2006 Oscars handed out at Kodak Theatre
Monday, March 6, 2006
Crash won the Best Picture award, a surprise for many predictors. Co-producer Cathy Schulman commented "[thank you for] embracing our film, about love and about tolerance, about truth. Thank you to the people all around the world who have been touched by this message. And we are humbled by the other nominees in this category. You have made this year one of the most breathtaking, and stunning, maverick years in American cinema, thank you."
Directed and co-produced by Canadian Paul Haggis, film distribution rights were purchased for just USD$3 million by Lions Gate Films. Noted film critic Roger Ebert called it his favourite picture of 2005, and the picture made many North American "10 best" lists.
Backstage, Best Director winner Ang Lee commented to the press on how Brokeback Mountain refreshed his will to direct. "Before I get into making this movie, I was very tired from two very ambitious work, The Hulk and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I almost wanted to retire. I felt I had enough, I hit the bottom, sort of like my mid life crisis or something, and this movie teach me how to look at myself, how to manage myself in movie making again, enjoying making them, and the movie was shot very simple, nothing special, but most important, it taught me again, it's about human emotions, drama and acting."
Foreign Language Film winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) commented that he felt the Oscar win would "change the way South Africans view their moviemaking... hopefully it means that people will keep investing in our local stories, because this gives investors a little more confidence and what we want more than anything else is that people and human emotion is universal and we're more alike than we think we are around the world... we're actually so similar as human beings inside."
Tsotsi was the People's Choice Award winner at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, while Crash debuted at the fest in 2004. Capote and Brokeback Mountain both played at the festival days after debuting at the Telluride Film Festival. TIFF's winners often go on to win Best Picture or Best Foreign Language Film; Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), American Beauty, and Whale Rider are such examples.
Stewart's humor fell short of expectation for most North American film and television critics who commented on the broadcast.
At one point, Stewart jokingly chastised Hollywood for being "out of touch" with mainstream American values. Actor George Clooney later responded to this notion, saying, "We are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood. It’s probably a good thing. We’re the ones that talked about AIDS when it was just being whispered. And we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t really popular. We bring up subjects. This group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I’m proud of this Academy, of this community. I’m proud to be out of touch."
- BEST PICTURE - Crash.
- DIRECTOR - Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.
- ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line.
- ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.
- ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, Crash.
- ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain.
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - Tsotsi (South Africa).
- ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - George Clooney, Syriana.
- ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener.
- ANIMATED FEATURE - Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
- CINEMATOGRAPHY - Dion Beebe, Memoirs of a Geisha.
- COSTUME DESIGN - Colleen Atwood, Memoirs of a Geisha.
- MAKEUP - Howard Berger and Tami Lane, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
- VISUAL EFFECTS - Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor, King Kong.
- SHORT FILM – ANIMATED - The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation.
- SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION - Six Shooter.
- ORIGINAL SCORE - Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain.
- ART DIRECTION - John Myhre and Gretchen Rau, Memoirs of a Geisha.
- DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - March of the Penguins.
- SOUND MIXING - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek, King Kong.
- SOUND EDITING - Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn, King Kong.
- FILM EDITING - Hughes Winborne, Crash.
- DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT - A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin.
- ORIGINAL SONG - 'It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp' from Hustle & Flow.
- "Nominees and Winners" — , March 6, 2006