What A Year 2006 Was…
The list of movies in contention 2006's Oscars, or the 78th Academy Awards as they are formally known, was an absolutely stellar one. The likes of Crash, Capote, Brokeback Mountain, Munich, Good Night and Good Luck, A History Of Violence, The Constant Gardener and so many more all competing for gongs. Here’s the rundown in full…
Who were the winners?
Crash, Paul Haggis' dark look at Los Angeles, was the big winner, grabbing Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing. Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain fared as well, netting him the Best Director Award as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.
In the acting categories, Philip Seymour Hoffman's scarily accurate portrayal of Truman Capote won him Best Actor, with Reese Witherspoon winning for her role as June Carter in Walk The Line. In the supporting ranks, George Clooney for his role in the geopolitical thriller Syriana while Rachel Weisz picked up Best Supporting Actress for her turn in Fernando Meirelles' turbulent tale The Constant Gardener.
Peter Jackson's new King Kong and Memoirs Of A Geisha dominated the technical awards, with the former taking home the gongs for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects while the latter received the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.
It's perhaps a sign of the number of outstanding films on show in 2006 that the awards were split evenly, with Brokeback Mountain, Crash, King Kong and Memoirs Of A Geisha taking home three gongs each.
Who were the losers?
It seems churlish to say given it walked away with the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score as well as the Best Director gong, but Brokeback Mountain walked away empty handed in both acting categories and best picture, in spite of being many people's outstanding film of that particular year.
David Cronenberg's dark, unsettling thriller A History Of Violence, Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking reboot Batman Begins and the harrowing Munich all walked away empty handed, despite several nominations.
Paul Haggis might have picked up Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Crash, but he lost out to Ang Lee in the Best Director stakes, while Matt Dillon lost out to George Clooney in the Best Supporting Actor race.
As well as this, Walk The Line's Reese Witherspoon did take home the Best Actress award, but leading man Joaquin Phoenix lost out in the same category to Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Missing in action?
The most obvious snub was for Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, which received no nods despite it's innovate direction, cinematography and art direction.
Ellen Page's troubling turn in Hard Candy also went unrecognised, as did Joss Whedon's Serenity and the whipsmart Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
Easily the most surprising snub was for Sam Mendes' gripping drama Jarhead, which didn’t even receive so much as a single nomination in any category. Given the performances in that film, especially Jake Gyllenhaal's turn as the turbulent Swoff, are absolutely top notch, it seems like a very odd move to ignore it…
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