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Oscars 2006

Smaller Films Bask in the Spotlight

This year smaller films have rightfully earned their place on the nominations list. Out of the five films nominated for Best Picture arguably only two (Crash, Munich) were produced and directed by big Hollywood studios. The rest of the contenders were more quiet and unassuming and slipped into the mainstream via word-of-word (i.e. Brokeback Mountain). Out of the actors nominated for the Actor in a Leading Role award, only Joaquin Phoenix hailed from a big studio film, Walk the Line. The same could also be said for the Actress in a Leading Role category. While many of the films highlighted this year did not have success according to box office numbers, they gained success from critics and ardent filmgoers. And, finally, the Academy listened.

The Nominees: http://oscars.com/nominees/list.html

Best Actor

Mel Valentin
WILL WIN: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
SHOULD WIN: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

Matt Forsman
WILL WIN: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

Rossiter Drake
WILL WIN: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

Ryan Wiederkehr
WILL WIN: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

Anhoni Patel
WILL WIN: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
SHOULD WIN: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain


Best Actress

Mel Valentin
WILL WIN: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
SHOULD WIN: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica

Matt Forsman
WILL WIN: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
SHOULD WIN: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica

Rossiter Drake
WILL WIN: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
SHOULD WIN: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica

Ryan Wiederkehr
WILL WIN: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
SHOULD WIN: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica

Anhoni Patel
WILL WIN: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
SHOULD WIN: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica


Best Supporting Actor

Mel Valentin
WILL WIN: George Clooney, Syriana
SHOULD WIN: George Clooney, Syriana

Matt Forsman
WILL WIN: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
SHOULD WIN: Matt Dillon, Crash

Rossiter Drake
WILL WIN: George Clooney, Syriana
SHOULD WIN: Matt Dillon, Crash

Ryan Wiederkehr
WILL WIN: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
SHOULD WIN: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man

Anhoni Patel
WILL WIN: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
SHOULD WIN: Matt Dillon, Crash


Best Supporting Actress

Mel Valentin
WILL WIN: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
SHOULD WIN: Frances McDormand, North Country

Matt Forsman
WILL WIN: Amy Adams, Junebug
SHOULD WIN: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener

Rossiter Drake
WILL WIN: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
SHOULD WIN: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener

Ryan Wiederkehr
WILL WIN: Frances McDormand, North Country
SHOULD WIN: Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

Anhoni Patel
WILL WIN: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
SHOULD WIN: Frances McDormand, North Country


Best Director

Mel Valentin
WILL WIN: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

Matt Forsman
WILL WIN: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

Rossiter Drake
WILL WIN: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

Ryan Wiederkehr
WILL WIN: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck

Anhoni Patel
WILL WIN: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck


Best Feature Film

Mel Valentin
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Brokeback Mountain

Matt Forsman
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Crash

Rossiter Drake
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Brokeback Mountain

Ryan Wiederkehr
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Brokeback Mountain

Anhoni Patel
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Crash


Best Original Screenplay

Mel Valentin
WILL WIN: Crash
SHOULD WIN: Syriana

Matt Forsman
WILL WIN: Crash
SHOULD WIN: Squid and the Whale

Rossiter Drake
WILL WIN: Crash
SHOULD WIN: Syriana

Ryan Wiederkehr
WILL WIN: Squid and the Whale
SHOULD WIN: Squid and the Whale

Anhoni Patel
WILL WIN: Crash
SHOULD WIN: Crash

Best Adapted Screenplay

Mel Valentin
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Brokeback Mountain

Matt Forsman
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: A History of Violence

Rossiter Drake
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Capote

Ryan Wiederkehr
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Brokeback Mountain

Anhoni Patel
WILL WIN: Brokeback Mountain
SHOULD WIN: Brokeback Mountain