Countdown to the Oscars: Couples Confidential
March 3, 2006

The highly anticipated Academy Awards are finally here, and the famous faces are hitting the pre-Oscar VIP scene.

"Extra" caught up with Best Actress nominee Charlize Theron at the Vanity Fair Amped for Africa pre-Oscar benefit, and Charlize broke news about her Oscar date: "I'm taking my mom."

So where is Theron's sexy boyfriend Stuart Townsend? Charlize told us he's filming this weekend in Canada.

The red carpet showstopper also had another confession: she has yet to decide on her Oscar dress. "It's always nerve wracking," Charlize said. "Any red carpet is always nerve wracking."

Meanwhile, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Matt Dillon were party hopping Thursday night at the hip Sky Bar for Jason Binn's Los Angeles Confidential magazine bash. Best Actor nominee Phillip Seymour Hoffman was the star attraction, gracing the magazine's cover.

Matt Dillon also broke couples news, admitting he'll be dateless for the big night. "There isn't a lady right now," the Best Supporting Actor nominee told us. "And I don't want to bring a date, just to bring a date."

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2006 Oscar Nominees


Best Actor :

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote”
    Terrence Howard
    in “Hustle & Flow”
    Heath Ledger
    in “Brokeback Mountain”
    Joaquin Phoenix
    in “Walk the Line”  
    David Strathairn in “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

Best Supporting Actor :

  • George Clooney in “Syriana”
    Matt Dillon
    in “Crash” 
    Paul Giamatti
    in “Cinderella Man”
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    in “Brokeback Mountain”
    William Hurt
    in “A History of Violence”

Best Actress:

  • Judi Dench in “Mrs. Henderson Presents” Felicity Huffman in “Transamerica”  
    Keira Knightley in “Pride & Prejudice”  
    Charlize Theron in “North Country”  
    Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”

Best Supporting Actress :

  • Amy Adams in “Junebug”
    Catherine Keener in “Capote”  
    Frances McDormand in “North Country”
    Rachel Weisz in “The Constant Gardener” Michelle Williams in “Brokeback Mountain”

Achievement in cinematography:

  • “Batman Begins” Wally Pfister  
    “Brokeback Mountain”Rodrigo Prieto  
    “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Robert Elswit  
    “Memoirs of a Geisha”Dion Beebe  
    “The New World” Emmanuel Lubezki

Achievement in directing:

  • “Brokeback Mountain” Ang Lee  
    “Capote” Bennett Miller  
    “Crash” Paul Haggis  
    “Good Night, and Good Luck.” George Clooney  
    “Munich” Steven Spielberg

Best motion picture of the year:

    “Brokeback Mountain”
    “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

    Adapted screenplay:

    “Brokeback Mountain” Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana  
    “Capote” Screenplay by Dan Futterman  
    “The Constant Gardener” Screenplay by Jeffrey Caine  
    “A History of Violence” Screenplay by Josh Olson  
    “Munich” Screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth

    Original screenplay:

    “Crash” Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco Story by Paul Haggis  
    “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov  
    “Match Point” Written by Woody Allen  
    “The Squid and the Whale” Written by Noah Baumbach  
    “Syriana” Written by Stephen Gaghan 

click for a complete list of nominees