Thursday, March 09, 2006

OSCAR® WINNERS IN A NUTSHELL

Here is the nutshell:

Motion Picture, CRASH; Director, Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain); Actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote); Actress, Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line); Supporting Actor, George Clooney (Syriana); Supporting Actress, Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener); Original Screenplay, CRASH; Adapted Screenplay (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN). CRASH, directed by Paul Haggis, also received the statuette for Film Editiing, and BROKEBACK won for Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla).

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA was nominated in five categories and won statuettes for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Costume Design. However, KING KONG topped MEMOIRS in Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Plus, KONG won in Visual Effects, making a total of three wins for both.

Other film wins went to: Foreign Language Film, TSOTSI (South Africa, Gavin Hood, Director); Animated Feature, WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT; and Documentary Feature, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Luc Jacquet.

In the Short Films Categories: Documentary Short, A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN; Animated Short. THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION; and Live-Action Short, SIX SHOOTER.

The Memphis hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia(Jordon "Juicy J" Houston, Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard and Darnell "Crunchy Black" Carlton, Cedric "Frayser Boy" Coleman), made history when they performed the first hip-hop song ever performed on an Academy Awards telecast, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" (music and lyrics by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, and Paul Beauregard) from HUSTLE & FLOW. Then, history was made again when the song won the Best Song of 2005. Singer Taraji P. Henson, the actress who played Shug and sang the hook (melody overlay) in the film, sang over the "boys" hip-hop vocal rhythm. The movie DVD and soundtrack CD, with the original explicit lyrics, are available.
[Official Oscar Site]

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