Share your Oscar front-runners

9355__munich_lThere’s only 111 days until the Academy Awards, and now that EW’s Dave Karger has spilled the beans about this year’s early Oscar front-runners, it’s time to let the prognosticating and rampant speculation begin. Do already released films such as Jarhead, Crash, Cinderella Man, or The Constant Gardener have your support? Or are you holding out hope for upcoming pictures such as Munich (starring Eric Bana, left), Syriana, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Brokeback Mountain?

Tell us who deserves a date with Oscar, and who ought to get stood up, come March 5.

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  • cRAIG

    as long as crash is ignored, i’ll be happy.
    easily the most overrated film of the year…

  • Eric

    I’m holding out a lot of hope for “Brokeback Mountain”. I think seeing those cow-pokes a-kissin’ will make everyone cheer.. (or at least me..)

  • Vivi

    “Crash” is not an overrated movie. It’s by far the best movie I’ve seen this year. So many actors from the cast did such a great job.
    Also, I think Terrence Howard should be rewarded at least a nomination for his work in either “Crash” or “Hustle and Flow”. I’m glad that he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves.
    As for the females, this is Reese’s year. With a close runnerup coming from Charlize Theron.

  • Glenn

    Best Actor: Heath Ledger, David Straitharn, Phillip Seymour-Hoffman, Russel Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

  • Murillo

    Best Picture: Crash, Brokeback Mountain, Syriana, The Constant Gardener, Memoirs of a Geisha
    Best Actor: Heath Ledger (Brokeback M.), Jake Gyllenhall (Jarhead), Joaquin Phoenix(Walk the Line), Ralph Fienes (The Const.), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
    Best Actress: Charlize Theron (North Country), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Reese Witherspoon(Walk the Line), Claire Danes (Shopgirl), Rachel Weiszman (Constant Gardener)

  • Glenn

    I believe the Academy will remember Cinderella Man come nomination time, so don’t count Crowe, Zellwegger, and definitely not Paul Giamatti, who is due this time around. The DVD comes out very soon just in time for voters to remember how strong a picture it was. Plus its a bold Hollywood-style pic that they mostly approve of

  • djm

    I agree that “Crash” was/is somewhat overrated. I liked some of the performances (and they should be recognized), but the movie itself was (to me) preachy, annoying, and a little too convenient. I rarely like movies where ALL if the characters are supposed to be strangers yet their lives are always crossing. I have seen it done well, but not in this movie. My hope is that “Brokeback Mountain” will be as good as it is being hyped as being and that it goes on to win many awards. I loved the story and hopefully they have done something brave and stayed true to the words. I also hope Phillip Seymour Hoffman gets a nom (and win) – he is a truly amazing actor. I also loved Filicity Huffman’s EMMY speach so I’d love to see her win an Oscar. Thandi Newton in “Crash” should get the supporting actress nom and I would love to see Terrence Howard nominated for either “Crash” or “Hustle & Flow” – he was/is truly the breakout star of the year (for me).

  • Julia

    I cannot wait to see Brokeback Mountain, The Family Stone, Syriana, The New World, and King Kong, but as of right now, these are my favorites (Not that I’m expecting all, or any of these to necessarily get nods):
    Actor- Ralph Fiennes (Constant Gardener) and Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence)
    Actress- Joan Allen (The Upside of Anger) and Charlize Theron (North Country)
    Director- George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck) and David Cronenberg (A History of Violence)
    Picture- Good Night, and Good Luck, A History of Violence, The Constant Gardener, Crash

  • Bob G.

    Best Picture – Brokeback Mountain
    Best Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote
    Best Actress – Felicity Huffman – Transamerica
    Best Supporting Actress – Thandi Newton – Crash
    Best Supporting Actor – Paul Giammati – Cinderella Man
    Best Director – Ang Lee – Brokeback Mountain

  • Rich

    While there are a batch of strong contenders on the horizon, so I’m not making any predictions yet, I will very disappointed (even disillusioned) if Crash and a hearty bunch of its cast members aren’t nominated come Oscar time. It was one of the most powerful, thought-provoking, and different movies I have ever seen. Even though I haven’t viewed it since August (for the second time mind you), I am still thinking about it — and, still moved by it.

  • Anne

    Granted most of the Oscar contenders will come out in the last weeks of Dec., but based upon what’s already come out and buzz I really hope that CRASH gets the nominations that it deserves. In particular, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard were incredible. I also thought the score was fantastic. It’s one of the few movies that I have ever seen that really packed a genuine emotional punch.
    I am also a huge fan of Amy Adams in Junebug. She plays a ridiculous character without making Ashley into a caricature. The script was great, too.
    Hopefully, these older films (along with Cinderella Man) will still be in the minds of voters come Oscar season.

  • Robert

    By picks… so far.
    Best Picture: Junebug*, The Squid and the Whale, Pride & Prejudice, The Upside of Anger, Capote
    Best Director: David Cronenberg, George Clooney, Gregg Araki*
    Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman*, David Strathairn, Nicolas Cage, Lou Taylor Pucci, Cillian Murphy, Peter Falk, Jake Gyllenhaal
    Best Actress: Joan Allen*, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Connelly, Keira Knightley, Radha Mitchell, Glenn Close
    Best Supporting Actor: Mickey Rourke*, Clifton Collins Jr., Matt Dillon, Terence Howard, Paul Giamatti, William Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, Tom Arnold, Kevin Costner, Eugene Hutz
    Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams*, Maria Bello, Rachel Weisz, Hope Davis, Shirley MacLaine, Meryl Streep, Bonnie Hunt, Sandra Bullock

  • Middento

    I have a good feeling that Brokeback Mountain (which I’ve seen — it’s excellent and I have already uttered the words I never thought I’d say: “Heath Ledger deserves an Oscar for this”), Syriana and Good Night and Good Luck will get appropriately awarded among the shoo-ins of the season like Munich. I also think that Hoffman and Huffman will get noms (which makes me worried that Letterman will host and say “Hoffman! Huffman!” over and over…)
    My only concern is that A History of Violence might get overlooked, which was such a powerful, amazing little film on all sides. Plus, it would be nice to see the guy who did Scanners to get an Oscar nod.

  • Michael

    From what I’ve seen so far this year I would nominate these films and actors:
    Best Picture:Capote, Pride and Prejudice*, The Squid and the Whale, Crash, The Constant Gardner.
    Best Actor:Philip Seymore Hoffman(Capote)*, Jeff Daniels(The Squid and the Whale), Jake Gyllenhall(Jarhead), Ralph Feinnes(The Constant Gardner),Russell Crowe(Cinderella Man)
    Best Actress:Joan Allen*(The Upside Anger),Keira Knightley(Pride and Prejudice),Charlize Theron(North Country),Gywenth Paltrow(Proof)
    Supporting Actor:Peter Sarsgaard*(Jarhead),Jamie Foxx(Jarhead),Matt Dillon(Crash),Donald Sutherland(Pride and Prejudice),Kevin Costner(The Upside of Anger),Paul Giammati(Cinderella Man)
    Supporting Actress:Brenda Blethyn*(Pride and Prejudice), Laura Linney(The Squid and the Whale),Frances McDormand(North Country), Shirley McClain(In Her Shoes),Sandra Bullock(Crash),Hope Davis(Proof),Amy Adams(Junebug)
    Nominations for movies I haven’t seen yet:
    Best Picture:Brokeback Mountain, Walk the Line
    Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix(Walk the Line),Heath Ledger(Brokeback Mountain),Johnny Depp(The Libertine)
    Best Actress:Reese Witherspoon(Walk the Line)
    Supporting Actress:Michelle Williams(Brokeback Mountain)

  • Justin

    -Brokeback Mountain
    -The Producers
    -Memoirs of a Geisha
    -Walk the Line
    (Winner being either Brokeback Mountain, Munich, or Walk the Line)
    -Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain)
    -Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line)
    -Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
    -George Clooney (Syriana)
    -Viggio Mortensen (A History of Violence)
    (Joaquin will win)
    -Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
    -Felicity Huffman (Transamerica)
    -Charlize Theron (North Country)
    -Joan Allen (The Upside of Anger)
    -Claire Danes (Shopgirl)
    (My heart is really really really pulling for Reese to win but somethings telling me that Felicity will prove to be pretty tough competition. As of now though, Id say Reese will win. Her performance in WALK THE LINE is inexplicabably phenomenal. Oscar-worthy in every aspect.)
    I think that Thandi Newton will take Best Supporting Actress for her astounding performance in CRASH and that Paul Giamatti will finally win an Oscar (although it may be for a supporting role) for his deeply emotional and funny and heart-warming performance in CINDERELLA MAN.
    And, expect Rob Marshall to be accepting an Oscar for his direction of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. I know friends who saw it and thought it was a beautiful, sometimes TOO graceful a film but his direction was right on the money.

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