And the Surprising Nominee is… Keira Knightley

The list of Oscar nominees is out today, and it’s mostly unsurprising. Gay Cowboys and George Clooney, so basically just Gay Cowboys. Nothing unexpected there. There were a few unexpected bits that popped up, though. Amy Adams for best supporting actress in Junebug, and Keira Knightley for best actress in Pride and Prejudice. So now I actually have a reason to write this post. Yay! A reason for Keira Knightley pictures!

You can find more pictures of Kiera Knightley, and the full list of nominees, complete with my predictions, after the jump.

Oscar Nominees and Predictions

Best Picture
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck
Munich

Will Win: Brokeback Mountain
Should Win: Munich or Goodnight and Good Luck

Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Will Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Should Win: David Strathairn (Cuz Hoffman creeped me out. A lot.)

Actress
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron, North Country
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Will Win: Felicity Huffman or Reese Witherspoon
Should Win: I don’t have a clue. I’ve only seen one of those movies, but let’s go with Keira cuz she’s the prettiest.

Supporting Actor
George Clooney, Syriana
Matt Dillon, Crash
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt, A History of Violence

Will Win: Geogey boy or possibly Paul Giamatti (unless they turn him into the Susan Lucci of the Oscars)
Should Win: You, know what? I like Clooney for this one.

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Junebug
Catherine Keener, Capote
Frances McDormand, North Country
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

Will Win: Rachel Weisz
Should Win:
Again, no clue here. Amy Adams sticks out like a sore thumb, though. Let’s give it to her, cuz she’s pretty too.

Director
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Bennett Miller, Capote
Paul Haggis, Crash
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
Steven Spielberg, Munich

Will Win: Ang Lee. What with the Gay Cowboys and all.
Should Win: George Clooney. Did you see Good Night and Good Luck?

Foreign Film
Don’t Tell, Italy
Joyeux Noel, France
Paradise Now, Palestine
Sophie Scholl — The Final Days, Germany
Tsotsi, South Africa.

Will Win: Most people would say Paradise Now, cuz it won the Golden Globe.
Should Win: How the hell should I know? But I have a feeling the “Academy” won’t like the whole Palestine thing.

Adapted Screenplay
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain
Dan Futterman, Capote
Jeffrey Caine, The Constant Gardener
Josh Olson, A History of Violence
Tony Kushner and Eric Roth, Munich

Will Win: This one usually goes to the movie that doesn’t win best picture, so I’m thinking Capote, A History of Violence, and Munich all have a good chance.
Should Win: A History of Violence. No question.

Original Screenplay
Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, Crash
George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck
Woody Allen, Match Point
Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
Stephen Gaghan, Syriana

Will Win: Again, it’s the whole “we like you, but just not enough” thing. GNGL, Syriana, Match Point, are all contenders.
Should Win: GNGL, Syriana, Match Point.

Animated Feature Film
Howl’s Moving Castle
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Will Win: Probably Howl.
Should Win: Wallace & Gromit.

Art Direction
Good Night, and Good Luck
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Pride & Prejudice.

Will Win: Well, no way it goes to Kong, or Potter. Knowing the Academy, it’ll be Memoirs.
Should Win: GNGL.

Cinematography
Batman Begins
Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, and Good Luck
Memoirs of a Geisha
The New World

Will Win: It’s easy to say Brokeback, just cuz I think that’s what they’ve all been trained to tick off.
Should Win: I can’t believe they actually nominated Batman. But GNGL was really well done.

Sound Mixing
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Walk the Line
War of the Worlds

Will Win: Are you still reading this?
Should Win: Seriously, why are you still here?

Sound Editing
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
War of the Worlds

Will Win: Nobody cares about sound anyway.
Should Win: That’s why there’s only three nominees.

Original Score
Brokeback Mountain, Gustavo Santaolalla
The Constant Gardener, Alberto Iglesias
Memoirs of a Geisha, John Williams
Munich, John Williams
Pride & Prejudice, Dario Marianelli.

Will Win: When has John Williams not won an Oscar?
Should Win: Come on, it’s John Williams. They’re still giving him Oscars for Star Wars and Superman.

Original Song
In the Deep from Crash, Kathleen Bird York and Michael Becker
It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp from Hustle & Flow Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard
Travelin’ Thru from Transamerica, Dolly Parton.

Will Win: It really doesn’t matter. No one has actually heard these songs, and it’s a lame categroy, anyway.
Should Win: There’s a song with the word “Pimp” in the title. Who do you think should win!?

Costume
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Memoirs of a Geisha
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
Walk the Line

Will Win: Memoirs. No question.
Should Win: Okay, maybe they deserve it.

Documentary Feature
Darwin’s Nightmare
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
March of the Penguins
Murderball
Street Fight

Will Win: Penguins.
Should Win: I hate to say I haven’t seen the other ones, but I did really like the penguins.

Documentary (short subject)
The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
God Sleeps in Rwanda
The Mushroom Club
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

Will Win: ???
Should Win: ???

Film Editing
Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Crash
Munich
Walk the Line

Will Win: Munich
Should Win: Munich

Makeup
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Cinderella Man
Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith

Will Win: Narnia
Should Win: Come on, just give it to Lucas!

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

Will Win: Why are you bothering me with this?
Should Win: These categories do not matter.

Live Action Short Film
Ausreisser (The Runaway)
Cashback
The Last Farm
Our Time Is Up
Six Shooter

Will Win: Leave me alone.
Should Win: Go away.

Visual Effects
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
King Kong
War of the Worlds

Will Win: King.
Should Win: Kong.

Honorary Award (Oscar statuette)
Robert Altman

Really? When was the last time this guy made a movie? And when was the last time one of his movies was good?

The Gordon E. Sawyer award (Oscar statuette)
Gary Demos

Who?

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