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The Academy Awards for 2005 will be handed out on March 5, 2006. Who will be nominated, and who will win?

Here are the pictures everyone is talking about in Hollywood:

Walk the Line seems guaranteed to get Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress nominations. Cinderella Man has been re-released, which means the producers are hankering for some nominations. Capote is getting a lot of chatter.

And people are looking forward to:

Syriana

Spielberg's Munich

Brokeback Mountainis

Rent

The Producers

Memoirs of a Geisha

Terrrence Mallicks The New World

And of course, there's March of the Penquins - which has a lock on the documentary

award...and...

KING KONG!

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Variety weighs in:

THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

Variety weighs in on a dozen independently financed contender

heavyweights that could find themselves in the kudo mix.

Brokeback Mountain

Capote

The Constant Gardener

Crash

Good Night, and Good Luck

The Libertine

Match Point

Mrs. Henderson Presents

Pride & Prejudice

Proof

The Squid and the Whale

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2069

BEST ACTRESS CONTENDERS

Toni Collette, "In Her Shoes"

Judi Dench, "Mrs. Henderson Presents"

Felicity Huffman, "Transamerica"

Q'orianka Kilcher, "The New World"

Keira Knightley, "Pride & Prejudice"

Gwyneth Paltrow, "Proof"

Sarah Jessica Parker, "The Family Stone"

Charlize Theron, "North Country"

Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"

Ziyi Zhang, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

Claire Danes, "Shopgirl"

Cameron Diaz, "In Her Shoes"

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1997

BEST ACTRESS / DARKHORSES

Joan Allen, "The Upside of Anger"

Julianne Moore, "The Prize-winner of Defiance, Ohio"

Natasha Richardson, "The White Countess"

Meryl Streep, "Prime"

Tilda Swinton, "The Chronicles of Narnia"

Renee Zellweger, "Cinderella Man"

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1997

SUPPORTING ACTRESS CONTENDERS

Maria Bello, "A History of Violence"

Sandra Bullock, "Crash"

Scarlett Johansson, "Match Point"

Diane Keaton, "The Family Stone"

Catherine Keener, "Capote"

Gong Li, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

Shirley MacLaine, "In Her Shoes"

Frances McDormand, "North Country"

Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener"

Michelle Williams, "Brokeback Mountain"

Amy Adams, "Junebug"

Rachel McAdams, "The Family Stone"

Thandie Newton, "Crash"

Michelle Yeoh, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1997

SUPPORTING ACTRESS / DARKHORSES

Brenda Blethyn, "Pride & Prejudice"

Hope Davis, "Proof"

Rosario Dawson, "Rent"

Anne Hathaway, "Brokeback Mountain"

Taraji P. Henson, "Hustle & Flow"

Jessica Lange, "Broken Flowers"

Laura Linney, "The Squid and the Whale"

Emily Mortimer, "Match Point"

Sissy Spacek, "North Country"

Uma Thurman, "The Producers"

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1997

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What's with all these no-name movies? I've heard of maybe a handful and the year is almost over?

I've heard of most of them, with the exception of a couple foreign titles. The idies arent mass marketed like the major films

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EYE ON THE OSCARS: THE ACTOR

1. WORKING MAN'S CREDO

One feel-good perk of Oscar season is the praise often bestowed upon

actors with solid resumes and familiar faces who often toil without

immediate name recognition.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1995

2. LEAD ACTOR / IN THE RACE

Russell Crowe

Ralph Fiennes

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Anthony Hopkins

Terrence Howard

Heath Ledger

Tommy Lee Jones

Joaquin Phoenix

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

David Strathairn

Johnny Depp

Jeff Daniels

Jake Gyllenhaal

Nathan Lane

Viggo Mortensen

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1995

3. LEAD ACTOR / DARK HORSES

Eric Bana

Pierce Brosnan

Cillian Murphy

Bill Murray

Tom Wilkinson

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1995

4. SUPPORTING ACTORS / IN THE RACE

Clifton Collins Jr.

George Clooney

Matt Dillon

Paul Giamatti

Jake Gyllenhaal

Bob Hoskins

Richard Jenkins

Peter Sarsgaard

Donald Sutherland

Ken Watanabe

Roger Bart / Gary Beach

Don Cheadle

Frank Langella

Robert Patrick

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1995

5. SUPPORTING ACTOR / DARK HORSE

Anthony Anderson

Matt Damon

Colin Farrell

Woody Harrelson

William Hurt

Greg Kinnear

Jesse L. Martin

Ian McDiarmid

Barry Pepper

Geoffrey Rush

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=1995

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6. THE PRODUCERS: IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Caroline Baron

Chris Bender

Grant Heslov

Brian Grazer

Nick Wechsler

Carolynne Cunningham

Sarah Green

Cathy Schulman

Michael Fitzgerald

Peter Newman

Michael Barnathan

Carole Fenelon

Mel Brooks

Douglas Wick

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2070

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EYE ON THE OSCARS: THE SCREENPLAY

1. INTRODUCTION: WORD WRANGLERS' TIME TO TANGLE

Veterans and rookies pepper the kudos contenders lineup this year as

Variety runs down more than two dozen names, mixing past Oscar winners

and multiple nominees with first-time scripters, hyphenates and legit

veterans.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

2. DAN FUTTERMAN, "CAPOTE"

Futterman's lean, chilling script reveals the dark side of the

much-admired writer. "Capote was tremendously manipulative, in a way

that made it easy to plot out scenes: Now he's seducing Perry, now

he's getting him to tell him that piece of the story, now he's pulling

back because he knows Perry will come after him," Futterman says.

"Gerald Clarke gave me this stack of letters that Perry and Dick had

written to Capote from prison. This childlike way that Perry tries to

get Truman to visit is heartbreaking."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

3. LARRY MCMURTRY AND DIANA OSSANA, "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN"

"Moving," "haunting" and "disturbing" are words often used to describe

this potent, spare story. Ossana says maintaining the tone, from the

short story to the script to the movie, was the thing she was heavily

focused on. Ossana read the story in the New Yorker in 1997, and

insisted McMurtry read it immediately. He did, and they acted quickly

to acquire an option with their own money from author Annie Proulx.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

4. JEFFREY CAINE, "THE CONSTANT GARDENER"

John le Carre's stories usually defy screen adaptation, but

screenwriter Caine weaves the author's recurring themes of intimacy

and betrayal into an unusual cross between a thriller and a love

story. Caine found himself writing three dramatic strands: "(The)

political content, about the nefarious doings of international pharma

in Africa; that personal search by a bereaved man to discover who his

wife really was; and a framework that is suspenseful enough to keep

the audience interested."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

5. JOSH OLSON, "A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE"

Olson started with the graphic novel, but kept little more than the

premise of a small-town man accused of being an ex-mobster. "What

interested me is the question of identity," says Olson. "All of us

create who we are over the years," Olson says. "Everybody tells lies

to the people around them and themselves about who they are. You have

to get through the day. What happens when all that is stripped away?"

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

6. ROBIN SWICORD, "MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA"

Swicord uses the memoir form to her advantage by having Sayuri narrate

parts of the screenplay, a conceit that makes the film more personal

and helps clarify some of the complex tale's baroque turns. Long

anticipated as a Steven Spielberg pic, the movie ultimately was

produced by Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher and helmed by Rob Marshall. "I

hadn't read the book in about four or five years," recalls Swicord,

"so when Doug and Lucy called me to meet Rob in December 2003, I just

went in and had a really pleasant meeting. I read the book over the

winter break and lost myself in this other world."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

7. MICHAEL SEITZMAN, "NORTH COUNTRY"

Seitzman got excited about the subject when he saw the authors

discussing the book on "The Today Show." He contacted them via their

publisher, and eventually pitched his take on the story and was able

to secure the rights.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

8. DEBORAH MOGGACH, "PRIDE & PREJUDICE"

Moggach gives us Georgian-era England in all its vivid, contradictory

and class-conscious glory. Instead of the prim and rarefied world of

the drawing room, however, she sets the action in the heart of the

energetic Bennet household of five sisters, their marriage-minded

mother and long-suffering father.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

9. DAVID AUBURN AND REBECCA MILLER, "PROOF"

In 2001, Auburn won the Tony and the Pulitzer for his examination of

madness and genius in a gifted academic family. While the playwright

was the first writer hired to adapt the work for the screen, the draft

he turned in didn't strike director John Madden and the film's

producers as being sufficiently cinematic. In stepped Miller, whom

Madden chose on the strength of her 2002 indie pic "Personal

Velocity."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

10. STEVE MARTIN, "SHOPGIRL"

A sometimes whimsical, sometimes melancholy love story framed like a

fractured fairy tale. The voiceover, by Martin, is neither narration

nor exposition. "I first wrote the script with no voiceover, just to

make sure it can be done," Martin says. "I generally don't like

voiceover as exposition because I don't think anyone is listening. In

the film, it's all lyrical rather than expository and always happens

over stillness. It's meant to be like chapters -- the voiceover

buttons the various chapters."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

11. STEPHEN GAGHAN, "SYRIANA"

Gaghan took two years to write the screenplay, notable for its

ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy. With more than 100 speaking

roles, the screenwriter tried to be punctilious in making every line

pitch-perfect. "I wanted to be sure the characters talked just like

their equivalents in the real world," says Gaghan, "so I ran the

script by all kinds of insiders that helped me catch the proper

phrasing."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

12. GILL DENNIS AND JAMES MANGOLD, "WALK THE LINE"

Dennis and Mangold document the personal tragedies and pain -- the

death of a brother, a failed marriage and drug addiction -- that gave

Johnny Cash's songs their dark undertone. "The story became one of a

man's failure at love, and a second chance," says Dennis. "I remember

thinking it was the story of a man who was afraid to love, because he

loved his brother and his brother died. That was something that was

eating at him."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

13. CLIFF HOLLINGSWORTH AND AKIVA GOLDSMAN, "CINDERELLA MAN"

Hollingsworth and Goldsman skirt the usual cliches about boxing,

instead relying on small moments and telling details to show the

sacrifices Braddock makes for his family.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

14. PAUL HAGGIS AND ROBERT MORESCO, "CRASH"

No one is spared in this incendiary "La Ronde," in which Los Angelenos

of various races and classes are driven, as if by magic or destiny, to

smash against one another, forcing them to face their deepest

prejudices and fears. "These two carjackers stole my car, and after 12

years I decided to write about them," says Haggis. "I woke up and

started writing at 2 in the morning and was finished at 10 a.m., and

then called up Bobby and said, 'I have this story, do you want to try

and work it out with me?' "

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

15. GEORGE CLOONEY AND GRANT HESLOV, "GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK"

Clooney and Heslov weave together original footage of McCarthy,

transcripts of Murrow's shows and invented offscreen dialogue to

dramatize the war of words between two larger-than-life figures.

Originally intended as a look at the perils of entertainment squeezing

out news at the networks, pic gained extra timeliness because

questions of dissent vs. disloyalty in the face of a foreign threat

are current again. "It was like 'The Crucible' for us," says Heslov,

"the way Arthur Miller used the witch hunts to illuminate what was

happening in the '50s."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

16. WOODY ALLEN, "MATCH POINT"

Allen rarely makes dramas anymore, but with "Match Point" he displays

masterful command of the genre. A tragic morality play in the vein of

Allen's Oscar-nominated 1989 film "Crimes and Misdemeanors," the

script takes on weighty philosophical concerns but remains eminently

watchable thanks to its elegant structure, Jamesian attention to

detail and rich, layered characterizations.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

17. TONY KUSHNER AND ERIC ROTH, "MUNICH"

Director Steven Spielberg hadn't committed to helming the pic until he

saw Kushner's original script -- and then scribe wasn't even sure he

wanted to do it. "Tony came to the process about a year before

shooting and was initially reluctant," says producer and longtime

Spielberg collaborator Kathleen Kennedy. "When he came on, he didn't

want us to pay him. He said, 'Let me write a few scenes and let's see

what you think.' "

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

18. TERRENCE MALICK, "THE NEW WORLD"

Malick wrote a draft of this script back in the 1970s. His research

led him to the colonists' journals, John Smith's among them. Malick

even visited Virginia. Then he put the script away. But when he met

producer Sarah Green three years ago and discussed various projects,

he handed her the script, saying, according to Green, "I think this

might be the right time for this."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

19. NOAH BAUMBACH, "THE SQUID AND THE WHALE"

The "indie film dramedy" has become something of a cliche over the

past few years, yet Baumbach imbues this script with a freshness that

transcends the genre. "I was under the impression that I was writing a

comedy, but I think the movie's sadder than I let on," says Baumbach.

"If a movie is grounded properly, and I think this film is, it should

be able to hold any amount of comedy and any amount of seriousness."

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

20. GUILLERMO ARRIAGA, "THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA"

Based on Tommy Lee Jones' admiration for Arriaga's writing, the two

men struck up a friendship and spent days hunting deer on Jones' West

Texas ranch. They began talking about a story. "We have the same

obsessions and themes," says Arriaga. "One day I was watching a coyote

eat something, and I thought, what if that was a wetback that was

killed and buried there to cover it up?" He pitched the idea to Jones,

who liked it, then went home to Mexico City and spent a year writing

the script in Spanish.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...categoryid=2010

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3. PIC PALETTE FOR ART DIRECTORS' KUDOS

'Geisha,' 'Jarhead,' 'Syriana' among nominees

"Walk the Line," "King Kong" and "Batman Begins" are among the pics

up for Art Directors Guild awards, to be handed out Feb. 11 at the

Beverly Hilton. Nominations in the period/fantasy category went to

Nathan Crowley, Alex McDowell, Jim Bissell, Grant Major and John

Myhre.

http://email.variety.com/cgi-bin7/DM/y/ekJ...QXz0Oe40BARY0EM

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Oscar Blogs:

Gold Derby blog on the Envelope, the L.A. Times's

The New York Times' version is called Carpetbagger

Hollywood Elsewhere

Hot Button, Movie City News

Dark Horizons

OscarWatch.com

And the Oscar Goes To (currently athttp://trak.to/oscar/)

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Ang Lee took the Best Director Award from the DGA for Brokeback Mountain - that practically makes him a shoo-in for the Oscar

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/moviea...ors-guild_x.htm

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Witherspoon, 'Crash' Win Top SAG Honors

LOS ANGELES - Reese Witherspoon as singer June Carter in "Walk the Line" and Philip Seymour Hoffman as author Truman Capote in "Capote" won lead-acting awards Sunday from the Screen Actors Guild, while the ensemble drama "Crash" pulled off an upset win over Brokeback Mountain" for the overall cast award.

Rachel Weisz of the murder-thriller "The Constant Gardener" and Paul Giamatti of the boxing drama "Cinderella Man" received supporting-acting honors.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060130/ap_en_tv/film_sag_awards

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'Brokeback Mountain' Gets 8 Oscar Nods

The cowboy love story "Brokeback Mountain" led the Academy Awards field Tuesday with eight nominations, among them best picture and honors for actor Heath Ledger and director Ang Lee.

Also nominated for best picture were the Truman Capote story "Capote"; the ensemble drama "Crash"; the Edward R. Murrow chronicle "Good Night, and Good Luck"; and the assassination thriller "Munich."

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/31/D8FFQ3HO3.html

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I didn't watch many movies this year but I hope Clooney's movie goes well

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The buzz is Clooney has supporting actor in the bag for Syriana. The buzz for best movie the "Gay Cowboy' movie. I bet the conservatives are loving this. :bigsmile:

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'Mountain' tops at WGA

'Brokeback,' 'Crash' take home top prizes

'Brokeback Mountain' won the best adapted screenplay award by the WGA.

'Crash' took home the award for best original screenplay.

The Writers Guild of America has given its best adapted screenplay award to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana for "Brokeback Mountain" and its best original screenplay prize to Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco for "Crash."

Awards, based on voting by the 13,000 WGA members, were announced Saturday night at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hollywood Palladium and the Waldorf-Astoria in Gotham.

http://www.variety.com/ac2006_article/VR11...oryid=1985&cs=1

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The buzz is Clooney has supporting actor in the bag for Syriana.  The buzz for best movie the "Gay Cowboy' movie.  I bet the conservatives are loving this. :bigsmile:

At the end of the Oscars evening I hope George Clooney tells all the neocons of the Bush administration "Good Night And Good Luck"....

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Crash' May Pull Off Surprise Oscar Win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bad Academy Awards puns are flying. There's the ``Brokeback backlash'' ... the little film that ``crashed'' the party ... the one about ``Brokeback Mountain'' peaking too early.

While the cowboy love story ``Brokeback Mountain'' has been established as a solid favorite for the best-picture Oscar, the ensemble drama ``Crash'' has an ardent following and some late-season momentum that could make it a surprise winner.

http://channels.netscape.com/news/story.js...0&w=APO&coview=

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Brokeback emerges as Bafta winner

Western romance Brokeback Mountain emerged as the big winner at the Orange Bafta awards, winning best film and director for Ang Lee.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4724066.stm

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