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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Jon Stewart hosts the Oscars

Right now, live on ABC. Stewart's opening monologue was very funny - complete with a joke about Dick Cheney and poking fun at various Hollywood personalities. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Leslie Gray Streeter, writing for the Palm Beach Post, calls it "the best opening montage ever". And the opening sketch, which poked fun at the Academy Award hosting job, was absolutely hilarious. Here's a short recap of some the jokes from the opening monologue.

So far, George Clooney is the winner for Best Supporting Actor, and King Kong is the winner for Best Visual Effects. Wallace & Gromit just won for Best Animated Film.

UPDATE: Another hilarious sketch - narrated by one of the Daily Show's best voices (can you guess who!?) poking fun at all of the nominees for Best Actress with a seriods of "political" ads campaigning for or against one or more of the other nominees.

The Best Motion Picture of the Year is: Crash (an upset: Brokeback Mountain was considered the favorite, and a huge triumph for independent film distributor-studio LionsGate)

Other award winners:
Supporting Actor: George Clooney, "Syriana."
Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener."
Animated Feature Film: "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit."
Costume: "Memoirs of a Geisha."
Documentary Feature: "March of the Penguins."
Documentary (short subject): A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin."
Makeup: "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
Animated Short Film: "The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation."
Live Action Short Film: "Six Shooter."
Visual Effects: "King Kong."
Sound Mixing: "King Kong."
Sound Editing: "King Kong."
Original Score: Gustavo Santaolall, "Brokeback Mountain,"
Best Song From A Motion Picture: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp", written and performed by Three 6 Mafia
Best Foreign-Language Film: Tsotsi, from South Africa
Best Film Editing: Hughes Winborne, "Crash"
Achievement in Cinematography: Dion Beebe, "Memoirs of a Geisha"
Best Actor: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, "Brokeback Mountain"
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco, "Crash"
Best Director: Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain"

Oscar winners previously announced this year:
Honorary Academy Award (Oscar statuette): Robert Altman.
The Gordon E. Sawyer award for technical achievement (Oscar statuette): Gary Demos.

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