‘Brokeback’ dominates Academy nominations

The 78th annual Academy Award nominees were announced Jan. 31 and this year’s award show is all about “Brokeback Mountain” as the film received eight nominations including best picture.

“Brokeback Mountain” is definitely the favorite to win best picture, a movie that has become very popular and controversial as it covers topics that include two gay cowboys who fall in love and lead double lives. The film’s actors also are big front runners; Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michelle Williams all received nominations.

“Brokeback Mountain” director Ang Lee also received a nomination for best director.

The other best picture nominees are Bennett Miller’s “Capote,” Paul Haggis’ “Crash,” George Clooney’s “Good Night and Good Luck,” and Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.”

Coincidentally, every film in the best picture category is also nominated for best direction.

The theme for this year’s Oscar nominations seemed to be a political one. Many political and independent films were nominated in major categories including best picture. Some of the more political films nominated include, “Good Night and Good Luck,” “Syriana,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Munich.”

The Academy Awards will be held March 5 and is hosted by John Stewart, anchor of the Comedy Central program “The Daily Show.”