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.
As the experts had predicted, the cowboy love story "Brokeback Mountain" led the way Tuesday in Academy Awards nominations.
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"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."
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and Good Luck"
Felicity Huffman as a transsexual woman in "Transamerica."
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George Clooney as an undercover CIA agent in "Syriana."
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Bennett Miller, director of "Capote."
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