Seriously, the show kept me glued to my seat as it had a few surprises at the beginning, yet as other critics’ choices have gone so far, what followed towards the end seemed to be repetitions of familiar picks.
Yet, what turned out to be the delights of the night came from TV categories. Who would’ve thought that Geena Davis could be capable of doing ad-libs, and did it very well? Who would’ve guessed that Sandra Oh finally deserves recognition she’s been long to receive? And again, any show with the presence of Desperate Housewives’s stars would always be glamorous. Add Eric McCormack, the result is even more hilarious.
On to my comments now!
Best Picture (Drama): BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
It highly deserves so.
Best Picture (Comedy or Musical): WALK THE LINE
See above. Biopic is always a tough dan likeable subject.
Best Director: ANG LEE (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN)
He can’t hardly wait for the coveted Oscar soon. And a nice tribute to anyone celebrating Chinese New Year soon!
Best Actor (Drama): PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (CAPOTE)
I told ya, he’s been overdue.
Best Actress (Drama): FELICITY HUFFMAN (TRANSAMERICA)
At least she should get one out of two.
Best Actor (Comedy/Musical): JOAQUIN PHOENIX (WALK THE LINE)
Everyone’s darling, and …
Best Actress (Comedy/Musical): REESE WITHERSPOON (WALK THE LINE)
… so is she.
Best Supporting Actor: GEORGE CLOONEY (SYRIANA)
The very first surprise of the night, right when the ceremony just started. I figured out that since it was not possible for win in the other two categories he was nominated in (Best Picture and Best Director), and in addition to the weak listing of Supporting Actor category, Clooney charms voters easily, especially when they recognize he had to put extra 30 pound for his role! Oh, how Hollywood loves sacrifice.
Best Supporting Actress: RACHEL WEISZ (THE CONSTANT GARDENER)
What did she do with her hair? To look unrecognized?
What has been unrecognized is her consistently good performances in every single film she’s made so far. Frankly, I couldn’t come up with any predictions why Weisz could come on top, but her winning will guarantee her an Oscar nod, and now it’s a matter of eliminating stiff competitions from Maria Bello and Gong Li to proceed further.
Best Screenplay: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
A surprise over everyone’s choices on more serious theme in Crash or Good Night, and Good Luck., but a beautifully heart-rending story like Brokeback deserves a royal treatment.
Best Original Score: JOHN WILLIAMS (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA)
See? Having two giants in cello and violin never hurt a chance to win.
Best Original Song: A LOVE THAT WILL NEVER GROW OLD (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN)
See? A beautiful and tender song, indeed.
Best Foreign Language Film: PARADISE NOW (Palestine)
See? No Man’s Land and Osama won in this category before, can’t you see the pattern?
There you go, the first glam show of the year. If there’s anyone to thank, I’d like to thank one particular smart cameraman who keeps framing Anne Hathaway despite her merely being seated next to Ang Lee. What a choice for such a luminuous beauty!
Oh, and thank you Anthony Hopkins. A short speech indeed for such an award, yet it doesn’t reduce your majestic presence in the film industry throughout.
(What I’ve been meaning to say is that you succeed in not doing what Barbra Streisand did when she accepted the same award a few years back. A 24-minute speech!)
Goodbye, and good luck.