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JASON'S BEST: If I Voted For The Oscars 2006 (Return to Jason's Best Main Page)


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Here's the detailed list of my Oscar choices for 2006, if I were allowed to vote -- my choice for the winner is in bold -- in addition, I have also included a few additional categories worth mentioning...


UNITED 93, The Best Film of 2006

BEST PICTURE
The Departed
Dreamgirls
Little Children
Letters from Iwo Jima
United 93

BEST ACTOR
Nicolas Cage in World Trade Center
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed
Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness
Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima
Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland

BEST ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz in Volver
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Sherrybaby
Beyonce Knowles in Dreamgirls
Helen Mirren in The Queen
Kate Winslet in Little Children

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls
Jack Nicholson in The Departed
Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children
Michael Sheen in The Queen
Brad Pitt in Babel

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal
Maggie Gyllenhaal in World Trade Center
Vera Farmiga in The Departed
Rinko Kikuchi in Babel
Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls

BEST DIRECTOR
Bill Condon for Dreamgirls
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
Paul Greengrass for United 93
Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears for The Queen

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
A Prairie Home Companion
Little Miss Sunshine
Three Times
World Trade Center
Letters from Iwo Jima

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Departed
The Lake House
Little Children
Thank You For Smoking
Notes on a Scandal

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
Hans Zimmer for The Da Vinci Code
Howard Shore for The Departed
Craig Armstrong for World Trade Center
Thomas Newman for The Good German
John Powell for United 93

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG
"I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth -- Performed by Melissa Etheridge
"You Know My Name" from Casino Royale -- Performed by Chris Cornell
"Try Not To Remember" from Home of the Brave -- Performed by Sheryl Crow
"Ordinary Miracle" from Charlotte's Web -- Performed by Sarah McLachlan
"Listen" from Dreamgirls -- Performed by Beyonce Knowles

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Apocalypto
The Departed
Flags of our Fathers
Pan's Labyrinth
Children of Men

BEST FILM EDITING
Babel
The Departed
The Da Vinci Code
United 93
Casino Royale

BEST ART DIRECTION
Dreamgirls
Marie Antoinette
V for Vendetta
The Prestige
World Trade Center

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Devil Wears Prada
Dreamgirls
Marie Antoinette
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men's Chest
A Prairie Home Companion

BEST MAKEUP
Apocalypto
Dreamgirls
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men's Chest

BEST SOUND
Cars
The Departed
Casino Royale
Superman Returns
World Trade Center

BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING
Casino Royale
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men's Chest
Superman Returns

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men's Chest
Poseidon
Superman Returns
X-Men: The Last Stand
Pan's Labyrinth

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Bobby
The Departed
Dreamgirls
United 93
A Prairie Home Companion

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Cars
Monster House
Flushed Away

BEST SCENE OR SEQUENCE IN A 2006 MOTION PICTURE
Alex (Keanu Reeves) and Kate (Sandra Bullock) dancing in the garden and sharing their first kiss in The Lake House
The camera rising out of the rubble where John and Will are trapped in the wreckage of the two towers, above the disaster site then into space where communication satellites relay news of the tragedy in World Trade Center
Chris Gardner (Will Smith) being told he got the broker job and Smith's reaction with no dialogue in The Pursuit of Happyness
The delivery of the final line "The Name's Bond ... James Bond" at the end of Casino Royale
Deena Jones (Beyonce Knowles) performing "Listen" and the crosscutting of events in Dreamgirls
The ending when Robert Langdon finds the resting place of Mary Magdalene and bows down in prayer in The Da Vinci Code
Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet) looking in the mirror in the bathroom, her child knocks, but she doesn't answer, and the child walks away in Little Children

BEST FILM QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"When I was your age, they would say you could become cops or criminals. What I'm saying is this: When you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?" from The Departed
"As long as there has been one true God, there has been killing in his name." from The Da Vinci Code
"How's your Mother? She's on her way out. You all are ... act accordingly." from The Departed
"Vodka-martini. Shaken or stirred? Does it look like I give a damn?" from Casino Royale
"It ain't over till it's over. Where's that from? The 80's? It's probably the 70's." from Rocky Balboa
"There is no tragedy in the death of an old man. Forgive him his shortcomings, and thank him for all his love and care." from A Prairie Home Companion
"What would you say if a man walked in here with no shirt, and I gave him a job? He must have had on some really nice pants." from The Pursuit of Happyness

BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
Bobby
The Departed
Dreamgirls
The Lake House
Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky

BEST MOVIE POSTER
Bobby
The Good German
World Trade Center
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Flags of our Fathers

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM/DOCUMENTARY
10 MPH (directed by Hunter Weeks)
The Big Bad Swim (directed by Ishai Setton)
Little Miss Sunshine (directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang (directed by Tim Skousen)
Thank You For Smoking (directed by Jason Reitman)

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM
'Til Death (directed by Phoef Sutton)
Night Swimming (directed by Daniel Falcone)
Dust (directed by Dick Hillenbrand & Adam Cozad)
Last Minute Thrown Together Low Brow Nonsense (directed by Sam McDavid)
Piece of Cake (directed by Jennifer West)