My predictions in the six major categories at the 78th Annual Academy Awards were:
Best Picture – Brokeback Mountain
Best Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Best Actress – Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
Best Supporting Actor – Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Best Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Best Director – Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
So my score for 2006: 4 out of 6, not perfect, but not bad.
The ones I got wrong were:
Best Picture – Crash
Best Supporting Actor – George Clooney.
Since Clooney is loved in Hollywood, and he had three nominations, the reality is that he had to win at least once on Sunday night. To the dismay of Paul Giamatti and I, this is the one he won. But I am fine with it as his speech was great!
As for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN losing to CRASH, well, as I wrote below, “This is the biggest upset since SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE beat SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Over the years both of those winners will be forgotten while the films that were upset will live forever.”
As CRASH was announced as the Best Picture all I was thinking was: “I have no problems if I lose because a fellow Canadian won. Paul Haggis is Canadian, so I am happy.
Overall, the show was slow and quite uninteresting. When the ratings come out I suspect that they will be very, very low.
But that is the last prediction I will make until next January!
All that said, I watched every second of the telecast, and will do the same next year too!
I love Oscar night!!
Oh, congratulations to all of the winners!