So, the Oscars are done and dusted and as usual we have some well-deserved awards (Philip Seymour Hoffman for CAPOTE) and some errors (Rachel Weisz for THE CONSTANT GARDENER over Amy Adams in JUNEBUG; George Clooney in SYRIANA over William Hurt for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE; Tsotsi beating SOPHIE SCHOLL for Best Foreign Film). KING KONG cleaned up all the special effects awards and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA got anything to do with costume, sets and cinematography. I called all the acting awards correctly as well as the Script, Director and most of the technical categories. On "red at roulette" rules, if I had staked a tenner on each prediction, I would have staked £210 and won back £240, so a small, but not oracle-like, success. The only really big upset was that BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN was beaten by CRASH for BEST FILM. But really, I can't get too excited about a set of awards that effectively barred the two best films of the year: HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and HIDDEN; and the best docs., GRIZZLY MAN and MAD HOT BALLROOM. Here is the full list of winners, with the ones I thought would win marked with an asterisk. The full list of nominations can be found here.
BEST FILM: CRASH. BEST DIRECTOR: Ang Lee for BROKEBACK*. BEST ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman for CAPOTE*. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: George Clooney for SYRIANA*. BEST ACTRESS: Reese Witherspoon for WALK THE LINE*. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rachel Weisz for THE CONSTANT GARDENER*. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: WALLACE AND GROMIT*. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. BEST FOREIGN FILM: TSOTSI. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:Dion Beebe for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. BEST EDITING: Hughes Winborne for CRASH; BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana for BROKEBACK*. BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco for CRASH. BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Colleen Atwood for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA*. BEST ART/SET DIRECTION: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. BEST MAKE-UP: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. BEST SONG: It's hard out here for a pimp from HUSTLE AND FLOW.*.BEST SOUND EDITING: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. BEST SOUND MIXING: KING KONG*. BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: KING KONG*