Daily Archives: March 6, 2006
The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2005 was presented on Sunday, March 5, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland® and televised live by the ABC Television Network.
Here are the Oscar winners:
Best motion picture of the year “Crash” (Lions Gate) A Bob Yari/DEJ/Blackfriar’s Bridge/ Harris Company/ApolloProscreen GmbH & Co./Bull’s Eye Entertainment Production Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman, Producers
Performance by an actor in a leading role Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
Performance by an actor in a supporting role George Clooney in “Syriana” (Warner Bros.)
Performance by an actress in a leading role Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox)
Performance by an actress in a supporting role Rachel Weisz in “The Constant Gardener” (Focus Features)
Best animated feature film of the year “Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (DreamWorks Animation SKG) Nick Park and Steve Box
Achievement in directing “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features) Ang Lee
Best documentary feature “March of the Penguins” (Warner Independent Pictures) A Bonne Pioche Production Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from“Hustle & Flow” (Paramount Classics, MTV Films and New Deal Entertainment) Music and Lyric by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard
Original screenplay “Crash” (Lions Gate) Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco Story by Paul Haggis
The Academy Awards were down 10 percent from last year’s ceremony, based on preliminary Nielsen Media Research ratings from the nation’s 55 biggest markets. If the full national ratings follow suit later Monday, this year’s ceremony will likely be the second least-watched Oscars telecast behind 2003, when "Chicago" won best picture.
Sunday’s Oscars were anything but predictable, however, as the explosive race drama "Crash" denied "Brokeback Mountain" the best-picture Oscar despite the gay Western love story’s front-runner status and its best-director award for Ang Lee.
Front-runners usually prevail, but there have been some notable dark-horse winners at past Oscars. Underdogs that came away with best picture include "An American in Paris," "The Greatest Show on Earth" and "Oliver!"
Supporting-performer Oscars on Sunday went to George Clooney in "Syriana" and Rachel Weisz in "The Constant Gardener."
Clooney’s win capped an exceptional year in which he made Oscar history by becoming the first person nominated for acting in one movie and directing another. (The Edward R. Murrow tale "Good Night, and Good Luck" earned him directing and writing nominations.)
"Crash," an Oscar rarity that was shot outside the studio system on a meager $6.5 million budget, became a solid box-office hit, grossing $55 million domestically.
The cast of "Crash" includes supporting-actor nominee Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jennifer Esposito and Ryan Phillippe.
Although Comedy Central’s Stewart proved a relatively tame host, the ceremony was given a jolt of life by the raucous hip-hop tune "It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle & Flow." The song, with expletive-laden lyrics edited for the ceremony, won the prize for best song. The song was written by the rap group Three 6 Mafia, consisting of Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard.
"You know what? I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp," Stewart joked after the performance.
The stop-motion family tale "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" won the Oscar for best animated feature film. The Antarctic nature tale "March of the Penguins," a surprise smash at the box office, was honored as best documentary.
"King Kong," from "Lord of the Rings" creator Peter Jackson, won three Oscars, for visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing. The Japan drama "Memoirs of a Geisha" also earned three, for cinematography, costume design and art direction, while the fantasy epic "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" was picked for best makeup.
South Africa’s drama "Tsotsi," based on Athol Fugard’s novel about a young hoodlum reclaiming his own humanity, won for foreign-language film, beating the controversial Palestinian terrorism saga, "Paradise Now."
AND THE ACADEMY WINNER FOR BEST SONG FOR 2005 IS?
IT’S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP
You know it’s hard out here for a pimp (you ain’t knowin) When he tryin to get this money for the rent (you ain’t knowin) For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (you ain’t knowin)  Because a whole lot of *itches talkin sh** (you ain’t knowin)  Will have a whole lot of *itches talkin sh** (you ain’t knowin)
In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets Gotta couple hoes workin on the changes for me But I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night Like takin from a ho don’t know no better, I know that ain’t right Done seen people killed, done seen people deal Done seen people live in poverty with no meals
It’s f***** up where I live, but that’s just how it is It might be new to you, but it’s been like this for years It’s blood sweat and tears when it come down to this sh** I’m tryin to get rich ‘fore I leave up out this *itch I’m tryin to have thangs but it’s hard fo’ a pimp But I’m prayin and I’m hopin to God I don’t slip, yeah
MY TWO CENTS:
IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!