2006 Oscars 78th Academy Awards

2006 Oscars 78th Academy Awards

  • Winners Announced: March 5, 2006
  • Held at: Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
  • Host: Jon Stewart
  • Eligibility Year: 2005


  • The ceremony was originally scheduled for February but was pushed back to March due to the 2006 Winter Olympics taking place in Turin, Italy.
  • Ang Lee won Best Director for Brokeback Mountain, although the film lost out on Best Picture to Crash, a controversial decision that still sparks debates.
  • Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix both received nominations for their roles in Walk the Line. Witherspoon won Best Actress, making her one of the youngest actresses to win the award.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha surprisingly took home three Oscars but didn’t win any of the major awards.
  • George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana, marking his first Oscar win.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for his transformative role in Capote, setting the stage for future biopic winners.
  • The Best Animated Feature went to Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, beating out Corpse Bride and Howl’s Moving Castle.
  • Jon Stewart, primarily known for his television show The Daily Show, made his Oscars hosting debut, and his performance was met with mixed reviews.
  • The Academy also honored Robert Altman with an Honorary Award, celebrated for his distinct vision and contributions to cinema.
  • It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp from the film Hustle & Flow won Best Original Song, marking a significant win for hip-hop in the Academy Awards.
  • Dolly Parton, a multi-genre icon, was also nominated in the Best Original Song category for Travelin’ Thru from Transamerica, highlighting the diversity in musical genres recognized by the Oscars that year.

2006 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Best Picture:
Crash – Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman, producers (WINNER)
Brokeback Mountain – Diana Ossana and James Schamus, producers
Capote – Caroline Baron, William Vince and Michael Ohoven, producers
Good Night, and Good Luck – Grant Heslov, producer
Munich – Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg and Barry Mendel, producers
Best Director:
Ang Lee – Brokeback Mountain (WINNER)
Bennett Miller – Capote
Paul Haggis – Crash
George Clooney – Good Night, and Good Luck
Steven Spielberg – Munich
Best Actor:
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote as Truman Capote (WINNER)
Terrence Howard – Hustle & Flow as DJay
Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain as Ennis Del Mar
Joaquin Phoenix – Walk the Line as Johnny Cash
David Strathairn – Good Night, and Good Luck as Edward R. Murrow
Best Actress:
Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line as June Carter Cash (WINNER)
Judi Dench – Mrs Henderson Presents as Laura Henderson
Felicity Huffman – Transamerica as Sabrina “Bree” Osbourne / Stanley Schupak
Keira Knightley – Pride & Prejudice as Elizabeth Bennet
Charlize Theron – North Country as Josey Aimes
Best Supporting Actor:
George Clooney – Syriana as Bob Barnes (WINNER)
Matt Dillon – Crash as Officer John Ryan
Paul Giamatti – Cinderella Man as Joe Gould
Jake Gyllenhaal – Brokeback Mountain as Jack Twist
William Hurt – A History of Violence as Richie Cusack
Best Supporting Actress:
Rachel Weisz – The Constant Gardener as Tessa Quayle (WINNER)
Amy Adams – Junebug as Ashley Johnsten
Catherine Keener-Capote as Nelle Harper Lee
Frances McDormand – North Country as Glory Dodge
Michelle Williams – Brokeback Mountain as Alma Beers Del Mar
Best Original Screenplay:
Crash – Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco (WINNER)
Good Night, and Good Luck – George Clooney and Grant Heslov
Match Point – Woody Allen
The Squid and the Whale – Noah Baumbach
Syriana – Stephen Gaghan
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Brokeback Mountain – Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana based on the short story by Annie Proulx (WINNER)
Capote – Dan Futterman based on the book by Gerald Clarke
The Constant Gardener – Jeffrey Caine based on the novel by John le Carré
A History of Violence – Josh Olson based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke
Munich – Tony Kushner and Eric Roth based on the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas
Best Animated Feature Film:
Wallace & Gromit – Nick Park and Steve Box (WINNER)
Howl’s Moving Castle – Hayao Miyazaki
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride – Mike Johnson and Tim Burton
Best Foreign Language Film:
Tsotsi (South Africa) – Gavin Hood (WINNER)
The Beast in the Heart (Italy) – Cristina Comencini
Joyeux Noël (France) – Christian Carion
Paradise Now (The Palestinian Territories) – Hany Abu-Assad
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Germany) – Marc Rothemund
Best Documentary Feature:
March of the Penguins – Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau (WINNER)
Darwin’s Nightmare – Hubert Sauper
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room – Alex Gibney and Jason Kliot
Murderball – Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro
Street Fight – Marshall Curry
Best Documentary Short Subject:
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin – Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson (WINNER)
The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club – Dan Krauss
God Sleeps in Rwanda – Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman
The Mushroom Club – Steven Okazaki
Best Live Action Short Film:
Six Shooter – Martin McDonagh (WINNER)
Cashback – Sean Ellis and Lene Bausager
The Last Farm – Rúnar Rúnarsson and Thor S. Sigurjónsson
Our Time Is Up – Rob Pearlstein and Pia Clemente
The Runaway (Ausreißer) – Ulrike Grote
Best Animated Short Film:
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation – John Canemaker and Peggy Stern (WINNER)
9 – Shane Acker
Badgered – Sharon Colman
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello – Anthony Lucas
One Man Band – Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews
Best Original Score:
Brokeback Mountain – Gustavo Santaolalla (WINNER)
The Constant Gardener – Alberto Iglesias
Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams
Munich – John Williams
Pride & Prejudice – Dario Marianelli
Best Original Song:
“It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow – Music and Lyrics by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard (WINNER)
“In the Deep” from Crash – Music by Kathleen “Bird” York and Michael Becker; Lyrics by Kathleen “Bird” York
“Travelin’ Thru” from Transamerica – Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Best Sound Editing:
King Kong – Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn (WINNER)
Memoirs of a Geisha – Wylie Stateman
War of the Worlds – Richard King
Best Sound Mixing:
King Kong – Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek (WINNER)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic and Tony Johnson
Memoirs of a Geisha – Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline and John Pritchett
Walk the Line – Paul Massey, D.M. Hemphill and Peter Kurland
War of the Worlds – Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ron Judkins
Best Art Direction:
Memoirs of a Geisha – Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau (WINNER)
Good Night, and Good Luck – Art Direction: Jim Bissell; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Art Direction: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
King Kong – Art Direction: Grant Major; Set Decoration: Dan Hennah and Simon Bright
Pride & Prejudice – Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Best Cinematography:
Memoirs of a Geisha – Dion Beebe (WINNER)
Batman Begins – Wally Pfister
Brokeback Mountain – Rodrigo Prieto
Good Night, and Good Luck – Robert Elswit
The New World – Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Makeup:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Howard Berger and Tami Lane (WINNER)
Cinderella Man – David LeRoy Anderson and Lance Anderson
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – Dave Elsey and Nikki Gooley
Best Costume Design:
Memoirs of a Geisha – Colleen Atwood (WINNER)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Gabriella Pescucci
Mrs Henderson Presents – Sandy Powell
Pride & Prejudice – Jacqueline Durran
Walk the Line – Arianne Phillips
Best Film Editing:
Crash – Hughes Winborne (WINNER)
Cinderella Man – Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
The Constant Gardener – Claire Simpson
Munich – Michael Kahn
Walk the Line – Michael McCusker
Best Visual Effects:
King Kong – Joe Letteri, Brian Van’t Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor (WINNER)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Dean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney and Scott Farrar
War of the Worlds – Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randal M. Dutra and Dan Sudick
Academy Honorary Award:
Robert Altman