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78th Academy Awards

78th Academy Awards

The 78th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 2005, were held on March 5, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. They were hosted by The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. The nominees were announced on January 31, 2006. Ang Lee's drama Brokeback Mountain, with eight nominations, had the most nominations of the year's films. Its nominations included Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. Paul Haggis' Crash, George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, and Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha each received six nominations.
2006 Oscar Winners
Best Actor : Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote
Best Supporting Actor : George Clooney in Syriana
Best Actress : Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line
Best Supporting Actress : Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener
Best Picture : Crash
Best Director : Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Best Foreign Film : Tsotsi - South Africa
Best Animated Film of the Year : Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Achievement in Art Direction : Memoirs of a Geisha
Achievement in Cinematography : Memoirs of a Geisha
Achievement in Costume Design : Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Documentary : March of the Penguins
Best Documentary Short : A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin
Achievement in Film Editing : Crash
Achievement in Makeup : The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Best Original Score : Brokeback Mountain
Best Original Song : It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp, from Hustle & Flow
Best Animated Short : The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
Best Live Action Short : Six Shooter
Achievement in Sound Editing : King Kong
Achievement in Sound Mixing : King Kong
Best Visual Effects : King Kong
Best Adapted Screenplay : Brokeback Mountain
Best Original Screenplay : Crash

78th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement
The 78th Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 5:30 a.m. PST, by Academy President Sid Ganis and Oscar-winning actress and Academy member Mira Sorvino in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

In the Best Picture race, "Brokeback" will compete with Sony Pictures ClassicsSony Pictures Classics' "Capote," with five noms; Lionsgate's "Crash," with six; Warner Independent's "Good Night and Good Luck," with six; and Universal-DreamWorks' "Munich," with five.

All five also saw their Directors cited: George Clooney ("Good Night"), Paul Haggis ("Crash""Crash"), Ang Lee ("Brokeback"), Bennett Miller ("Capote") and Steven Spielberg ("Munich").

For the Best Actor Award, Taking on Heath Ledger, who played a stoic ranch hand in a forbidden love affair in "Brokeback Mountain," are Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played the title role in "Capote," Joaquin Phoenix, as Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line"; David Strathairn, as Edward R. Murrow in "Good Night and Good Luck"; and Terrence Howard,, as pimp-turned-aspiring rapper in "Hustle & Flow."

Up for Best Actress Award are Judi Dench, as a backer of a nude musical in "Mrs. Henderson Presents"; Felicity Huffman as a man undergoing a sex change in "TransAmerica"; Keira Knightley as the romantic heroine in "Pride and Prejudice"; Charlize Theron as a sexually harassed iron mine worker in "North Country"; and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter in "Walk the Line."

Catherine Keener, who plays Harper Lee in Capote and Michelle Williams, who plays Ledger's wife in Brokeback Mountain, are named for Best Supporting Actress. They will contend with Amy Adams in Junebug, Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener and Frances McDormand in North Country.

The Best Supporting Actor nominees include Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man, Matt Dillon in Crash, William Hurt in A History of Violence, George Clooney in Syriana and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain.

The 78th annual Academy Awards will be handed out March 5 in Hollywood, Calif. Legendary filmmaker Robert Altman has already been announced as a recipient of the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Oscar. "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart will host the ceremonies.