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Crash Wins at Oscars 2006

By Robert Alstead - Posted on 06 March 2006

Crash pipped Brokeback Mountain for the best film award at the Oscar ceremony, held last night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The bookies knew something was up when they narrowed the odds (from 8/1 to 6/4) yesterday on Crash winning that category in the run-up to the ceremony. Brokeback Mountain was ahead at 1/2. Ang Lee had the consolation of taking Best Director, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay Award, and Best Score.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) were popular winners in the Best Acting categories, with George Clooney (Syriana) and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) winning the awards for supporting roles. It was a night where Hollywood glam was tinged with political barbs from Daily Show comic Jon Stewart who hosted the night's proceedings. Clooney and Weisz also took a political line, albeit more earnest, recognising the importance of activism in the current political climate in their acceptance speeches.

The heavily-pregnant Weisz wasn't the only Brit to turn her nomination into success: there was joy for Bristol-based Aardman animation when Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit was announced as the winner of the Animated Feature category. Nick Park and Steve Box, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, were dressed in matching oversized bow ties. They accepted their little gold statuettes by adorning them with miniature, matching stripey ties.

Populist documentary March of the Penguins won the non-fiction gong and South African drama Tsotsi, an Edinburgh Film Festival favourite, won in the foreign film category.


Best PictureWinner: Crash Brokeback MountainGood Night and Good LuckMunichCapote

Best Director Winner: Ang Lee - Brokeback MountainSteven Spielberg - Munich Paul Haggis - CrashBennett Miller - CapoteGeorge Clooney - Good Night and Good Luck

Best ActorWinner: Philip Seymour Hoffman - CapoteDavid Strathairn - Good Night and Good LuckHeath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the LineTerrence Howard - Hustle and Flow

Best ActressWinner: Reese Witherspoon - Walk the LineDame Judi Dench - Mrs Henderson PresentsFelicity Huffman - TransamericaCharlize Theron - North CountryKeira Knightley - Pride and Prejudice

Best Supporting ActorWinner: George Clooney - SyrianaJake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback MountainPaul Giamatti - Cinderella ManMatt Dillon - CrashWilliam Hurt - A History of Violence

Best Supporting ActressWinner: Rachel Weisz - The Constant GardenerMichelle Williams - Brokeback MountainFrances McDormand - North CountryAmy Adams - JunebugCatherine Keener - Capote

Best Documentary Feature Winner: March of the PenguinsDarwin's NightmareEnron: The Smartest Guys in the Room MurderballStreet Fight

Best Foreign Language Film Winner: Tsotsi (South Africa) Don't Tell (Italy) Joyeux Noel (France) Paradise Now (Palestinian territories) Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Germany)

Best Film EditingWinner: Crash Cinerella Man The Constant Gardener Munich Walk the Line

Best Cinematography Winner: Memoirs of a GeishaBatman BeginsBrokeback MountainGood Night and Good LuckThe New World

Best Adapted ScreenplayWinner: Brokeback Mountain CapoteThe Constant GardenerA History of Violence Munich

Best Original Screenplay Winner: CrashGood Night and Good LuckMatch PointThe Squid and the WhaleSyriana

Best Visual EffectsWinner: King KongThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeWar of the Worlds

Best Animated Feature FilmWinner: Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-RabbitHowl's Moving CastleCorpse Bride

Best Art Direction Winner: Memoirs of a GeishaGood Night and Good LuckHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireKing Kong Pride and Prejudice

Best Costume DesignWinner: Memoirs of a GeishaCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryMrs Henderson PresentsPride and PrejudiceWalk the Line

Best Make-up Winner: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Cinderella Man Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Best Sound MixingWinner: King Kong The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeMemoirs of a GeishaWalk the LineWar of the Worlds

Best Music (Score) Winner: Brokeback Mountain The Constant Gardener Memoirs of a Geisha MunichPride and Prejudice

Best Music (Song)Winner: It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp - Hustle and Flow In the Deep - CrashTravelin' Thru - Transamerica

Sound EditingWinner: King KongMemoirs of a GeishaWar of the Worlds

Lifetime Achievement AwardDirector and writer Robert Altman


Best Short Film Winner: Six Shooter Ausreisser (The Runaway) Cashback The Last Farm Our Time is Up

Best Documentary Short SubjectWinner: A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club God Sleeps in Rwanda The Mushroom Club

Best Animated Short Film Winner: The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation Badgered The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello 9 One Man Band