Sunday, March 12, 2006

Oscar goes back into the closet

Why 'Crash' overtook the 'Mountain'

It's been a week, but the topic is still fodder for the water cooler: How did Crash pull off the upset of the Oscars?

Theories abound about how the film took the best-picture Academy Award, from urban bias to an aggressive marketing campaign. But some observers also question whether voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences weren't ready to embrace Brokeback Mountain, the gay-cowboy film that was expected to take the top prize last Sunday night.

Movie critic Michael Wilmington shares his thoughts in the Chicago Tribune.

Related: Wait, the Oscars really are about artistic purity?

Additional Oscar musings: I'm still trying to figure out how It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp won for Best Song!

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Elizabeth said...

I think I may never watch the Oscars again...I didn't think Crash was realistic or important...Any of the other nominated movies would have been a better pick...

Deb S. said...

Elizabeth: You may never watch the Oscars again?? I think you'll have plenty of company! Thanks for stopping by.