And the Surprising Nominee is… Keira Knightley

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bill-swift - January 31, 2006

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



Good Night, and Good Luck


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


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.)


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.


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.


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!?


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


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



Walk the Line

Will Win: Munich
Should Win: Munich


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


The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello


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)


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


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