The 78th Annual Academy Awards

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The Academy Awards celebrate big-screen accomplishments, and the exciting and glamorous ceremony is one of TV's biggest events each year. The buzz begins with much speculation about who will be given a nod, and it intensifies when the nominations are announced (yes, that's today!). The anticipation builds until the day of the awards, when TV crews flock to Hollywood to capture the atmosphere for viewers at home. From red-carpet interviews to down-and-dirty fashion criticism, the moments before the ceremony are nearly as important as the final results. Even so, nothing can match the intensity of the seconds before each winner is revealed--and nothing can match the fun of watching your favorite celebrities laugh, weep, and stumble over their words as they accept their coveted Oscar statues. This year, several stars up for consideration are current or one-time actors from our favorite TV shows.

Let's hear it for Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman, who has been nominated for best leading actress, Transamerica; Michelle Williams of Dawson's Creek, who's up for best supporting actress, Brokeback Mountain; The Sopranos' David Strathairn, nominated for best leading actor, Good Night, and Good Luck, ER's George Clooney, for best supporting actor, Syriana; and Judi Dench of As Time Goes By for best leading actress, Mrs. Henderson Presents. These actors have given us some of TV's most compelling characters over the years, so they certainly deserve our support. To watch the Academy Awards, tune in to ABC on Sunday, March 5, at 8:00 pm ET.

For the full list of nominees, including such lower-profile, but still crucial, categories such as costume design, makeup, music, and editing, visit the Academy Awards Web site here. But be sure to take a look at the following list of nominated actors, and tell us who you think should win!

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)

Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow (Paramount Classics, MTV Films, and New Deal Entertainment)

Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features)

Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line (20th Century Fox)

David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck (Warner Independent Pictures)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

George Clooney in Syriana (Warner Bros.)

Matt Dillon in Crash (Lions Gate)

Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man (Universal and Miramax)

Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features)

William Hurt in A History of Violence (New Line)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents (The Weinstein Company)

Felicity Huffman in Transamerica (The Weinstein Company and IFC Films)

Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice (Focus Features)

Charlize Theron in North Country (Warner Bros.)

Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (20th Century Fox)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Amy Adams in Junebug (Sony Pictures Classics)

Catherine Keener in Capote (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)

Frances McDormand in North Country (Warner Bros.)

Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener (Focus Features)

Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features)

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