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Brokeback rides toward Oscar Land

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The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and the gay cowboy lovestory leads the pack: Brokeback Mountain got 8 nominations. The 5 movies up for Best Picture are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Munich, Good Night and Good Luck, and Crash, which just took the big prize at the SAG Awards Sunday night.

One of our favorite categories this year is makeup, which pits the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and the Chronicles of Narnia against Cinderella Man. Way to make Russell Crowe feel like a monster.

The usually-unbearable nominations for best song have taken a bit of a surprise turn: "In the Deep" from Crash, with "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle and Flow and Dolly Parton's "Travellin' Thru" from Transamerica. Maybe Alan and Marilyn Bergman finally took a vacation, and dragged Randy Newman with them.