Film and TV

Crash Wins Best Picture


About 1,000 of you checked in to the site in the moments after last night's announcement. Reaction? My boyfriend happened to catch me with his cameraphone at that moment. I think the photo pretty much speaks for itself.

Brokeback_wake_1UPDATE: A few more reactions...

Critic Tom Shales: "Film buffs and the politically minded will be arguing this morning about whether the Best Picture Oscar to 'Crash' was really for the film's merit or just a cop-out by the Motion Picture Academy so it wouldn't have to give the prize to 'Brokeback Mountain."'

Larry McMurtry: "Perhaps the truth really is, Americans don't want cowboys to be gay."

L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan: "Despite all the magazine covers it graced, despite all the red-state theaters it made good money in, despite (or maybe because of) all the jokes late-night talk show hosts made about it, you could not take the pulse of the industry without realizing that 'Brokeback Mountain' made a number of people distinctly uncomfortable. So for people who were discomfited by 'Brokeback Mountain' but wanted to be able to look themselves in the mirror and feel like they were good, productive liberals, 'Crash' provided the perfect safe harbor."

Ang Lee: "I'm so proud of the movie. Why they didn't go for it, I don't know. You're asking a question that I don't know the answer. … Congratulations to the `Crash' filmmakers."

Kenneth Hill: A gay old time at the Oscars...

Brokeback Oscar clippings and related highlights...

There were so many montages during last night's Academy Awards show, we thought there might be an award being given for best montage. Here are a couple.

Oscar's Opening Montage and the Gay Cowboy Montage.
(via celebrity hijinx)

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  1. I was furious. I am biased but Crash was not better. Best Director for Ang but not best film? Pah!

    Posted by: Rob (lrdarystar) | Mar 6, 2006 12:11:59 AM

  2. Gotta be happy for Crash. All movies derserved it. So it was just a toss up.

    Posted by: Pat | Mar 6, 2006 12:12:53 AM

  3. the academy still has an elderly conservative membership. it rarely gives best picture to anything even close to that year's best work.

    Posted by: Alex Gildzen | Mar 6, 2006 12:16:11 AM

  4. I agree, Pat. And I am not surprised that Crash won. Lots of build-up in the past week.

    Posted by: Lady Heather | Mar 6, 2006 12:16:36 AM

  5. My only piss-off was that it did not win for best cinematography. But I am a biased Albertan.

    Oh, and that horrible song for best song? Ugh. I actually enjoyed Dolly's performance.

    Posted by: Lady Heather | Mar 6, 2006 12:18:05 AM

  6. I couldn't believe Brokeback Mountain didn't win. I agree with Alex that maybe the film didn't get the conservative vote. Crash is a good movie but it doesn't hold up to BBM's vision and beauty.

    Posted by: Linda | Mar 6, 2006 12:20:26 AM

  7. im upset...but wasn't it tony curtis who said a few weeks back that john wayne would be in his grave if he saw "brokeback?" i think that about sums up the reasons "crash" won. homophobia is alive and well, even in "liberal" hollywood.

    Posted by: cafegogo | Mar 6, 2006 12:21:04 AM

  8. er, make that john wave turning over in his his grave. :)

    Posted by: cafegogo | Mar 6, 2006 12:22:05 AM

  9. You look cute Andy!

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 6, 2006 12:22:16 AM

  10. They didn't want to give it to a movie that showed Gay Men as normal human beings. They like to reinforce stereotypes. (Hoffman played Capote as an evil, conniving, asexual freak who would not even kiss his life partner.) It is homophobia at is worst.

    And Crash was not even a good movie.

    Posted by: Maxstar | Mar 6, 2006 12:24:21 AM

  11. Crash and burn.

    Posted by: max | Mar 6, 2006 12:26:11 AM

  12. Crash totally gatecrashed the Oscars. Ryan Phillipe was so smug when it won, dude, it's your woman who won an actual award, go outside and have a drink with Scott Wolf. I wish Heath Ledger would of punched him. And Jake, cmon dude, you had the perfect seat to push out your leg and make Paul 'crash' Haggis trip over impaling him on his unworthy oscar.

    I think people should replace the 'c' in crash with a 't'.

    Posted by: alex Goddard | Mar 6, 2006 12:27:09 AM

  13. Cafegogo, you took the words right out of my mouth.

    Lady Heather, I concur, WTF with the song from Hustle & Flow? At the very least "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" should have been nominated. Fucked up.

    Posted by: Tread | Mar 6, 2006 12:27:38 AM

  14. Get down off the cross folks, somebody needs the wood!

    Stop playing the "discrimination" card. Crash was a damn good movie. I liked Brokeback more... I was pulling for it. But from a strictly structural and cinematic perspective, Crash was a more nuanced and well-balanced script. Yes, Brokeback was "better" in my opinion, but mainly because I was emotionally invested in it in a way that I wasn't with Crash. But to say that they didn't vote for it just because of gay bias is idiotic and histrionic... not everything is about all that. If they were really that homophobic they wouldn't have nominated the thing in the first place and certainly not given it three very prestigious awards.

    Posted by: Tom | Mar 6, 2006 12:29:48 AM

  15. And P.S. I couldn't agree more about that god-awful pimp song. It was horrible horrible horrible and Dolly or that other chick should have walked away with that Oscar easily!

    Posted by: Tom | Mar 6, 2006 12:33:08 AM

  16. I feel your pain brother.

    This is like the 2004 election all over again. If I didn't know better I'd think Karl Rove was behind this.


    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Mar 6, 2006 12:33:21 AM

  17. I honestly didn't think BROKEBACK deserved the win, preferring the excellent GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, but CRASH winning is just awful. It's a bloated, meandering, criminally obvious piece of self-important drivel that happens to have some decent acting and one of the worst screenplays I've ever seen nominated for an Oscar. Bah.

    Me, I'd vote for things because of their merit.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 6, 2006 12:34:08 AM

  18. Larry McM, co-author of the winning screenplay said in the press room after (remember, his films have been nominted for 31 oscars and won 4) that the Academy has a "clear bias" in favor of urban films over rural ones.

    BBM spoke to something in all the readers here, many of whom in fact may well be urban, buy found our lives painted wide on that vast rural canvas.

    Crash is what I call a "vegatable movie" meaning it's good for you, but you would not choose to see it. "Let's rent Crash tonight honey...oh wait, I need to do our taxes"

    I expected Director and Screenplay, had hoped for BS Actor, and score came as a huge surprise.

    My take on it would be that this just proved that hollywood likes its gay men femmy non-threatening, rather than butch and real. For all it's supposed liberal bias, its still a town that lives in fear and runs on money.

    And did *anyone* think Jon Stewart was funny?

    The only thing i can say for the show this year was it ran on time.

    Posted by: Buzz | Mar 6, 2006 12:34:32 AM

  19. Was anyone emotionally invested in Crash?? I don't remember anyone talking about it whatsoever. Crash got some terrible fucking reviews! BBM won nearly every American critic award from L.A to New York!!! This is an absolute fucking outrage.

    Posted by: Lorenzo | Mar 6, 2006 12:35:07 AM

  20. no one is "on the cross," tom. strictly from a filmmaking point of view, "crash" was well-meaning but didactic - not to mention a kind of fantasy-land portrayal about how people in los angeles actually interact with each other. it's the sort of film that limo-liberals can feel good about, because it addresses issues that are "controversial," yet offers no conclusive point of view. it just sets up conflict, lets it simmer - and that's it.

    "brokeback," on the other hand, delved right into its material without apology and offered a nuanced, layered scenario - and here's the kicker - had a definite point of view, whether you agreed with it or not.

    Posted by: cafegogo | Mar 6, 2006 12:36:11 AM

  21. Tom, your post is absolute bullshit.

    Crash was a superficial look at racism with forced "resolutions". I don't think it deserved to be nominated. It was a good movie, but nothing that was extremely groundbreaking.

    If you don't think Hollywood is homophobic then maybe you would care to explain why there are no openly gay large-name actors. Why is it that actors only come out once they are out of the limelight?

    Posted by: Tread | Mar 6, 2006 12:36:19 AM

  22. Maybe the Academy just thought Crash was better?

    Posted by: Queer Conservative | Mar 6, 2006 12:37:17 AM

  23. blah (to the results, not andy's pic)...the movie should easily have taken cinematography and jake quite rightly deserved a statue. oh well, at least this movie exposed whole communities of americans to a realistic, wholehearted dose of what it's like to be gay and human at the same time...imagine that.

    Posted by: CriticalRN | Mar 6, 2006 12:39:47 AM

  24. When a few years have passed there will be one movie remembered out of this lot, and we all know which one it will be. The rest, irrespective of who won what award, Oscar or otherwise, will fade from memory.

    Posted by: dave | Mar 6, 2006 12:40:16 AM

  25. Well said Paul. If Brokeback Mountain didn't win, I was pulling for Good Night, and Good Luck. George Clooney did an excellent job at directing and the acting was wonderful.

    Posted by: Linda | Mar 6, 2006 12:41:14 AM

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