1. William Hurt is awesome in A History of Violence, but he’s in that movie about as much as Heath and Jake actually fish in Brokeback Mountain.
2. Personally, I can’t wait to see the gala presentation of the nominated song, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” from Hustle & Flow. Does Celine Dion come out for that one?
3. Big congrats to super-nice guy Marshall Curry’s surprise doc nomination with Street Fight. Otherwise, it was a pretty predictable set of nominees. And, will the Academy ever honor a doc about either 9/11 or Iraq? There’s plenty to choose from, for sure.
4. Unless you count Howl’s Moving Castle (but really, you shouldn’t), this marks the first year a traditional Disney release was not nominated for Best Animated Feature (thanks to no Pixar release in 2005, really). What does that mean?