Nominations announced for 78th Academy Awards

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Poster for the 76th Academy Awards.
Oscar®-winning actress and Academy member Mira Sorvino and Academy President Sid Ganis announced the nominees for the 78th Annual Academy Awards in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Today, the nominees for the 78th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles, California.

Best Picture nominees this year are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck., and Munich. The director of each of these films received director nominations. Nominees include George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck.), Paul Haggis (Crash), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Bennett Miller (Capote), and Steven Spielberg (Munich). This is the first time since 1981 that every Best Picture nominee also received a nod for Direction.

Brokeback Mountain leads this year's Oscar pack overall, with eight nominations. Brokeback is followed by Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck., and Memoirs of a Geisha, who each earned six. Capote, Munich, and Walk the Line each received five nominations. King Kong, Pride and Prejudice, and The Constant Gardener picked up four nominations, while Cinderella Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and War of the Worlds pick up three. A History of Violence, Hustle & Flow, Mrs. Henderson Presents, North Country, Syriana, and Transamerica each received two nods each.

Best Animated Feature Film nominees are Howl's Moving Castle, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. None of these films used primarily CGI-animation, the first year this can be claimed, since the 2001 creation of the award category. Corspe Bride marks both Tim Burton and Mike Johnson's first nominations. Wallace & Gromit's Steve Box is celebrating his first nomination, while co-producer Nick Park has three Oscars for Best Animation Short, a fourth nomination, of which he lost to himself in 1990. Hayao Miyazaki won the Best Animated Feature award in 2002, for Spirited Away.

Uniquely neither animation powerhouse, Disney or DreamWorks, is directly nominated in the category. Disney's Buena Vista Entertainment distributes Miyazaki film Howl's Moving Castle, while DreamWorks distributed Wallace and Gromit, animated by Aardman Animations.

Best Foreign Language Film nominees include Italian film Don't Tell, France's Joyeux Noël, Palestine's Paradise Now, Germany's Sophie Scholl - The Final Days, and South Africa's Tsotsi. Italy has been up for an Oscar 27 times, France 34 times, and Germany has had six nominations. This is only South Africa's second nomination, with the first coming last year, and Palestine's first ever Academy Award nomination.

Nominees for Best Documentary Feature are Darwin's Nightmare, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, March of the Penguins, Murderball, and Street Fight. March of the Penguins, produced in France, actually grossed more than any of the Best Picture nominees, the first time in history such an occurrence has happened.

The top 19 films in box office received a total of only 14 nominations, with a majority of these in the categories of Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Perhaps one of the most interesting stories for Hollywood as a whole, is the tremendous success of Participant Productions in its first year of operation. eBay founder Jeff Skoll's movie house produced nominees Good Night and Good Luck. (6), North Country (2), Syriana (2), and Murderball (1). The company aims to fund feature films and documentaries that promote social values while still being commercially viable.

The 78th Academy Awards presentation will be held on Sunday, March 5.

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Nominee Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
  • Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow
  • Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
  • Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line
  • David Strathairn - Good Night, and Good Luck

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Judi Dench - Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
  • Keira Knightley - Pride & Prejudice
  • Charlize Theron - North Country
  • Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Adapted Screenplay

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • The Constant Gardener
  • A History of Violence
  • Munich

Original Screenplay

  • Crash
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Match Point
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Syriana
Nominee David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck.

Achievement in Art Direction

  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • King Kong
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Pride & Prejudice

Achievement in Cinematography

  • Batman Begins
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • The New World

Achievement in Costume Design

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Walk the Line

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

Achievement in Film Editing

  • Cinderella Man
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Crash
  • Munich
  • Walk the Line

Achievement in Makeup

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Cinderella Man
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Achievement in Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score)

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Munich
  • Pride & Prejudice

Achievement in Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song)

  • In the Deep - Crash
  • It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp - Hustle & Flow
  • Travelin' Thru - Transamerica
Nominated short One Man Band.

Best Animated Short Film

  • Badgered
  • The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
  • The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
  • 9
  • One Man Band

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Ausreisser (The Runaway)
  • Cashback
  • The Last Farm
  • Our Time is Up
  • Six Shooter

Achievement in Sound Editing

  • King Kong
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • War of the Worlds

Achievement in 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

Achievement in Visual Effects

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • King Kong
  • War of the Worlds

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