Date: 1st February 2006

Oscars: Brokeback Riding High

Brokeback Mountain (2005) is nominated for eight awards at the Oscars.

As predicted, Ang Lee's gay cowboy movie is up for some of the biggest accolades - best film, best director, best actor for Heath Ledger, best supporting actor for Jake Gyllenhaal and best supporting actress for Michelle Williams.

Keira Knightley and Dame Judi Dench lead the British march, with best actress nominations for Pride & Prejudice and Mrs Henderson Presents respectively.

Dame Judi was up for best actress at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards but lost out to Reese Witherspoon for Walk The Line both times.

"I'm absolutely thrilled" said Dame Judi of her fourth Oscar nod. "I'm so happy to be nominated for something I loved filming every single day."

Reese and co-star Joaquin Phoenix as singer Johnny Cash are nominated for best actress and best actor at the Oscars too.

However Walk The Line is not up for best picture, to critics' surprise. The other nominees are Truman Capote biopic Capote, race drama Crash, Steven Spielberg thriller Munich and George Clooney's McCarthy-era drama Good Night, And Good Luck.

George Clooney has two nods - best supporting actor for his role as an undercover CIA agent in Syriana and best director for Good Night, And Good Luck.

Rachel Weisz is up for best supporting actress for The Constant Gardener. She won the accolade at both the Globes and Sunday's SAG Awards.

The 78th Academy Awards are on 5 March, live on Sky Movies.Full nominations list:

Best picture
Brokeback Mountain
Goodnight, and Good Luck

Best director
Steven Spielberg - Munich
Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
Paul Haggis - Crash
Bennett Miller - Capote
George Clooney - Good Night, and Good Luck

Best actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
David Strathairn - Good Night, and Good Luck
Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line
Terrence Howard - Hustle and Flow

Best actress
Dame Judi Dench - Mrs Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
Charlize Theron - North Country
Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line
Keira Knightley - Pride and Prejudice
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Best supporting actress
Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain
Frances McDormand - North Country
Amy Adams - Junebug
Catherine Keener - Capote

Best supporting actor
George Clooney - Syriana
Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain
Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man
Matt Dillon - Crash
William Hurt - A History of Violence

Best foreign language film
Don't Tell (Italy)
Joyeux Noel (France)
Paradise Now (Palestinian territories)
Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Germany)
Tsotsi (South Africa)

Best animated feature film
Howl's Moving Castle
Corpse Bride
Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Best adapted screenplay
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
A History of Violence

Best original screenplay
Good Night, and Good Luck
Match Point
The Squid and the Whale

Best music (score)
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Memoirs of a Geisha
Pride and Prejudice

Best music (song)
In the Deep - Crash
It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp - Hustle and Flow
Travelin' Thru - Transamerica

Best documentary feature
Darwin's Nightmare
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
March of the Penguins
Street Fight

Best documentary short subject
The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
God Sleeps in Rwanda
The Mushroom Club
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

Best visual effects
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
King Kong
War of the Worlds

Best cinematography
Batman Begins
Brokeback Mountain
Goodnight, and Good Luck
Memoirs of a Geisha
The New World

Best art direction
Goodnight, and Good Luck
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Pride and Prejudice

Best animated short film
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
One Man Band

Best short film
Ausreisser (The Runaway)
The Last Farm
Our Time is Up
Six Shooter

Best costume design
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Memoirs of a Geisha
Mrs Henderson Presents
Pride and Prejudice
Walk The Line

Best make-up
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Cinderella Man
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Best sound mixing
The Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Walk The Line
War of the Worlds

Sound editing
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
War of the Worlds

Best film editing
Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Walk The Line

Lifetime Achievement Award
Director and writer Robert Altman

Source: Press Release



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