THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE: Crash scoring a surprise upset in the Best Picture category at the 78th Annual Academy Awards, beating out frontrunner Brokeback Mountain for the win.
BEST OF THE THESPS: Reese Witherspoon winning Best Actress for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line and Philip Seymour Hoffman winning Best Actor for his turn as Truman Capote in Capote.
EXTRA SUPPORT: George Clooney winning Best Supporting Actor for Syriana and Rachel Weisz winning Best Supporting Actress for The Constant Gardener.
AT THE HELM: Ang Lee winning Best Director for Brokeback Mountain. In total, the gay cowboy film picked up three of the eight Oscars for which it was nominated.
MORE TRIPLE PLAYS: The visually lush Memoirs of a Geisha winning Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. King Kong winning Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
ABOUT TIME: Robert Altman receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his lengthy career in film, which has earned him five Oscar nominations for Best Director.
BIG RATINGS: The Academy Awards drawing an average of 38.8 million viewers to its three and a half hour telecast and inspiring 76.6 million U.S. viewers to tune in for at least six minutes of the awards ceremony, according to Nielsen overnight ratings.
COMING UP ROSES: Axl Rose responding to a lawsuit filed by his former bandmate Slash with a counterclaim of his own, asking a federal judge to confirm his "ownership of his own creative works."
LONG STRANGE TRIP: GoldenPalace.com buying four toilets that once belonged to Jerry Garcia on eBay for a little more than $5,000.
MURDER RAP: An Indiana woman charged in the death of former Jackson Five drummer Johnny Jackson, after she told police she stabbed him with a steak knife during a fight.
PAY UP: A federal judge ordering Rod Stewart to pay a Las Vegas casino more than $3 million for a canceled concert in December 2000.
NO ANSWERS: An official inquiry into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed and their chauffeur in a high-speed car chase in 1997 finding no evidence of foul play, Britain's Daily Mail reported Monday.
ANOTHER PROJECT: Bravo, Miramax and the Weinstein Company announcing plans to bring Project Runway back for a third season.
REUPPED: CBS renewing freshman series Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and How I Met Your Mother for a second season, the network announced Monday.
LAST CHANCE: Brad Renfro found eligible for a drug diversion program that will allow him to avoid jail time for attempted possession of heroin if he completes the requirements.
HOME ALONE: Macaulay Culkin telling Time magazine he's not sure where he fits into the acting world, if at all, and has considered a career in sports management.
THAT'S THE SPIRIT: Brokeback Mountain winning Best Picture at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday and Ang Lee winning Best Director. Philip Seymour Hoffman winning Best Actor and Felicity Huffman winning Best Actress.
SINGLED OUT: Jenny McCarthy winning a total of three Razzie Awards Saturday, including Worst Actress and Worst Picture for the comedy Dirty Love. Tom Cruise named Most Tiresome Tabloid Target.
MADEA ENCORE: Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion finished atop the box office for the second weekend in a row, grossing an estimated $13 million. Newcomer 16 Blocks, starring Bruce Willis and Mos Def, finished in second place with $11.7 million.