2006 Academy Awards Readers Poll

Best Motion Picture of the Year: Brokeback Mountain, of course.
Brokeback Mountain 62.8%
Capote 7.3%
Crash 14.8%
Good Night, and Good Luck 8%
Munich 7%

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote.
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote 45.2%
Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow 3.8%
Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain 26.2%
Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line 20%
David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck. 4.8%

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line.
Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents 4.7%
Felicity Huffman in Transamerica 24.7%
Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice 9.7%
Charlize Theron in North Country 4.8%
Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line 56.2%

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: PopMatters readers chose Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain, although George Clooney in Syriana is right on his tail.
George Clooney in Syriana 30.7%
Matt Dillon in Crash 10.6%
Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man 20.2%
Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain 33.1%
William Hurt in A History of Violence 5.4%

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener, but Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain isn’t far behind.
Amy Adams in Junebug 10.7%
Catherine Keener in Capote 13.7%
Frances McDormand in North Country 7.2%
Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener 37.6%
Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain 30.8%

Best Director: Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee 59.8%
Capote – Bennett Miller 4.1%
Crash – Paul Haggis 10.2%
Good Night, and Good Luck. – George Clooney 15.8%
Munich – Steven Spielberg 10.2%

Best Documentary Feature: March of the Penguins
Darwin’s Nightmare 7.5%
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 17.2%
March of the Penguins 51.8%
Murderball 19%
Street Fight 4.5%

Best Foreign Language Film: Paradise Now
Don’t Tell – Italy 11.6%
Joyeux Noël – France 16.7%
Paradise Now – Palestine 40%
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days – Germany 10.6%
Tsotsi – South Africa 21.1%

As for those who should win, in many instances, the hype, it seems, is believed. That’s media saturation for you. But we’ve some dissenting voices who are holding strong for those who may be on the edges of the limelights.

Best Motion Picture of the Year: Brokeback Mountain, of course. Although PopMatters‘ strong music constituency piped up for Walk the Line.
Brokeback Mountain 43.4% 194
Capote 6.9% 31
Crash 14.1% 63
Good Night, and Good Luck 11% 49
Munich 7.2% 32
Other 17.4%

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, yes, yes, but Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain is close behind. And a voting constituency that can’t be ignored opted for Ralph Fiennes in The Constant Gardener.
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote 31.3% 140
Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow 7.8%
Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain 30%
Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line 18.6%
David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck. 5.6%
Other 6.7%

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line. Uh huh. That’s all our music geeks weighing in, again. Some of our readers are more enamored with Naomi Watts in King Kong . Blond girl in white silk dress writhing about in that big hairy paw. Gotta love it.
Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents 5.4% 24
Felicity Huffman in Transamerica 27.5%
Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice 12.1%
Charlize Theron in North Country 4.9%
Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line 43%
Other 7.2%

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain Although our judges see George Clooney in Syriana only about a half of a lap behind him. Hey! Some who’s that big guy lumbering up from the rear… why it’s Mickey Rourke in Sin City.
George Clooney in Syriana 24.2%
Matt Dillon in Crash 11.5%
Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man 16.4%
Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain 33.3%
William Hurt in A History of Violence 8.7%
Other 5.9%

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener and Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain are neck-in-neck. Hype, hype, hype. At least Thandie Newton in Crash got a respectful nod from our readers.
Amy Adams in Junebug 15.2%
Catherine Keener in Capote 15.2%
Frances McDormand in North Country 9%
Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener 28.3%
Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain 28.3%

Other 4%

Best Director: Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain. Uh huh. David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence got some respectful attention.
Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee 46.3%
Capote – Bennett Miller 5.5%
Crash – Paul Haggis 10.7%
Good Night, and Good Luck. – George Clooney 15.4%
Munich – Steven Spielberg 11.9%
Other 10.2%

Best Documentary Feature: March of the Penguins, of course. But the icy environs of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room chilled many of our readers to the bone. Darwin’s Nightmare left others in a lasting sweat.
Darwin’s Nightmare 13.1%
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 15.6%
March of the Penguins 35.1%
Murderball 24%
Street Fight 4.2%
Other 8.1%

Best Foreign Language Film: Paradise Now. Hands-down the favored in this category. But, Tsotsi and Don’t Tell are getting their dues from PopMatters readers, too.
Don’t Tell – Italy 11.7%
Joyeux Noël – France 13.5%
Paradise Now – Palestine 33.8%
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days – Germany 9.9%
Tsotsi – South Africa 18.7%
Other 12.5%

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