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:: Spotlight :: 78th Academy Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

We have all the official Academy Awards 2006 news as it comes to hand.

The 78th Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

Here are some facts and figures already announced.

A record fifty-eight countries from four continents, including new entrants Costa Rica, Fiji and Iraq, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film Award category.

The 2005 submissions are:

Argentina, “El Aura,” Fabian Bielinsky, director;
Bangladesh, “Shyamol Chaya,” Humayun Ahmed, director;
Belgium, “The Child,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, directors;
Bolivia, “Say Good Morning to Dad,” Fernando Vargas, director;
Bosnia & Herzegovina, “Totally Personal,” Nedžad Begović, director;
Brazil, “Two Sons of Francisco,” Breno Silveira, director;
Bulgaria, “Stolen Eyes,” Radoslav Spassov, director;
Canada, “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” Jean-Marc Vallée, director;
Chile, “Play,” Alicia Scherson, director;
China, “The Promise,” Chen Kaige, director;
Colombia, “La Sombra del Caminante,” Ciro Guerra, director;
Costa Rica, “Caribe,” Esteban Ramírez, director;
Croatia, “A Wonderful Night in Split,” Arsen Anton Ostojić, director;
Cuba, “Viva Cuba,” Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, director;
Czech Republic, “Something Like Happiness,” Bohdan Sláma, director;
Denmark, “Adam's Apples,” Anders Thomas Jensen, director;
Estonia, “Shop of Dreams,” Peeter Urbla, director;
Fiji, “The Land Has Eyes,” Vilsoni Hereniko, director;
Finland, “Mother of Mine,” Klaus Härö, director;
France, “Joyeux Noel,” Christian Carion, director;
Georgia, “Tbilisi-Tbilisi,” Levan Zakareishvili, director;
Germany, “Sophie Scholl – The Final Days,” Marc Rothemund, director;
Hong Kong, “Perhaps Love,” Peter Ho-Sun Chan, director;
Hungary, “Fateless,” Lajos Koltai, director;
Iceland, “Ahead of Time,” Ágúst Gudmundsson, director;
India, “Paheli,” Amol Palekar, director;
Indonesia, “Gie,” Riri Riza, director;
Iran, “So Close, So Far,” Reza Mir Karimi, director;
Iraq, “Requiem of Snow,” Jamil Rostami, director;
Israel, “What a Wonderful Place,” Eyal Halfon, director;
Italy, “La Bestia Nel Cuore,” Cristina Comencini, director;
Japan, “Blood and Bones,” Yoichi Sai, director;
Korea, “Welcome to Dongmakgol,” Kwang-hyun Park, director;
Luxembourg, “Renart the Fox,” Thierry Schiel, director;
Mexico, “Al Otro Lado,” Gustavo Loza, director;
Mongolia, “The Cave of the Yellow Dog,” Byambasuren Davaa, director;
The Netherlands, “Bluebird,” Mijke de Jong, director;
Norway, “Kissed by Winter,” Sara Johnsen, director;
Palestine, “Paradise Now,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;
Peru, “Días de Santiago,” Josué Méndez, director;
Poland, “The Collector,” Feliks Falk, director;
Portugal, “Noite Escura,” João Canijo, director;
Puerto Rico, “Cayo,” Vicente Juarbe, director;
Romania, “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu,” Cristi Puiu, director;
Russia, “The Italian,” Andrei Kravchuk, director;
Serbia & Montenegro, “Midwinter Night's Dream,” Goran Paskaljević, director;
Singapore, “Be with Me,” Eric Khoo, director;
Slovak Republic, “The City of the Sun,” Martin Šulík, director;
Slovenia, “The Ruins,” Janez Burger, director;
South Africa, “Tsotsi,” Gavin Hood, director;
Spain, “Obaba,” Montxo Armendáriz, director;
Sweden, “Zozo,” Josef Fares, director;
Switzerland, “Tout un Hiver sans Feu,” Greg Zglinski, director;
Taiwan, “The Wayward Cloud,” Tsai Ming-liang, director;
Tajikistan, “Sex & Philosophy,” Mohsen Makhmalbaf, director;
Thailand, “The Tin Mine,” Jira Maligool, director;
Turkey, “Lovelorn,” Yavuz Turgul, director;
Vietnam, “Buffalo Boy,” Nguyen Vo Nghiem Mihn, director.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced the list of films that will continue on in the voting process in the category of Best Documentary Feature. Eighty-two films had been eligible in the category.

The 15 films from which the five nominees will be selected are listed below in alphabetical order:

“After Innocence”
“The Boys of Baraka”
“Darwin's Nightmare”
“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”
“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”
“Favela Rising”
“Mad Hot Ballroom”
“March of the Penguins”
“Murderball”
“Occupation: Dreamland”
“On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report”
“Rize”
“Street Fight”
“39 Pounds of Love”
“Unknown White Male”

Eligible documentaries were screened by the Documentary Branch Screening Committee, made up of members of the branch who serve on a volunteer basis. The above films were chosen after a preliminary round of screenings.
The nominated films will be announced along with nominations in 24 other categories on Tuesday, January 31.

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Ten films will compete in the Best Animated Feature Film category in the Academy Awards competition. The 10 films have been accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch of the Academy, which has recommended to the Academy's Board of Governors that the category be activated and the Award be given for this year. The board has approved that recommendation.
Films that have not yet been released in Los Angeles County must fulfill all of the general release qualifying rules before the end of the year.

The eligible films are:

“Chicken Little”
“Gulliver's Travel”
“Hoodwinked”
“Howl's Moving Castle”
“Madagascar”
“Robots”
“Steamboy”
“Tim Burton's Corpse Bride”
“Valiant”
“Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Under the rules for this category, a maximum of three films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least eight but fewer than sixteen.

Films submitted in the Best Animated Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other areas, including Best Picture, provided they meet the rules criteria governing those categories.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that 42 original songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered for the 78th Academy Awards.

The original songs, along with the motion picture, are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Along the River” from “End of the Spear”
“Angels Talk” from “Angels with Angels”
“Butterfly” from “Because of Winn-Dixie”
“Can't Take It In” from “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”
“Closer Every Day” from “Freezerburn”
“Dicholo” from “The Constant Gardener”
“Do the Hippogriff” from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
“Dreamer” from “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story”
“Face of Faith” from “Rumor Has It”
“Fight for the Children” from “Palindromes”
“Finding Home” from “Finding Home”
“Great Big World” from “Hookwinked”
“Have a Little Faith” from “The Theory of Everything”
“Hustle & Flow (It Ain't Over)” from “Hustle & Flow”
“(I'd Have It All) If I Had Drew” from “My Date with Drew”
“If I Apologize” from “Mirrormask”
“I'll Be Near You” from “Bee Season”
“I‘ll Whip Ya Head Boy” from “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”
“In the Deep” from “Crash”
“It Ain't Over Yet” from "Racing Stripes”
“It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow”
“I've Gotta See You Smile” from “Because of Winn-Dixie”
“Mad Hot Ballroom” from “Mad Hot Ballroom”
“Move Away and Shine” from “Thumbsucker”
“My Brother, My People” from “Blues by the Beach”
“Nobody Jesus But You” from “Palindromes”
“One Blood” from “Green Street Hooligans”
“One Little Slip” from “Chicken Little”
“One Safe Place” from “The Upside of Anger”
“Reachin' for Heaven” from “Ice Princess”
“Remains of the Day” from “Tim Burton's Corpse Bride”
“Same in Any Language” from “Elizabethtown”
“Shine” from “Robots”
“Shoulder to Shoulder” from “Pooh's Heffalump Movie”
“So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” from “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”
“Taking the Inside Rail” from “Racing Stripes”
“Tell Me What You Already Did” from “Robots”
“There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway” from “The Producers”
“These Days” from “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”
“This Is the Way” from “Palindromes”
“Travelin' Thru” from “Transamerica”
“You're Gonna Die Soon” from “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic”

The Academy will screen three-minute clips of each song in random order for music branch voting members on January 17 and again on January 23. At these screenings, members will vote to nominate three to five songs for Oscar consideration.

In order to make this list of eligible submissions, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original, and written specifically for the film.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the seven films in consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 78th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Batman Begins”
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
“King Kong”
“Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith”
“War of the Worlds”

Fifteen-minute clip reels from each of the seven films will be screened for the Visual Effects Award Nominating Committee on Wednesday, January 25. At this screening the members will vote to nominate three of the seven films for Oscar consideration.

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Oscar-winning composer Bill Conti will return to the Oscar podium as musical director for the 78th Academy Awards. This will be the 18th time that Conti has conducted the Academy Awards Orchestra.

Conti received an Oscar in 1983 for the Original Score of “The Right Stuff.” He also received two nominations in the Original Song category, in 1976 for “Gonna Fly Now” from “Rocky” and in 1981 for the title song from “For Your Eyes Only.” In addition, Conti received 11 Emmy nominations and has won three of them for his work on Academy Awards telecasts.

His other film credits include “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “The Karate Kid,” “Broadcast News,” “Private Benjamin,” “Rocky II,” “Rocky III” and “Rocky V.”

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311 feature films will compete for the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2005, it has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Marking a 16.5% increase from 2004, the 2005 total of eligible features marks the first time in 32 years that as many as 300 motion pictures have contended for the Best Picture award.

Academy Credits Coordinator Howard Loberfeld attributed the sharp jump partly to an increase in the number of feature-length documentaries playing theatrically (35 versus 15 in 2004), and partly to some distributor reorganisations which led to the release of an unusual number of long-delayed projects.

Nomination ballots and the Reminder List of Eligible Releases - the list of 2005 motion pictures eligible for Oscar consideration - have been mailed to voting members of the Academy.

According to Academy rules, to qualify for consideration a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or a qualifying digital format. A film must open in a commercial theatre, for paid admission, in Los Angeles County between January 1, 2005, and midnight December 31, 2005, and run for seven consecutive days. Films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. Official screen credits and copies of the main and end title credits must have been submitted to the Academy by December 1, 2005.

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Jon Stewart has been appointed to host the 78th Academy Awards telecast. This will be Stewart's first stint as Oscar host.

The host of Comedy Central’s multiple Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Stewart has transformed “The Daily Show" into one of America’s most influential and popular television shows. Stewart and the writers of “The Daily Show” also authored America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction at the end of 2004. The book, which was recently awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humour, was a staple on The New York Times best sellers list for 46 consecutive weeks, including 15 consecutive weeks in the #1 position.

“As a performer, I’m truly honoured to be hosting the show,” said Stewart. “Although, as an avid watcher of the Oscars, I can’t help but be a little disappointed with the choice. It appears to be another sad attempt to smoke out Billy Crystal.”

Stewart has appeared in several motion pictures, including “Death to Smoochy,” “Big Daddy,” “The Faculty” and “Playing by Heart.”

Prior to taking over “The Daily Show” in 1999, Stewart's television credits included a one-hour HBO comedy special, “Jon Stewart: Unleavened,” and a recurring role as himself on HBO’s series-within-a-series, “The Larry Sanders Show.” He also hosted “The Jon Stewart Show” on MTV, which went on to be nationally syndicated.

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Patty Fox has been named fashion co-ordinator of the 78th Academy Awards telecast, producer Gil Cates recently announced. In 2001, for the 73rd Academy Awards, Fox served for the first time as fashion co-ordinator, after having orchestrated the Academy's annual fashion previews for the previous decade for Fred Hayman.

Trained as a fashion designer, Fox is the author of two books, Star Style: Hollywood Legends as Fashion Icons and Star Style at the Academy Awards. During a decade as the fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue's Western Region, she launched the premiere collections for such designers as Christian Lacroix, Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi and Karl Lagerfeld.

In her role as Academy Awards telecast fashion co-ordinator, Fox will co-ordinate a fashion preview, scheduled in February, and will assist presenters and performers in their Oscar Night fashion selections.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Makeup for the 78th Academy Awards.

The films in consideration are listed below in alphabetical order:

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”
“Cinderella Man”
“A History of Violence”
“The Libertine”
“Mrs. Henderson Presents”
“The New World”
“Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith”

Ten-minute clip reels from each of the seven films will be screened for the Makeup Award Nominating Committee on Saturday, January 28. The committee may nominate three of these seven films for Oscar consideration.

Nominated films will be announced along with nominations in 23 other categories on Tuesday, January 31, at 5:30 am (Los Angeles time).

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Director-producer-writer Robert Altman has been voted an Honourary Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented at the 78th Academy Awards presentation on March 5, 2006. The Honourary Award will be given to Altman to honour “a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike.”

Altman has received five Academy Award nominations for directing - for “M*A*S*H,” “Nashville,” “The Player,” “Short Cuts” and “Gosford Park” - as well as two additional nominations as a producer of Best Picture nominees “Nashville” and "Gosford Park - but has never taken home the Oscar.

He has directed 86 films, produced 39 and written 37 of them.

“The board was taken with Altman's innovation, his redefinition of genres, his invention of new ways of using the film medium and his reinvigoration of old ones,” said Academy President Sid Ganis. “He is a master filmmaker and well deserves this honour.”

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Altman began his film career working there on documentary, employee training, industrial and educational films. While there, he made his first feature film in 1957, “The Delinquents,” a low budget exploitation film which was distributed by United Artists. He moved to Hollywood and found work directing episodes of television series such as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “Bonanza.” In 1969 he was offered the script of “M*A*S*H,” the success of which galvanised his feature film career.

Altman's films include such additional titles as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “The Long Goodbye,” “Thieves Like Us,” “Popeye” and “Prêt-à-Porter.” His current film, “A Prairie Home Companion” is in post-production.

Altman's Honourary Oscar will be presented, along with other Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2005, on Sunday, March 5, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

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Gary Demos, a pioneering motion picture technologist in the motion picture industry, has been voted the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 18 at The Beverly Hilton.

Demos has been pursuing the investigation of scientific issues in the motion picture industry for more than 30 years. “He's been involved in many different scientific disciplines throughout his extended career and has always been looking to the future,” said Academy President Sid Ganis

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In a first for New York City, this year’s crop of Oscar statuettes – newly minted and to be presented to the winners of the 78th Academy Awards on March 5 in Hollywood – will be showcased in the window of Times Square Studios in New York City from Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, February 1.

The exhibition, “Meet the Oscars: The 50 Golden Statuettes,” will be open for window viewing at Broadway and West 44th Street from 7am. to midnight daily.

After the close of the display the Oscars will be flown from New York to Los Angeles on “Oscar One,” the United Airlines' special “Flight of the Oscars,” where they again will be displayed in a public exhibition at the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex beginning on February 10.

The Academy will not know how many statuettes will be awarded until the envelopes are opened on Oscar Night because there can be ties as well as variable numbers of winners in some categories.

Weighing in at eight-and-a-half pounds, each statuette is thirteen-and-a-half inches tall and is made of gold-plated britannium, a metal alloy. The statuettes are handmade each year by R.S. Owens and Company in Chicago.

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Last year's Best Actress, Hilary Swank, will be a presenter for the 78th Academy Awards Presentation.

Swank won her second Academy Award last year for her leading role in “Million Dollar Baby.” She received her first Oscar in 1999 for her leading role in “Boys Don't Cry.” Swank's upcoming films include “Freedom Writers,” “The Reaping” and “The Black Dahlia.”

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Last year's Best Actor, Jamie Foxx, will be a presenter for the 78th Academy Awards Presentation.

Foxx received his first two Academy Award nominations last year for his supporting role in “Collateral” and for his leading role in “Ray,” for which he took home the Oscar.
Foxx is currently on screen in “Jarhead” and will be seen next in “Miami Vice.”

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Jennifer Aniston will make her first Oscar Show appearance as a presenter for the 78th Academy Awards, producer Gil Cates announced today.

Aniston was recently seen in “Rumor Has It” and will be seen next in “Friends with Money” and “ The Breakup.” Her other film credits include “Derailed,” “Along Came Polly,” “Bruce Almighty” and “The Good Girl.”

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Luke Wilson will be a presenter on the 78th Academy Awards telecast. Wilson can be seen in “The Family Stone” and will be seen later this year in “Super Ex-Girlfriend” and “The Wendell Baker Story,” which he wrote and co-directed with brother, Andrew. His other film credits include “Old School,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Rushmore” and the “Legally Blonde” films.

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Last year's Best Supporting Actor, Morgan Freeman, will be a presenter for the 78th Academy Awards Presentation. Freeman received his first Oscar last year for his supporting role in the Best Picture winner “Million Dollar Baby.” He has received four Academy Award nominations, his first in 1987 for his supporting role in “Street Smart.” He also received nominations for his leading roles in 1989's “Driving Miss Daisy” and 1994's “The Shawshank Redemption.”

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Nominations for the 78th Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday, January 31, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar-winning actress and Academy member Mira Sorvino.

Ganis and Sorvino will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at a news conference, which will be attended by media outlets from around the world.

Nominations in all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards Website

Sorvino received an Oscar in 1995 for her supporting role in “Mighty Aphrodite.” Her film credits include “The Final Cut,” “Summer of Sam,” “At First Sight,” “The Replacement Killers” and “Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.”

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Jessica Alba will be a presenter on the 78th Academy Awards telecast.

Jessica will be seen next in “Awake” and starred recently in “Fantastic Four” and “Into the Blue.” Her other film credits include “Frank Miller's Sin City” and “Honey.”

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Owen Wilson will be a presenter on the 78th Academy Awards telecast.

Wilson was recently seen in “Wedding Crashers” and will be seen next in “The Wendell Baker Story,” with brother Luke. His other upcoming films are “You, Me and Dupree” and the animated feature “Cars.” Wilson's film credits include “Meet the Fockers,” “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Zoolander.”

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Prior to being placed in the excited hands of Oscar winners at the 78th Academy Awards, this year’s crop of coveted Oscar statuettes will be showcased in a public display at the Hollywood & Highland Centre beginning on Friday, February 10.

The exhibition, “Meet the Oscars: The 50 Golden Statuettes,” will be free and open from 10am to 10pm Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8pm Sunday through Thursday on the third level of Hollywood & Highland.

Featuring 50 statuettes as well as other Academy Award-related displays, guests will have the opportunity to hold an Oscar as well as visit a gallery of photographs featuring winners from previous ceremonies. This year's limited edition, vintage commemorative posters, “Black Tuxedo,” and “White Gloves,” also will be available for purchase.

After the close of the exhibition on March 3, the Oscars, under heavy security, will march down the red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard to the Kodak Theatre where they will be handed out during the Awards Presentation on Sunday, March 5.

The Academy will not know how many statuettes will be awarded until the envelopes are opened on Oscar Night because there can be ties as well as variable numbers of winners in some categories.

Weighing in at eight-and-a-half pounds, each statuette is thirteen-and-a-half inches tall and is made of gold-plated britannium, a metal alloy. The statuettes, a new crop handmade each year by R.S. Owens and Company in Chicago, will arrive in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 2, on “Oscar 1,” the special United Airlines “Flight of the Oscars.”

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Sandra Bullock will be a presenter for the 78th Academy Awards telecast.

Bullock was seen in this year's critically acclaimed “Crash” and will be seen next in “The Lake House” and “Infamous.” Her film credits include “Miss Congeniality,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “Murder by Numbers,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “Hope Floats,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “Speed.”

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Keanu Reeves will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards.

Reeves will next be seen in “The Lake House” and “A Scanner Darkly.” His film credits include “Something's Gotta Give,” “The Matrix” film trilogy, “Speed,” “The Devil's Advocate,” “A Walk in the Clouds” and “Bram Stoker's Dracula.”

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Will Ferrell will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Ferrell, who recently starred in “The Producers,” will next star in the title role of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and will follow it up in “Stranger Than Fiction” this yearl. Ferrell's other film credits include “Bewitched,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Elf,” and “Old School.”

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Actress Rachel McAdams will present the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 18, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

McAdams, who currently stars in the romantic comedy “The Family Stone,” made her film debut in “Perfect Pie” which was based on a work by Canadian playwright Judith Thompson. Her filmography includes roles in “Mean Girls,” “The Notebook,” “Red Eye” and the 2005 summer hit “Wedding Crashers.”

Among the nineteen awards bestowed during the ceremony, McAdams will present the Academy's Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette, to Gary Demos for his lifetime of technological contributions to the industry.

Segments of the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation will be broadcast during the 78th Academy Awards.

The Scientific and Technical Awards are presented by the Academy for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts of sciences of motion pictures.

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On Oscar Night, Sunday, March 5, New York-area members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 78th Academy Awards at the historic St.Regis Hotel in New York City.

“This gathering is a great way for the Academy's members to celebrate the Oscars in classic Hollywood style," said the Academy's New York Events Committee Chair Arthur Manson. "In fact, our New York celebration in many ways will be reminiscent of the first Academy Awards banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929.”

Following a cocktail reception in the Louis XVI Suite, invited guests will adjourn to the Versailles Room for dinner and viewing of the Awards Presentation.

The St.Regis Hotel, a 1904 Beaux Arts landmark, is located at 2 East 55th Street in Manhattan. New York's Oscar Night party is open to all east coast-based Academy members.

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Four-time Academy Award-winning actor-director-producer Clint Eastwood will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Eastwood earned four Oscars and an Irving G.Thalberg Memorial Award, which is awarded to a producer whose body of work consistently reflects a high quality of motion picture production. He received both Directing and Best Picture Oscars for 1992's “Unforgiven” and 2004's “Million Dollar Baby;” he also received leading actor nominations for those films. Eastwood was also nominated for Best Picture and Directing Oscars in 2003 for “Mystic River.”

His next directing stint will be for “Flags of Our Fathers,” which he is also producing. Eastwood's other film credits include “Space Cowboys,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” “In the Line of Fire” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”

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Academy Award-nominated actress Queen Latifah will be a presenter for the 78th Academy Awards Presentation.

In 2002, for the 75th Academy Awards, Queen Latifah received her first Oscar nomination for her supporting role in “Chicago.” She currently can be seen in “Last Holiday” and will be seen in “Stranger than Fiction” and heard as the voice of the wholly mammoth in “Ice Age 2,” out this March. Queen Latifah's other film credits include “Bringing Down the House,” “Brown Sugar,” “Living Out Loud” and “My Life.”

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After a cross country flight on United Airlines' “Oscar 1,” the statuettes of the 78th Academy Awards have arrived in Hollywood where they will be on display in a public exhibition, “Meet the Oscars: The 50 Golden Statuettes,” beginning on Friday, February 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood, California.

The exhibition is free and open from 10am to 10pm Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8pm Sunday through Thursday on the third level of Hollywood & Highland.

Featuring 50 statuettes as well as other Academy Award-related displays, guests will have the opportunity to hold an Oscar as well as visit a gallery of photographs featuring winners from previous ceremonies. This year's limited edition, vintage commemorative posters, “Black Tuxedo,” and “White Gloves,” also will be available for purchase.

After the close of the exhibition on March 3, the Oscars, under heavy security, will march down the red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard to the Kodak Theatre where they will be handed out during the Awards Presentation on Sunday, March 5.

The Academy will not know how many statuettes will be awarded until the envelopes are opened on Oscar Night because there can be ties as well as variable numbers of winners in some categories.

Weighing in at eight-and-a-half pounds, each statuette is thirteen-and-a-half inches tall and is made of gold-plated britannium, a metal alloy. Each year a new crop is handmade by R.S. Owens and Company in Chicago.

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Terrence Howard, who received critical acclaim for his roles in 2005's “Crash” and “Hustle & Flow,” will be a presenter on the 78th Academy Awards telecast.

Howard‘s other film credits include “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” “Four Brothers” and “Ray.”

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On Saturday, February 25, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present two public screenings of the ten Oscar-nominated films in the Animated Short and Live Action Short categories. The screenings will feature the five films from each category, providing a rare opportunity for New York moviegoers to see the nominees prior to the 78th Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 5.

The screenings will be held at 12.00pm and 4.00pm at the Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International in New York City. Film historian and television host Robert Osborne will serve as the host for both screenings.

The following ten Oscar-nominated short films will be shown at the New York screenings:

Short Film (Animated)
“Badgered," Sharon Colman, director
“The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation,” John Canemaker, director; Peggy Stern, producer
“The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello,” Anthony Lucas, director
“9,” Shane Acker, director
“One Man Band,” Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews, directors

Short Film (Live Action)
“Ausreisser" (The Runaway), Ulrike Grote, director
“Cashback,” Sean Ellis, director; Lene Bausager, producer
“The Last Farm,” Rúnar Rúnarsson, director; Thor S. Sigurjónsson, producer
“Our Time Is Up,” Rob Pearlstein, director; Pia Clemente, producer
“Six Shooter,” Martin McDonagh, director

Tickets for the screenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid I.D. Advanced tickets may be reserved by calling 888-778-7575. The Academy's Theatre at Lighthouse International is located at 111 East 59th Street between Park and Lexington avenues. All orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Final ballots for the 78th Academy Awards were recently mailed to the 5,798 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Completed ballots must be returned to Pricewaterhouse-Coopers by 5.00pm, Tuesday, February 28. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.

Listed on the ballots are nominees in 19 Oscar categories. Separate ballots for 5 award categories (foreign language film, short and feature-length documentaries and animated and live-action short films) will be distributed after verification of mandatory member attendance at screenings.

Once the auditing firm has tabulated the votes, the winners’ names are placed in sealed envelopes to be opened on Oscar Night, Sunday, March 5.
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On Saturday, March 4, at 10.00am, approximately 36 hours before the winner of the Foreign Language Film Award is announced at the 78th Academy Awards, five of the world's leading filmmakers will participate in the annual, standing-room-only, Foreign Language Film Award Nominees Symposium at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

Moderated by Oscar-winning producer and chair of the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee Mark Johnson (“Rain Man”), the event will feature the directors of the five nominated foreign language films (subject to availability) in a live on-stage discussion on such wide-ranging issues as art, politics and filmmaking.

In addition to presenting film clips from the nominated films, the two-hour event will also provide the opportunity for questions from the audience.

The 2005 Foreign Language Film Award nominees are:

“Don't Tell,” Italy, Cristina Comencini, director
“Joyeux Noël,” France, Christian Carion, director
“Paradise Now,” Palestine, Hany Abu-Assad, director
“Sophie Scholl – The Final Days,” Germany, Marc Rothemund, director
“Tsotsi,” South Africa, Gavin Hood, director

Free advance tickets to the Foreign Language Film Symposium are necessary to secure admission. There is a two ticket per person limit. Doors open at 9.00am. The Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Free parking is provided in the garages located at 8920 and 9025 Wilshire Boulevard.
For ticket information, visit here

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Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Streep has won two Academy Awards and has received a total of thirteen nominations, which makes her the most nominated person in the acting categories. She won her Oscars® for Best Supporting Actress in 1979 for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and for Best Actress in 1982 for “Sophie's Choice.”

Streep will be seen next in “A Prairie Home Companion.” Her film credits include “Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “ The Manchurian Candidate,” “The Hours,” “Adaptation” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”
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Academy Award-nominated actor Will Smith will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Smith received an Academy Award nomination in 2001 for his leading role in “Ali.” He will be seen next in “Pursuit of Happyness.” Smith's film credits include “Hitch,” “I, Robot,” the two “Bad Boys” films, the “Men in Black” franchise, “Enemy of the State,” “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” “Independence Day” and “Six Degrees of Separation.”

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Actor Steve Carell will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Carell, who recently starred in “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” will next star in the ensemble comedy “Little Miss Sunshine.” Carell's other film credits include “Bewitched,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Bruce Almighty.”
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Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Kidman, who has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, took home a Best Actress Oscar in 2002 for portraying Virginia Woolf in “The Hours.” She also received a nomination in 2001 for her leading role in “Moulin Rouge.”

Kidman will be next seen in “The Visiting” and “Fur.” Her other film credits include “Cold Mountain,” “Dogville,” “The Others,” “The Portrait of a Lady,” “To Die For” and “Dead Calm.”

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Rapper-turned-actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony. This will be his first time presenting for the Academy Awards telecast.

Best known as a Grammy-winning rap artist, Bridges had a banner movie year in 2005, with a supporting role in the Best Picture nominee “Crash,” as well as a supporting role in the critically acclaimed “Hustle & Flow.”
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Jordon “Juicy J” Houston, Paul “DJ Paul” Beauregard and Darnell “Crunchy Black” Carlton of the Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia will perform at the 78th Academy Awards.

Beauregard and Houston, who are nominated for writing the music and lyrics for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow,” will perform their nominated song with group mate Darnell “Crunchy Black” Carlton and Taraji Henson, the actress who sang the hook in the film. Cedric “Frayser Boy” Coleman, who is nominated with Beauregard and Houston, will also perform. The song will be the first rap song ever performed on the telecast in the history of the Academy Awards.

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Academy Award nominees Dolly Parton and Kathleen “Bird” York will perform at the 78th Academy Awards.

Grammy Award-winning artist Parton will perform her nominated original song, “Travelin' Thru” from “Transamerica” (music and lyric by Dolly Parton).

York will perform “In the Deep,” from the film “Crash,” for which she is nominated for writing the music and lyric. (Her co-composer Michael Becker also is nominated for the music.) York's debut CD on EMI “Wicked Little High,” which features “In the Deep,” was released on February 21.

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Academy Award-nominated actress Uma Thurman will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony on March 5.

Thurman received an Oscar nomination in 1994 for her supporting role in “Pulp Fiction.” She currently can be seen in “The Producers” and will be seen next in “Super Ex-Girlfriend.” Thurman's other film credits include “Be Cool,” “Paycheck,” “Vatel,” “The Truth about Cats and Dogs” and the “Kill Bill” films.

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Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Theron just received her second Oscar nomination for her leading role in “North Country.” Two years ago, at the 76th Academy Awards, she took home the Best Actress Oscar for her leading role in “Monster.”

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Naomi Watts will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Watts was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2003 for her role in “21 Grams.” She stars in “King Kong” and will be seen next in “The Painted Veil.” Her film credits include “Stay,” The Ring“, "I Heart Huckabees” and “Mulholland Drive.”

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Grammy-nominated jazz performer Patti Austin will be the featured artist at the Governors Ball, the celebration immediately following the 78th Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 5.

With sixteen solo albums to her credit including the 2002 Grammy-nominated “For Ella,” a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Austin will perform for the Ball’s 1,650 guests, who include Academy Award winners and nominees, show presenters and telecast participants.

The Ball will celebrate the film achievements of 2005 in the Governors Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Centre following the Awards Presentation.

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Academy Award-nominated actress Lily Tomlin will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Tomlin was nominated for her supporting role in 1975's “Nashville.” She will be seen next in “A Prairie Home Companion” with Meryl Streep and “The Last Guy on Earth.” Her film credits include “I Heart Huckabees,” “Tea with Mussolini,” “Flirting with Disaster” and “Short Cuts.”

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Academy Award-nominated actress Reese Witherspoon will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Witherspoon recently received her first Oscar nomination for her 2005 leading role as June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line.” She will be seen next in “Penelope.”

Her film credits include “Election,” “Vanity Fair,” the “Legally Blonde” films, “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Pleasantville” and “Freeway.”

Witherspoon will join fellow presenters Hilary Swank, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Will Ferrell, Queen Latifah, Clint Eastwood, Terrence Howard, Meryl Streep, Will Smith, Steve Carrell, Nicole Kidman, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Uma Thurman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Lily Tomlin.

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Voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed final Oscar ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5.00pm on Tuesday, February 28.

Ballots received after the 5pm deadline will not be counted.
Final ballots - 5,798 of them - were mailed to voting members of the Academy on Wednesday, February 8.

Once PricewaterhouseCoopers has tabulated the votes, the winners’ names are placed in sealed, foil-lined envelopes. Two of the firm’s partners, Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas, will be the only two people to know the results prior to the envelopes being opened on Oscar Night, Sunday, March 5.

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Academy Award-nominated actor George Clooney will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Clooney received his first three Oscar® nominations this year, for directing and co-writing “Good Night, and Good Luck.” and for his supporting role in “Syriana.” He will next be seen in “The Good German” and is currently filming “Michael Clayton.” His other film credits include “Ocean's Twelve,” “Three Kings,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “The Perfect Storm” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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Kicking off the 2006 “Monday Nights with Oscar” series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special 40th anniversary screening of the Academy Award-winning film "A Man for All Seasons” on Monday, March 13, at 7:30pm at the Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International in New York City.

Based on the play of the same name by Robert Bolt, “A Man for All Seasons” tells the story of 16th century statesman and scholar Sir Thomas More who risks death at the behest of King Henry VIII when he chooses to stand for what he believes is right and morally sound.

“A Man for All Seasons” won Oscars for six of its eight nominations in 1966 – Leading Actor (Paul Scofield), Cinematography (Ted Moore), Costume Design (Elizabeth Haffenden and Joan Bridge), Director (Fred Zinnemann), Best Picture (Zinnemann) and Writing (Bolt).

The screening will be preceded by the 1966 Oscar-winning Best Animated Short “Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature.” Both films, feature and short, will be screened using new prints from the Academy Film Archive.

“Monday Nights with Oscar” is a monthly series showcasing high-quality prints featuring Academy Award-nominated and winning films.

The Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Tickets for the screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid I.D. Tickets may be reserved by calling (888) 778-7575. Pending availability, tickets may be purchased in person the night of the screening. Doors open at 7.00pm.

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Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Lopez was recently seen in “Monster-in-Law” and “An Unfinished Life. ” She recently completed “Bordertown” and will be seen next in “El Cantante.” Her other film credits include “Maid in Manhattan,” “Enough,” “Money Train,” “Out of Sight,” “The Cell,” “The Wedding Planner” and “Angel Eyes.”

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Academy Award-nominated actress Salma Hayek will be a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

Hayek was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2002 for her portrayal of Frida Kahlo in “Frida.” She will be seen next in Robert Towne's “Ask the Dust.” Hayek's other film credits include “After the Sunset,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Dogma” and “Fools Rush In.”

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Academy Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson will join Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Eric Bana, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Stiller, John Travolta and Ziyi Zhang as presenters at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony.

These presenters will join Hilary Swank, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Will Ferrell, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Meryl Streep, Will Smith, Steve Carell, Nicole Kidman, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Uma Thurman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts, Lily Tomlin, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek on the telecast.

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**Winners**

Here is a complete list of winners.

BEST PICTURE
“Crash,” Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman, producers

BEST ACTRESS
Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line”

BEST ACTOR
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardener”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
George Clooney, “Syriana”

BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, “Crash”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, “Brokeback Mountain”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Tsotsi” (South Africa)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Wallace & Grommit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” Nick Park and Steve Box

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Memoirs of a Geisha,” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Memoirs of a Geisha,” Dion Beebe

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Memoirs of a Geisha,” Colleen Atwood

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“March of the Penguins,” Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
“A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin,” Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson

BEST FILM EDITING
“Crash,” Hughes Winborne

BEST MAKEUP
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Howard Berger and Tami Lane

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“Brokeback Mountain,” Gustavo Santaolalla

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

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation,” John Canemaker and Peggy Stern

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“Six Shooter,” Martin McDonagh

BEST SOUND EDITING
“King Kong,” Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn

BEST SOUND MIXING
“King Kong,” Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“King Kong,” Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor

HONORARY ACADEMY AWARD
Robert Altman

Pictures are courtesy of Wireimage/AP.

Uma Thurman Naomi Watts
Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez Keira Knightley
Jessica Alba Jennifer Garner
Hilary Swank Heath Ledger & Michelle Williams
Diane Kruger Charlize Theron
Ben Stiller Amy Adams
Gustavo Santaolalla Ang Lee
Jack Nicholson Bobby Moresco & Paul Haggis
Rachel Weisz Philip Seymour Hoffman & Reese Witherspoon
Three 6 Mafia Pamela Anderson
Naomi Watts Mischa Barton
Madonna Jessica Alba
Carolina Kurkova Brittany Murphy
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