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Oscars panel: Trevor Martin

Delighted to see that Brokeback Mountain leads the pack with eight Oscar nominations including a nod for Jake Gyllenhaal as best supporting actor.

Gyllenhaal was not nominated for a Golden Globe so it's great to see the Academy got it right this year.

Otherwise it was business as usual and there are few surprises.

Great to see British actresses Judi Dench and Rachel Weisz in the running for best actress and supporting actress.

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Trevor Martin
Name: Trevor Martin
Age: 45
Lives: San Francisco, US/Brighton, UK
Occupation: Retired events marketing consultant
Favourite all-time film: Now Voyager/Brokeback Mountain (it's a tie)

Heath Ledger, nominated for best actor for Brokeback Mountain faces stiff competition from Philip Seymour Hoffman with his ingenious portrayal of Truman Capote (Capote).

It's a two horse race for the best actor trophy.

Equally, Heath Ledger has stunned movie-goers with his chameleon-like transformation into the character of Ennis del Mar.

For my money Ledger's performance deserves to win because Philip Seymour Hoffman was impersonating a real historical character...and there was plenty of archive film footage and recorded material for him to base the characterisation.

Nevertheless whoever wins in this category can be satisfied they were up against the toughest competitors delivering the finest of performances.

Aside from the lead actor award which is a close race, Brokeback Mountain will sweep the awards in all its nominated categories.


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