Oscar 2005: Best and Worst Films, Best and Worst Performances

2005: Best and Worst Films

Ten Best: Rank Ordered:

Best Picture: Brokeback Mountain

2. History of Violence
3. 2046
4. Cache
5. Me and You and Everyone We Know
6. Head-On
7. The Constant Gardener
8. Good Night, and Good Luck
9. Capote
10. Munich

I don’t provide capsules for these films since they all have been reviewed at length on my site.

Runners Up: Rank Ordered:

1. Paradise Now
2. Grizzly Man
3. The Squid and the Whale
4. Junebug
5. The New World
6. Syriana
7. Pride and Prejudice
8. The Holy Girl
9. Saraband
10. Born into Brothels

Ten Worst Films:

1. The Adventures of SharkBoy and LavaGirl
2. Bewitched
3. Chicken Little
4. Constantine
5. Derailed
6. The Dukes of Hazzard
7. Elizabethtown
8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
9. The Legend of Zorro
10. Stay

Best Directors: Rank Ordered

Best Director: David Cronenberg, History of Violence

2. Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
3. Wong Kar-wai, 2046
4. Bennett Miller, Capote
5. George Clooney, Good Night and Good Luck
6. Miranda July, Me and You and Everyone We Know
7. Noah Bombach, The Squid and the Whale
8. Steven Spielberg, Munich
9. Fernando Mereillas, The Constant Gardener
10. Woody Allen, Match Point

Great Performances

Male in a Leading Role

Best Actor: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

Robert Downey Jr., Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Viggo Mortensen, History of Violence
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
David Straithairn, Good Night, and Good Luck
Eric Bana, Munich
Colin Farrell, The New World
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jarhead
Ralph Fiennes, The Constant Gardender
Vince Vaugh, The Wedding Crashers
Cillian Murphy, Breakfast on Pluto
Tommy Lee Jones, The Three Burials of Melquiades Esrada
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Match point

Female in a Leading Role

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Joan Allen, The Upside of Anger
Miranda July, Me and You and Everyone We Know
Claire Danes, Shopgirl
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Diane Keaton, The Family Stone
Vera Farmigo, Down to the Bone
Charlize Theron, North Country
Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica

Male in a Supporting Role:

Supporting Actor: William Hurt, History of Violence

Terrence Howard, Crash
Matt Dillon, Crash
Ed Harris, History of Violence
George Clooney, Syriana
Jeffrey Wright, Syriana
Geoffrey Rush, Munich
Kevin Costner, The Upside of Anger

Female in a Supporting Role

Supporting Actress: Maria Bello, History of Violence

Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
Amy Adams, Junebug
Jessica Lange, Broken Flowers
Catherine Keener, Capote
Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale
Tilda Swinton, Chronicles of Narnia
Thandie Newton, Crash
Gong Li, 2046

Overestimated Films

Cinderella Man
King Kong

Underestimated Films