Wednesday, March 08, 2006
I agree wholeheartedly with The Pot, regarding Brokeback Crybabies. There are snubs and upsets every year. And thank god there was at least one surprise this Oscar. If anything, Crash's victory could be a good thing, because for the past 10 years, the Oscars have been so boringly predictable that you didn't even have to watch in order to know who won. What it comes down to is that only 5 movies can be nominated and only one can win. Yes, Brokeback was winning everything in sight, and it seemed like a shoo-in. A big DVD endorsement from Crash just might have done it. Or gasp! A select group of people, who get things wrong all the time anyway, did not think Brokeback Mountain was the most amazing movie ever made ever.
Recent Oscar upsets include: Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan, Adrien Brody over anyone else, Marisa Tomei over anyone else, Cher (Moonstruck) over Holly Hunter (Broadcast News), Jodie Foster (The Accused) over anyone else, Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) over Lauren Bacall (The Mirror Has Two Faces). So it does happen.
And if anyone really believes the Academy of Motion Pictures is homophobic, that is laughable. The Academy is the most gay friendly place after the "I'm Gay" boutiques in Chelsea. William Hurt (The Kiss of the Spider Woman), Tom Hanks (Philadelphia), Philip Seymour Hoffmann (Capote), Charlize Theron (Monster), Nikki Kidman (The Hours), and Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry) all played gay; all won. Not to mention countless other nominees, who beat out straight characters just to get the nomination: Heath and Jake, Julianne Moore (The Hours), Cher (Silkwood), Kathy Bates (Primary Colors), Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich...bisexual?), Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon), Jaye Davidson (The Crying Game).
Anyway, enough of the Oscars for me. It was kinda boring. Jon Stewart was good. It went by quickly. Lauren Bacall made me sad. Her tribute to black and white made me annoyed. My fave moment was probably when Jennifer Garner stumbled and kiddingly and perfectly said, "I do my own stunts!"
Salma Hayek and Keira Knightley were too pretty for words.