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Oscars 2006: Crash claims shock win

Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon in Crash

Story by Jack Foley

RACIAL drama Crash emerged as the shock winner at this year’s Oscars, beating pre-ceremony favourite Brokeback Mountain to the coveted title of best film.

The multi-layered tale, set in Los Angeles, was co-written and directed by Paul Haggis, the writer behind last year’s Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby.

It belatedly emerged as a possible challenger to Brokeback Mountain’s dominance of the awards season to successfully land the big shock of the 78th Academy Awards.

But the film’s producer, Cathy Schulman, was mindful of the talented line-up of this year’s nominees, thanking Hollywood for creating ‘one of the most breathtaking and stunning maverick years in American cinema’.

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Brokeback Mountain did receive a top prize for best director for Ang Lee but of the eight nominations it received going into the ceremony, only three proved successful (including best adapted screenplay).

The best actor prize went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote, while best actress was Reese Witherspoon for Walk The Line.

Of the British contenders, 34-year-old Brit star Rachel Weisz was named best supporting actress for The Constant Gardener (to make up for her disappointment at the Baftas), and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit won the best animated feature film.

George Clooney, meanwhile, was named best supporting actor for his role in Syriana.

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Best documentary was box office hit March of the Penguins, while best foreign language film was South African drama, Tsotsi.

Cult comedian Jon Stewart, of The Daily Show, hosted the annual ceremony for the first time, but steered away from controversy.

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