Crash vs. BrokebackThis is such old news (it's funny how what happened just a week and a half ago is already considered 'old' news).
I'm referring to the shock/horror/astonishment at Crash taking the Best Picture Oscar at last week's Academy Awards, when Brokeback Mountain had been widely expected to clinch that.
I've watched both films. I liked Crash okay, though I did not think it was as great a movie as it was made out to be. The publicity machine is an incredible thing! The cast appeared on every conceivable program in the States to promote their movie - and promote it they did. Droves of people flocked to see Crash.
I saw Brokeback Mountain recently and really, really liked it. I thought that the two lead characters were portrayed with such sensitivity and rawness. And, no, I don't know any gay cowboys.
Annie E. Proulx, writer of the short story on which the film was based, lets loose her anger over the Oscar upset in this Guardian article. Phew! If it's any comfort, it is common knowledge that the decision of who to give awards to - and this is not just about the Oscars - is frequently motivated by so much more than an excellent performance.