Oscar fever!

This morning it was announced that Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta Scott King, died last night at age 78 at her home in Atlanta. But enough about that...

The nominations are in, folks! Which really is such fantastic news. Blue-state favorite Brokeback Mountain leads with eight nominations! Whoo-whee!

Nominations for best picture are Brokeback Mountain; Good Night, and Good Luck; Crash; Capote; and Munich. Obviously the Academy overlooked favorite Walk the Line for lighter fare this year.

Best director nominations are Ang Lee, George Clooney, Paul Haggis, Bennett Miller and Steven Spielberg (We don't have the exact figure, but if memory serves, this is the first time in a LONG time that all five best picture nominees' directors were nominated.)

Nominations for best actor are Joaquin Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Terrence Howard, Philip Seymour Hoffman and David Strathairn (We must admit that we were five for five in our predictions for this category, so good for us.)

Best actress nominations are Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Huffman, Judi Dench, Charlize Theron and Keira Knightley

Best supporting actor nominations are George Clooney (again!), Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Dillon, Paul Giamatti and William Hurt

Nominations for best supporting actress are Michelle Williams, Amy Adams, Rachel Weisz, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand

For screenplay nominations, visit the above link. Woody Allen did score one for Match Point. And Clooney did, too, because apparently there was a rule that he had to be nominated for everything this year.

Other fun bits:
•Best song nomination "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow, meaning lots of pimp references during the telecast
•Best song nomination "Travelin' Thru" from Transamerica, suggesting a Dolly Parton performance at the ceremony, unless Beyonce has signed up to sing all the songs again.
•No best song nomination for the new song from The Producers. Ouch.
•Um, that's it.

So, there you go. All in all, three words: Clooney...



And one more: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Coretta, you had the right idea, babe. R.I.P.

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