2005 Oscars, The 78th Academy Awards Shared the Bounty
More than one film entered into the competition for Hollywood’s most coveted statuette with nominations in several categories. Perhaps it was an attempt at fairness that scattered the actual awards amongst them, or maybe they all had enough merit that each warranted this sort of honor. Controversial films and unexpected hits filled the playbill and when the curtains went up the honors, like confetti, fell all over the audience.
The Best Picture award, along with the Best Editing and Best Original Screenplay honors went to Crash, a film that only garnered one nomination for acting, a best supporting spot that went to Matt Dillon. Dillon lost out to George Clooney for his role in Syriana. The 2005 Best Actor Oscar was awarded to Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his performance in Capote. Reese Witherspoon’s performance as June Carter Cash in the hit, Walk the Line, earned her the Best Actress trophy and Rachel Weiscz took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in the Constant Gardener.
Other gleaming statuettes were scattered about as follows:
Best Animated Feature – Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Best Cinematography – Dion Beebe for Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Director – Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain
Best Original Score – Gustavo Santaolalla for Brokeback Mountain
Best Adapted Screenplay – Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana for Brokeback Mountain
It was a year of big hits and popular fan favorites vying against more dramatically acclaimed offerings, and the awards were spread a little more evenly than usual amongst them.