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March 5 , 2006

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Sherlocking At The 78th Annual Academy Awards
By Don Hobbs

Well its that time of the year again when the eyes of the world are turned to Hollywood for the 78th Annual Academy Awards. All eyes of the Sherlockian world are tuned in to Sherlockpeoria for the 2nd Annual Six-Degrees of Sherlockian Separation. I will once again prove that there is really nothing new under the sun and all actors and/or movies can be linked to Sherlock Holmes in 6 steps or less. I will take the 5 nominees for performance by an actor in a leading role, by an actress in a leading role, and for the best picture and link them to a Sherlockian film.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is nominated for Capote. He was in the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley. This film also starred Matt Damon, who was in Finding Forester. Sean Connery was the leading actor in this film. He starred along with Michael Caine in The Man Who Would Be King. The same Michael Caine who was Holmes in Without A Clue.

Terrence Howard is nominated for Hustle & Flow. Isaac Hayes is also in this movie. He played the Duke of New York in Escape from New York City. Tom Atkins was a character named Rehme in this film and his next movie role was Craigin in the 1981 TV film, Sherlock Holmes.

Heath Ledger is up for Brokeback Mountain. In the film A Knight's Tale, that also starred Mr. Ledger, James Purefoy portrays Sir Thomas Colville/Edward, the Black Prince of Wales and he was James McCarthy in the Granada series Boscombe Valley Mystery.

Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for his role as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. He was in The Gladiator as was Richard Harris. Harris was in The Molly Maguires. If this wasn't Sherlockian enough, Sean Connery was also in this film and has already been mentioned for his relation to Michael Caine of Without a Clue.

The last nominee for best actor in a starring role is David Strathairn in Good Night, Good Luck. This is a film about Edward R. Morrow whose boss at CBS was William Paley. The role of Paley is played by Frank Langella. This is the same Frank Langella that  played Sherlock Holmes in the 1981 film Sherlock Holmes mentioned above with Tom Atkins.

Moving on the best actresses, the first is Dame Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents. She can be seen as Sally in the classic 1965 film A Study in Terror.

Felicity Hoffman is nominated for Transamerica. Graham Green is in this film and may be better remembered as Kicking Bird in Dances With Wolves. This is one of Kevin Costner's better films, much better than his portrayal of Elliot Ness in the Untouchables Of course this film also starred Sean Connery. Enough said.

Keria Knightly is on the list for Pride & Prejudice. Donald Southerland is Mr. Bennett in this film. He played Robert Lees in the 1979 movie Murder by Decree.

Charlize Theron is much prettier for this year's nomination for her role as Josey Aimes North Country than when she won the Oscar as serial killer Aileen in Monster. She once co-starred with Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate. Al Pacino co-starred in The Godfather with Robert Duvall who was also Dr. Watson in The Seven Per-Cent Solution.

Reese Witherspoon is up for the Oscar for her bringing June Carter Cash to life in Walk the Line.  She was in last year's The Importance of Being Earnest. This movie has several connections to Sherlock Holmes but the shortest is by using her co-star, Charles Kay. He was Professor Presbury in the 1991 Granada adaptation of The Creeping Man.

This years’ nominations for Best Picture is a wide range of films. Three of them, Brokeback Mountain, Capote, and Good Night, Good Luck, have already been associated to the Master so I won't go into them again. The other two are Crash and Munich. Crash is story about several people with different racial backgrounds who collide in a single incident. Another co-star is Don Cheadle. He was also in Colors, the 1988 film that starred Robert Duvall.

The other film is Steven Spielberg's Munich. This is a moving film about the 1972 Olympics. He the executive producer of The Young Sherlock Holmes.

So there is this year's crop of Six-Degrees of Sherlockian Separation from the top nominees of the 78th Annual Academy Awards. I would like to thank my mother, my wife, my children. and oh yes, my agent, old what's his-name. Of course I would like to thank Doubleday for their 2-volume set of The Complete Sherlock Holmes that got me started on the whole Sherlockian thing, and finally, I know, I know time is running out, but please, I want to especially thank IMBD, without their help I couldn't have done it. Thank you. Thank you. Good night.

Happy collecting!!