Stirring movie CRASH served up an Oscars surprise at the 78th Academy Awards last night (05MAR06) when it beat out red-hot favourite Brokeback Mountain to claim the night's Best Picture prize.
The acclaimed film also took home Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing prizes to become one of four movies to take home three honours apiece.
Brokeback Mountain was another triple winner, claiming Best Score and Best Adapted Screenplay honours, while Ang Lee became the first Asian movie-maker to pick up the Best Director award for the gay cowboy film.
Memoirs Of A Geisha and King Kong also claimed three prizes each for Visual Effects, Costume Design, Art Direction and Sound Mixing honours, among others.
Meanwhile, the acting awards were shared - Reese Witherspoon and Philip Seymour Hoffman claimed the Best Actress and Actor honours, while George Clooney and pregnant Rachel Weisz took home the Supporting Actor and Actress prizes.
The full list of winners is:
Best Supporting Actor - GEORGE CLOONEY (SYRIANA)
Best Visual Effects - JOE LETTERI, BRIAN VAN'T HUL (corr), CHRISTIAN RIVERS, RICHARD TAYLOR (KING KONG)
Best Animated Feature - WALLACE + GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
Best Live Action Short - SIX SHOOTER
Best Animated Short - THE MOON + The Son: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION
Best Costume Design - COLLEEN ATWOOD (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA)
Best Makeup - HOWARD BERGER + TAMI LANE (The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch + The Wardrobe)
Best Supporting Actress - RACHEL WEISZ (The Constant Gardener)
Best Documentary Short - A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN
Best Documentary Feature - March of the Penguins
Best Art Direction - JOHN MYHRE + GRETCHEN RAU (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA)
Best Original Score - GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN)
Best Sound Mixing - CHRISTOPHER BOYES, MICHAEL HEDGES, MICHAEL SEMANICK + HAMMOND PEEK (KING KONG)
Honorary Oscar - Robert Altman
Best Original Song - IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP by Cedric Coleman, Paul Beauregard + Jordan Houston (HUSTLE + FLOW)
Best Sound Editing - MIKE HOPKINS + ETHAN VAN DER RYN (KING KONG)
Best Foreign Languuage Film - TSOTSI
Best Film Editing - HUGHES WINBORNE (CRASH)
Best Actor - PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (CAPOTE)
Best Cinematography - DION BEEBE (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA)
Best Actress - REESE WITHERSPOON (Walk the Line)
Best Adapted Screenplay - LARRY MCMURTRY + Diana Ossana (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN)
Best Original Screenplay - BOBBY MORESCO + Paul Haggis (CRASH)
Best Director - ANG LEE (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN)
Best Picture - CRASH