The 2006 Oscar Nominees

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Author Annie Proulx doesn't like it called the "gay cowboy movie" but whatever you call it, "Brokeback Mountain" ran away with the Oscar nominations this morning — eight in total, including one for best picture, best director and best actor.

Academy Awards night is still five weeks away, but the nominations are flying today. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon grabbed one each for playing Johnny Cash and June Carter in "Walk the Line." George Clooney got one for best supporting actor in "Syriana" and another for best director for "Good Night and Good Luck."

"Capote" is in the Oscars list, and so is "Crash" and "Munich." Blockbusters? Not this year.

Hear about the 2006 Oscar nominations, and the message in the movies.


Justin Chang, film critic and reporter for Variety.;
Carrie Rickey, film critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer.;
Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe.

This program aired on January 31, 2006.


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