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Awards: December 22, 2005

BEST FILM
Brokeback Mountain
Runner-up: Me and You and Everyone We Know

BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Runner-up: Woody Allen, Match Point

BEST SCREENPLAY (tie)
Shane Black – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and
Miranda July – Me and You and Everyone We Know

BEST ACTOR
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote
Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

BEST ACTRESS
Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line
Runner-up: Maria Bello, A History of Violence

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Andy Serkis, King Kong
Runner-up: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Runner-up: Amy Adams, Junebug

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Murderball
Runner-up: Grizzly Man

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Kung-Fu Hustle
Runner-up: Downfall

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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh