters this year, actors who live in Los Angeles, connected to the hundreds (think Chicago in 2002) involved in making Crash in 2004, and people who were homophobic. Although a homosexual character did win best actor, but it wasn’t from Brokeback Mountain. It was the king of movies this year and the season ended with an invalid conclusion. Choosing Crash over Brokeback Mountain with a majority vote will go down amongst the biggest upsets in Academy Award history.

I am writing this because I don’t want to forget how I felt about it. Rightfully so, the people from Brokeback looked upset... they got screwed and was the victim of the show. It is almost like how Citizen Kane lost to How Green Was My Valley in 1942 or Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan in 1998 or Ordinary People beating Raging Bull in 1980... melodramatic bore over cleverness. Crash was a mediocre movie at best, almost a made for television kind, that didn't even belong in that lineup to begin with. Films like Memoirs of a Geisha, Match Point, Batman Begins, King Kong… were much better. Crash didn’t even crack my Top Ten… and Brokeback Mountain was number one. All the conflicts presented in Crash were basically presented in Magnolia in 1999, but Crash involved African-American appeal. Crash tried to play the race card as a guilty method and people will call some racist or prejudice now if one didn't prefer it. It is now among the worst decisions ever made by the Academy.

Both supporting categories had no surprises and I wanted two in those areas to happen. Crash was the wrong surprise, or should I say upset, to win in the wrong area. This was the one and only nominee that I did NOT win to see winning from ANY category. We all know Brokeback Mountain was the most outstanding picture this season.

Acceptance speech: George Clooney
“Now I will be remembered as Oscar winner George Clooney.... and sexiest man alive in 1997.”
Funniest line from host Jon Stewart: (he had a lot of them) “Let that be a lesson to all of you” after Tom Hanks emulates a speech and a band ensnares him.
Biggest disappointment: (before Crash winning) Hoffman not barking his acceptance speech
Favorite shown acting clip: Amy Adams in Junebug
Other fun stuff:
Itzak Perelman and the Orchestra playing every nominated musical score
Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin's charming introduction speech to Robert Altman
Reese Witherspoon's speech
Original sketch: Best Actress campaign montage 'acting while beautiful'
Happy for: Memoirs of a Geisha and King Kong winning three Oscars each
Condolences for: Brokeback Mountain's decisive defeat to Crash