The 78th Annual Academy Awards


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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Feb 07, 2006
Hayden Christensen's portrayal of "Anakin" was both passionate and disturbing. I was very impressed with Hayden. I can't believe the lead role in the highest grossing film of the year didn't raise any eyebrows...that is truley didsturbing, what is the Academy thinking! I am so very disappointed for him.
Feb 07, 2006
How come Hayden Christensen wasn't nominated for his role as "Anakin Skywalker" in Episode 3, "Revenge of the Sith?"
Feb 01, 2006
I really want Charlize Theron to win the best actress award but I have a feeling Reese Witherspoon is going to win it.
Feb 01, 2006
Even though I don't watch Desperate Housewives I think Felicity Huffman is a brilliant actress so I would like to see her win.
Feb 01, 2006
This tears it...Screw Hollywood and their horrible aganda movies. The Oscars are now just a big EGO hell with them. Junk films by ignorant people will kill Hollywood...and that's a good thing.
Jan 31, 2006
Naomi Watts for King performance of the year in my opinion. King Kong also deserved Best Picture. Although i am happy for Crash and Keira Knightley.

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