Oscar nominations were announced this morning, courtesy of a heroically bleary-eyed Mira Sorvino. The highlights:
- Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Junebug; Catherine Keener, Capote; Frances McDormand, North Country; Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener; Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain. Hmph, Scarlett Johansson was snubbed. But whatever, at least she still has her giant breasts to amuse herself with.
- Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney, Syriana, Matt Dillon, Crash; Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man; Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain; William Hurt, A History of Violence. Ooh, William Hurt is a big surprise here. He could also qualify for an award for Best Receding Hairline and General Age-Related Deterioration.
- Best Actress: Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents; Felicity Huffman, Transamerica; Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice; Charlize Theron, North Country; Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line. Wow, good job Keira Knightley.
- Best 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. Largely as expected, except Mr. Howard excellently trumps the much-predicted Russell Crowe. See, this is what happens when you THROW YOUR PHONE AT THE HELP.
- Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain; Bennett Miller, Capote; Paul Haggis, Crash; George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck; Steven Spielberg, Munich. Nice to see Capote get recognized. Remarkable that there are only two established names in this group.
- Best Original Screenplay: Crash; Good Night, and Good Luck; Match Point; The Squid and the Whale; Syriana. Damn, Clooney is really racking them up.
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Brokeback Mountain; Capote; The Constant Gardener; A History of Violence; Munich. No big surprises here.
- Best Picture: Brokeback Mountain; Capote; Crash; Good Night, and Good Luck; Munich. Yay Capote. This movie was largely overlooked at the Golden Globes, and though it won’t win Best Picture here, it’s incredible and well worth seeing.
In sum: Brokeback Mountain leads with eight; George Clooney got himself four personal nominations—for Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Producer, and Director. Impressive. Big snubs: I’d say Don Cheadle for Crash and Walk the Line for Best Picture. And King Kong and Memoirs of a Geisha—or as Charlie Gibson says it, GEEEEEEEEESHA—were confined to the technical categories.