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The Academy Awards: The 78th Annual Academy Awards

This year's Oscar for Best Picture seems to focus on the controversial Brokeback Mountain and the summer release Crash. But will a split in voting between those two movies give way for any of the three other films to take home the big prize? Capote, Good Luck and Good Night, or Munich are also nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Ang Lee will also try to become the first Asian Director to ever win the Best Directing award. Brokeback Mountain leads the way with eight nominations. Crash, Good Luck and Good Night, and Memoirs of a Geisha has six nominations.


Episode Info


Episode number: 54x1
Airdate: Sunday March 05th, 2006



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Guest Stars
Ang Lee
As Winner: Best Director (for 'Brokeback Mountain')
Recurring
Philip Seymour Hoffman
As Winner: Best Actor (for 'Capote')
Recurring
Reese Witherspoon
As Winner: Best Actress (for 'Walk the Line')
Recurring
George Clooney
As Winner: Best Supporting Actor (for 'Syriana')
Recurring
Gustavo Santaolalla
As Winner: Best Original Score (for 'Brokeback Mountain')
Recurring
Robert Altman
As Winner: Academy Honorary Award
Recurring
Cathy Schulman
As Winner: Best Picture (for 'Crash')
Paul Haggis
As Winner: Best Picture / Best Original Screenplay (for 'Crash')
Rachel Weisz
As Winner: Best Supporting Actress (for 'The Constant Gardener')
Robert Moresco
As Winner: Best Original Screenplay (for 'Crash')
Diana Ossana
As Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay (for 'Brokeback Mountain')
Larry McMurtry
As Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay (for 'Brokeback Mountain')
D.J. Paul
As Winner: Best Original Song (for 'Hustle & Flow')
Juicy J
As Winner: Best Original Song (for 'Hustle & Flow')

Co-Guest Stars
Steven Spielberg
As Nominee: Best Director
Recurring
Heath Ledger
As Nominee: Best Actor
Recurring
Joaquin Phoenix
As Nominee: Best Actor
Recurring
Charlize Theron
As Nominee: Best Actress
Recurring
Judi Dench
As Nominee: Best Actress
Recurring
Jake Gyllenhaal
As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor
Recurring
Matt Dillon
As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor
Recurring
William Hurt
As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor
Recurring
Amy Adams (1)
As Nominee: Best Supporting Actress (for 'Junebug')
Recurring
Catherine Keener
As Nominee: Best Supporting Actress
Recurring
Frances McDormand
As Nominee: Best Supporting Actress
Recurring
Michelle Williams
As Nominee: Best Supporting Actress
Recurring
Bennett Miller
As Nominee: Best Director
David Strathairn
As Nominee: Best Actor
Terrence Howard
As Nominee: Best Actor
Felicity Huffman
As Nominee: Best Actress
Keira Knightley
As Nominee: Best Actress
Paul Giamatti
As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Musical Guests
Dolly Parton
As Herself ("Travelin' Thru")
Recurring
Three Six Mafia
As Themselves ("It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp")

Featuring
Hilary Swank
As Presenter
Recurring
Jack Nicholson
As Presenter
Recurring
Jamie Foxx
As Presenter
Recurring
Jennifer Aniston
As Presenter
Recurring
Jennifer Garner
As Presenter
Recurring
Jennifer Lopez
As Presenter
Recurring
Jessica Alba
As Presenter
Recurring
John Travolta
As Presenter
Recurring
Keanu Reeves
As Presenter
Recurring
Meryl Streep
As Presenter
Recurring
Morgan Freeman
As Presenter
Recurring
Naomi Watts
As Presenter
Recurring
Nicole Kidman
As Presenter
Recurring
Owen Wilson
As Presenter
Recurring
Queen Latifah
As Presenter
Recurring
Rachel McAdams
As Host (Scientific and Technical Awards)
Recurring
Salma Hayek
As Presenter
Recurring
Samuel L. Jackson
As Presenter
Recurring
Sandra Bullock
As Presenter
Recurring
Tom Hanks
As Presenter
Recurring
Uma Thurman
As Presenter
Recurring
Will Ferrell
As Presenter
Recurring
Ziyi Zhang
As Presenter
Recurring
Lily Tomlin
As Presenter
Luke Wilson
As Presenter

Uncredited
Adrienne Lau
As Audience Member
Marisa Petroro
As Trophy Presenter
Main Cast
Jon Stewart
As Himself
Episode Notes
Best Picture: Crash
Best Director: Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line
Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney - Syriana
Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener
Best Animated Feature Film: Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Best Foreign Language Film: Tsotsi (South Africa)
Best Original Screenplay: Crash
Best Adapted Screenplay: Brokeback Mountain
Best Documentary Feature: March of the Penguins
Best Cinematography: Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Visual Effects: King Kong
Best Art Direction: Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Film Editing: Crash
Best Sound Mixing: King Kong
Best Sound Editing: King Kong
Best Music (song): "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" - Hustle and Flow
Best Music (score): Brokeback Mountain
Best Costume Design: Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Make-up: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Best Short Film: Six Shooter
Best Animated Short Film: The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
Best Documentary Short Subject: A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin
Lifetime Achievement Award: Director and writer Robert Altman

Jennifer Garner had her ears pierced especially for the $250,000 diamond earrings she wore to the ceremony.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dolly PartonTravelin' Thru 
Kathleen YorkIn the Deep 
Three Six MafiaIt’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp 


Episode Quotes
Jon Stewart: Ladies... Gentlemen.... Felicity.

Robert Altman: I always thought this kind of award meant it was over. But it's not.

Jon Stewart: Martin Scorsesen - 0 Oscars. Three 6 Mafia - 1 Oscar.

George Clooney's Oscar acceptance speech: Wow. Wow. All right, so I'm not winning director. It's the funny thing about winning an Academy Award, it will always be synonymous with your name from here on in. It will be Oscar winner, George Clooney. Sexiest Man Alive, 1997. Batman, died today in a freak accident at a -- Listen, I don't quite know how you compare art. You look at these performances this year, of these actors and unless we all did the same role, everybody put on a bat suit, and we'll all try that. Unless we all did the same role, I don't know how you compare it. They are stellar performances and wonderful work, and I'm honored, truly honored to be up here. And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch. And I thank you so much for this.

Rachel Weisz's Oscar acceptance speech: Thank you so much to the Academy for this tremendous, tremendous honor. I share it with others, Ralph Fiennes my luminous acting partner. Fernando Meirelles our director who is brimming over with such humanity and our dignified sensitive producer, Simon Channing Williams, and of course, John le Carre, who wrote this unflinching, angry story. And he really paid tribute to the people who are willing to risk their own lives to fight injustice. And they're greater men and women than I. But thank you, thank you so much. Thank you.

Reese Witherspoon's Oscar acceptance speech: Oh, my goodness. I never thought I'd be here my whole life growing up in Tennessee. I want to say Johnny Cash and June Carter had a wonderful tradition of honoring other artists and musicians and singers, and I really feel that tradition tonight. It is very important, and I really feel it. So I want to thank the Academy for this incredible honor. I want to say thank you to so many people who helped me create this role. Everyone at Fox, Cathy Konrad, James Keach, for producing the film. A very special thank you to Jim Mangold who directed the film and also wrote this character. Who is a real woman. Who has dignity and honor, and fear, and courage, and she's a real woman. And I really appreciate that. It was an incredible gift that you gave me. So thank you. And T-Bone Burnett for helping me realize my lifelong dream of being a country music singer. Thank you T-Bone. And I want to say thank you to Joaquin Phoenix who just put his heart and soul into this performance. His commitment and passion for this character and for this performance was just remarkable, and I feel so lucky to have gone on this journey with you.

I am so blessed to have my family here tonight. My mother and my father are here. And I just want to say thank you so much for everything, for being so proud of me. It didn't matter if I was making my bed or making a movie. They never hesitated to say how proud they were of me. And that means so very much to a child. So thank you, Mom and Dad. I want to say thank you to my wonderful husband and my two children who should be going to bed. And thank you for loving me so much and supporting me. And I want to say that, my grandmother was one of the biggest inspirations in my life. She taught me how to be a real woman to have strength and self respect, and to never give those things away. And those are a lot of qualities I saw in June Carter. People used to ask June how she was doing, and she used to say -- "I'm just trying to matter." And I know what she means. You know, I'm just trying to matter, and live a good life and make work that means something to somebody. And you have all made me feel that I might have accomplished that tonight. So thank you so much for this honor.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar acceptance speech: Wow, I'm in a category with some great, great, great actors. Fantastic actors, and I'm overwhelmed. I'm really overwhelmed. I'd like to thank Bill Vince and Caroline Baron. And Danny Rosett, the film wouldn't have happened without them. I'd like to thank Sarah Fargo, I'd like to thank Sara Murphy. I'd like to thank Emily Ziff, my friends, my friends, my friends. I'd like to thank Bennett Miller, and Danny Futterman, who I love, I love, I love, I love. You know, the Van Morrison song, I love, I love, I love, and he keeps repeating it like that. And I'd like to thank Tom Bernard, and Michael Barker. Thank you so much. And my mom's name is Marilyn O'Connor, and she's here tonight. And I'd like if you see her tonight to congratulate her. Because she brought up four kids alone, and she deserves a congratulations for that. Oh, I'm at the party, mom, you know? And she took me to my first play, and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA final four. And my passions, her passions became my passions. And, you know, be proud, mom, because I'm proud of you, and we're here tonight, and it's so good. Thank you.



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