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Live Blogging the Oscars (Part II)

By  · Published on March 5th, 2006

[10:37 pm] Now that we have moved past the memorial montage we now move into the time when we get to the big awards. The countdown to the Best Picture award has begun: 4 hours and counting…

[10:50 pm] We finally get one wrong in the best way as Philip Seymour Hoffman accepts his award for Best Actor. Truly the most spectacular embodiment of any character in recent movie history, Hoffman was heart stopping as the unforgettable Truman Capote. His speech was equally as heartwarming, thanking his mother affectionately. Another big award given to a film other than Brokeback Mountain, but the show is not over until Jon Stewart says.

[11:00 pm] I was way off when it came to predicting the Best Cinematography Oscar, but Dion Beebe’s work for Memoirs of a Geisha was absolutely astounding. But the tension seems to be building as Jamie Foxx announces the nominees for Best Actress.

[11:08 pm] The Academy has truly astounded me with their ability to give Awards to the most deserving of performances thus far. Reese Witherspoon‘s portrayal of June Carter Cash was truly the most powerful and epic roles of the entire year. Her win was accurately predicted earlier this week by our own Tara Settembre. In addition to her win she gave a very heartfelt and honest acceptance speech, continuing to honor the perpetually astounding June Carter Cash. Big win for a big performance. And while Joaquin Phoenix did not unfortunately win Best Actor, this makes up for it a little bit.

[11:17 pm] Larry McMurtry should have also thanked Diana Ossana for her ability to stand his annoying tone of voice and her “exciting” personality. I will say though, that their ability to take such a short story and turn it into a powerful script was very notable. The other nominees were not quite strong enough in this category. Brokeback is currently at 2 award wins.

But then one of my favorite scripts, Crash has won for Best Original Screenplay. I think this one was not a lock, but a very deserving winner. The script written by Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco was so intricate and demanding from a writer’s perspective, and they pulled it off brilliantly.

Now we finally come to the final two awards, and the moment of truth for Brokeback Mountain

Tags: Oscar, Oscars, Academy Awards, Film, Movie, Hollywood, Jon Stewart

Neil Miller is the persistently-bearded Publisher of Film School Rejects, Nonfics, and One Perfect Shot. He's also the Executive Producer of the One Perfect Shot TV show (currently streaming on HBO Max) and the co-host of Trial By Content on The Ringer Podcast Network. He can be found on Twitter here: @rejects (He/Him)