To me, 2005 was a great year for film, though the box office numbers may not have reflected this.
Of course, there were great cinematic disappointments as well - Kingdom of Heaven and The Brothers Grimm to name a couple.
Nonetheless, the Oscar-worthy were better than ever and in my opinion, an impressive list of candidates will compete this year for the Academy's highest honour.
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Lives: Augusta, Georgia
Occupation: Art director for media company
Favourite all-time film: The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
My choices for this year's Oscars are:
Best film - Brokeback Mountain, Cinderella Man, Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck, The Constant Gardner
Who should win? Brokeback Mountain
Who will win? Brokeback Mountain
Best actor - Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line), Ralph Fiennes (The Constant Gardner), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man)
Who should win? Heath Ledger
Who will win? Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best actress - Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner), Laura Linney (The Squid and the Whale), Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice)
Who should win? Michelle Williams
Who will win? Felicity Huffman
Best director - George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Stephen Spielberg (Munich), Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardner), Ron Howard (Cinderella Man)
Who should win? Ang Lee
Who will win? Ang Lee
Crash gets an honourable mention here and, though it has garnered many accolades, I thought it not quite worthy of an Oscar nomination. The subject matter is very important and the performances good, but I think the movie has been a bit over-hyped due to it's extreme message of racial dissent.
Batman Begins also gets an honourable mention. It was certainly the best Batman movie to date. This was to me the unexpected surprise of 2005.