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Catching Up With Najeh: Davenport Preparing For Oscar Night


For running back Najeh Davenport, going to the movies is more than a hobby. It has become a passion and a potential post-football career.

Davenport earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre from the University of Miami (Fla.) He played a nightclub owner involved in an extortion plot in "Full Clip," a DVD released in August of 2004.

Since the season ended, Davenport has written a dramatic screenplay, which he deemed appropriate for an independent film festival. He declined to disclose further details for fear of someone poaching his idea.

Davenport prefers science fiction movies, but he will see just about every movie that comes out on the wide screen.

"You'll find me at the movie theatre at least twice-a-week," he said.

If you're keeping track, he most recently saw "Date Movie," which he deemed "alright" and rates "The Matrix" as his all-time fave.

With the Academy Awards ceremony coming up on Sunday, decided to ask our resident movie expert for his opinion on this year's nominated flicks.

Best Picture Nominees:

Brokeback Mountain



Good Night, and Good Luck


Najeh's choice: "Crash was excellent. A lot of times, people think that the stuff that happenes in movies can only happen in a movie. Nothing ever goes wrong like this in real lif e . Things that do go wrong have this miraculous ending. But Crash showed something that really happened to five or six people and how they were effected by race over a couple days . ... It's not too often you find a 'real' movie."

Best Actor Nominees:

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk The Line

David Strathairn - Good Night, and Good Luck

Najeh's choice: Phoenix

Best Actress Nominees:

Judi Dench - Mrs. Henderson Presents

Felicity Huffman - Transamerica

Keira Knightley - Pride & Prejudice

Charlize Theron - North Country

Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line

Najeh's choice: Witherspoon. "I just like her. From the movies she used to do, I've always liked her."

Best Supporting Actor Nominees:

George Clooney - Syriana

Matt Dillon - Crash

Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man

Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain

William Hurt - A History of Violence

Najeh's choice: Giamatti. "He's a funny dude, but he switched over from comedic relief to something more serious."

Best Supporting Actress Nominees:

Amy Adams - Junebug

Catherine Keener - Capote

Frances McDormand - North Country

Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener

Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain

Najeh's choice: McDormand

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