The race is on 'Brokeback' leads the field with 8 nominations


Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 11:10 p.m.

Facts

Oscars are March 5

  • What: The 78th annual Academy Awards will honor the best in film. Comedian Jon Stewart is set to host the event. To find a complete list of nominees, see Page 6D.
  • When: 8 p.m. March 5
  • Where: ABC (Cox cable channel 7)

  • As the experts had predicted, the cowboy love story "Brokeback Mountain" led the way Tuesday in Academy Awards nominations.
    "Brokeback" landed 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." Three films were tied with six nominations each - "Crash," "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," though "Geisha" was shut out in the top categories.
    "Munich," which had fallen off many awards analysts' best-picture picks after a lukewarm reception, scored well with five nominations, including director for Steven Spielberg.
    "King Kong," directed by "Lord of the Rings" creator Peter Jackson, earned only technical nominations, losing out in the major categories. George Clooney picked up three nominations: as supporting actor for his role as a steadfast CIA undercover agent in "Syriana" and best director and co-writer for "Good Night." It was the first time ever that a contender was honored with acting and directing nominations for two different movies.
    Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon as Los Angelenos whose lives merge in "Crash."
    FOR BEST PICTURE
  • "Brokeback Mountain"
  • "Capote"
  • "Crash"
  • "Good Night, and Good Luck"
  • "Munich"
    FOR BEST ACTOR
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
  • Terrence Howard, "Hustle & Flow"
  • Heath Ledger, "Brokeback Mountain"
  • Joaquin Phoenix, "Walk the Line"
  • David Strathairn, "Good Night, and Good Luck"
    Felicity Huffman as a transsexual woman in "Transamerica."
    FOR BEST ACTRESS
  • Judi Dench, "Mrs. Henderson Presents"
  • Felicity Huffman, "Transamerica"
  • Keira Knightley, "Pride & Prejudice"
  • Charlize Theron, "North Country"
  • Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"
    George Clooney as an undercover CIA agent in "Syriana."
    FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • George Clooney, "Syriana"
  • Matt Dillon, "Crash"
  • Paul Giamatti, "Cinderella Man"
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, "Brokeback Mountain"
  • William Hurt, "A History of Violence"
    FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Amy Adams, "Junebug"
  • Catherine Keener, "Capote"
  • Frances McDormand, "North Country"
  • Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener"
  • Michelle Williams, "Brokeback Mountain"
    Bennett Miller, director of "Capote."
    FOR BEST DIRECTOR
  • Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain"
  • Bennett Miller, "Capote"
  • Paul Haggis, "Crash"
  • George Clooney, "Good Night, and Good Luck"
  • Steven Spielberg, "Munich"
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