Academy Awards Preview

On March 5, the lights will come up on the stage at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood for the 78th Annual Academy Awards Shows, hosted by Jon Stewart.

The night’s biggest awards are best picture, best actor, best actress, and best director. The Oscars will be aired on ABC at 5pm.

And the Nominees are:

 

Best Picture/Director:

 

“Brokeback Mountain”/Ang Lee:

It is a story about two young men in the 1960s who fall in love with each other after a summer of herding sheep atop Brokeback Mountain.

The movie details the separate lives of these men as forces beyond their control pull them further apart from each other physically, but closer in their hearts.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway

Also nominated for:

Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor, Achievement in Cinematography, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay

 

“Capote”/Bennet Miller

Famed author Truman Capote travels to Kansas to investigate the murder of a family for the plot of his next book. The movie shows as Capote as he becomes emotionally involved in the case.

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener

Also nominated for:

Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

 

“Crash”/Paul Haggis

Stereotypes collide as a group of diverse and complex people in Los Angeles are tied together over the course of two days and forced to face the prejudice that has been ingrained in the city which prevented them from seeing each other in a real light.

Starring: Karina Arroyave, Dato Bakhtadze, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon

Also nominated for:

Best Supporting Actor, Best Director,

Achievement in Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay

 

“Good Night, and Good Luck”/ George Clooney

Based on the real life events of the 1950s and Senator McCarthy’s “witchhunt” for Communists, the movie tells of how CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, try to confront McCarthy about his tactics.

Starring: David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr.

Also Nominated for:

Best Actor, Achievement in Art Directing, Achievement Cinematography, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay

 

“Munich”/Steven Spielberg

After 11 Israeli athletes are murdered at the 1976 Munich Olympics, a group of trained agents is formed to find the murders. It follows the effects the mission has on the group’s leader, Avner.

Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig

Also nominated for:

Best Director, Achievement in Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay

 

Will win (best picture): “Brokeback Mountain”

Should Win: “Brokeback Mountain”

The movie shook the country in 2005. It changed the big screen in terms of acceptable themes and it was well acted and directed. Overall, it was just the best.

 

Will Win (best director): Ang Lee

Should Win: Spielberg or Clooney

They are two popular celebrities. It would be nice to see Clooney win an Oscar after all his work in on TV and the big screen, as a culmination of all his hard work.

Spielberg is just a genius when it comes to movies and “Munich” was an amazing movie. It would be nice to see him win this Oscar.

 

Best Actor:

 

Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote”

Terrance Howard in “Hustle and Flow”

Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain”

Joaquin Phoenix in “Walk the Line”

David Strathairn in “Good Night and Good Luck”

 

Will Win: Joaquin Phoenix

Should Win: Heath Ledger

Ledger should win because it would prove the Academy appreciates the young actor. He risked his career for this role and played it to perfection. Not many young actors would choose this role, and not many could have played it like Ledger did.

 

Best Actress:

 

Judi Dench in “Mrs. Henderson Presents”

Felicity Huffman in “Transamerica”

Keira Knightly in “Pride and Prejudice”

Charlize Theron in “North Country”

Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”

 

Will Win: Judi Dench

Should Win: Charlize Theron

Theron truly plays the role to perfection. She challenged convention and did it well.