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Oscars Bank on 'Brokeback' to Grab Viewers (Delusional Alert)
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Posted on 03/05/2006 12:00:21 PM PST by doesnt suffer fools gladly

Oscars Bank on 'Brokeback' to Grab Viewers

By DAVID GERMAIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The year of the small movie could mean small ratings for the Academy Awards, whose organizers hoped a new host and the cultural buzz over front-runner "Brokeback Mountain" would beef up viewership for Sunday's show.

The Oscars generally lure their biggest audiences in years when blockbusters such as "Titanic" or "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" are favored to win.

This year's best-picture lineup has been heralded as an artistic triumph of daring, character-driven stories, yet none of the contenders had the box-office clout to ensure viewers would tune in.

"Brokeback Mountain," though, has become a phenomenon far beyond those who have actually seen it, entering the pop-culture psyche with its tale of cowboys in love (best-actor nominee Heath Ledger and supporting-actor contender Jake Gyllenhaal).

Whether that will boost ratings is uncertain. ABC, which airs the show, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences assembled an A-list collection of Oscar presenters to help offset a relatively unknown cast of nominees that includes David Strathairn for "Good Night, and Good Luck," Terrence Howard for "Hustle & Flow" and Amy Adams for "Junebug."

The ceremony also had its second first-time host in as many years, Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" taking over from Chris Rock, emcee of last year's Oscars.

"Brokeback Mountain" won top prizes at earlier Hollywood honors including the Golden Globes and was expected to earn best picture at the Oscars and the directing trophy for Ang Lee, who would be the first Asian filmmaker to receive that award.

Yet the ensemble drama "Crash," featuring a huge cast of characters in multiple story lines playing out over a chaotic 36-hour period, was a strong dark-horse contender to pull a best-picture upset.

The other best-picture nominees were the Truman Capote saga "Capote," the Edward R. Murrow tale "Good Night, and Good Luck" and the assassination thriller "Munich."

Acting categories had clear front-runners, as well, with Philip Seymour Hoffman expected to win best actor for the title role in "Capote" and Reese Witherspoon the best-actress favorite for her role as country singer June Carter in "Walk the Line."

But with powerhouse performances across the board, underdog winners were possible in any of the acting categories.

The best-actor lineup was especially strong. Along with Hoffman and Ledger, the nominees were Strathairn as newsman Murrow in "Good Night," Howard as a pimp-turned-rapper in "Hustle & Flow" and Joaquin Phoenix as country legend Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line."

For best actress, Witherspoon faced strong competition from Felicity Huffman in a gender-bending role as a man preparing for sex-change surgery in "Transamerica."

George Clooney was one of the night's big stars, making Oscar history as the first person nominated for directing one movie ("Good Night, and Good Luck") and earning an acting nomination for another (supporting actor for the oil-industry thriller "Syriana"). Clooney also had a screenplay nomination for co-writing "Good Night, and Good Luck."


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1 posted on 03/05/2006 12:00:23 PM PST by doesnt suffer fools gladly
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

They'll forgive me if I don't tune in, right?


2 posted on 03/05/2006 12:02:06 PM PST by newzjunkey (All I need is a safe home and peace of mind. Why am I still in CA?)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Grab em from behind.


3 posted on 03/05/2006 12:02:28 PM PST by newconhere
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Let me get this straight. They contend that its not grossing well, and yet they think it'll draw viewers?


4 posted on 03/05/2006 12:02:57 PM PST by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Our house remains an Oscar free zone. Last watched in the early 70's.


5 posted on 03/05/2006 12:04:03 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Crazieman

Actually,it sets a new standard for gross.


6 posted on 03/05/2006 12:05:11 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: Crazieman

"Let me get this straight."

You already started out this sentence wrong.


7 posted on 03/05/2006 12:06:25 PM PST by varg
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Lowest Ratings Ever !!!


8 posted on 03/05/2006 12:06:51 PM PST by cmsgop ( I love Scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Sorry. Tonite is the nite I hit myself on the head with a hammer for 2 hours.


9 posted on 03/05/2006 12:07:10 PM PST by jwh_Denver (Take back America!)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

"Walk the Line" was not nominated for best picture.
All the left weenie films were.

Did'nt see any of them .

Don't care.


10 posted on 03/05/2006 12:08:10 PM PST by ChiMark
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

What's an "oscar"?


11 posted on 03/05/2006 12:08:33 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Should have all the entertainment value of the Nuremburg rallies.


12 posted on 03/05/2006 12:08:39 PM PST by william clark
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
What's an "oscar"?

Tony's boyfriend.

13 posted on 03/05/2006 12:09:12 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

WTF cares about the oscars?

Anyone who wastes time watching this idiotic display of hollyweird self aggrandizement is a bloody fool of the lowest order. Better to watch paint dry...certainly more useful.


14 posted on 03/05/2006 12:09:38 PM PST by fizziwig (Democrats: so far off the path, so incredibly vicious, so sadly pathetic.)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
Is Brokeback Mountain as good as Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, A Man for All Seasons, Patton, the Godfather, or Braveheart?

What's wrong with these people???

15 posted on 03/05/2006 12:10:27 PM PST by Jim Noble (And you know what I'm talkin' 'bout!)
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To: jwh_Denver

et tu brute?


16 posted on 03/05/2006 12:11:02 PM PST by Dallas59 ((“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party))
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To: jwh_Denver
Sorry. Tonite is the nite I hit myself on the head with a hammer for 2 hours.

So that means you will be watching the Oscar Meyers?

17 posted on 03/05/2006 12:11:37 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
Movies no one saw, stars no one heard of and a host people can't relate to. Yep, its going to be a blockbusters Oscars' evening! (laughing)

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

18 posted on 03/05/2006 12:11:48 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jim Noble

Is "Lara Croft, Tomb Raider" nominated for anything? :)


19 posted on 03/05/2006 12:12:38 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Oscars might turn out to be a Queer event..


20 posted on 03/05/2006 12:12:47 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: jwh_Denver

No no no.

That time can be much better spent re-arranging sock drawers!!!

:-)


21 posted on 03/05/2006 12:13:32 PM PST by Emmet Fitzhume (Muslims need adult supervision at all times.)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

I haven't watched the Oscars in years and will continue my tradition. They suck.


22 posted on 03/05/2006 12:13:33 PM PST by freekitty
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To: hosepipe

Oscar looks a bit light in the loafers, actually.


23 posted on 03/05/2006 12:13:39 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
Look at the total gro$$ below on Narnia.

The Top Movies, Weekend of February 24, 2006

    Movie Distributor Genre Gross Change Thtrs. Per Thtr. Total Gross Days
1 (new) Madea's Family Reunion Lionsgate Comedy $30,030,661   2,194 $13,688 $30,030,661 3
2 (1) Eight Below Buena Vista Action/Adventure $15,872,840 -21.38% 3,072 $5,167 $45,206,288 10
3 (3) The Pink Panther MGM/UA Comedy $11,101,845 -33.55% 3,313 $3,351 $60,847,581 17
4 (2) Date Movie 20th Century Fox Comedy $9,125,555 -52.16% 2,898 $3,149 $33,812,965 10
5 (4) Curious George Universal Comedy $7,213,870 -38.70% 2,609 $2,765 $43,347,785 17
6 (6) Firewall Warner Bros. Action/Adventure $6,682,212 -25.19% 2,740 $2,439 $37,295,572 17
7 (5) Final Destination 3 New Line Horror $5,495,785 -45.36% 2,726 $2,016 $44,944,694 17
8 (new) Doogal Weinstein Co. Animated $3,605,899   2,318 $1,556 $3,605,899 3
9 (new) Running Scared New Line Action/Adventure $3,381,974   1,611 $2,099 $3,381,974 3
10 (7) Freedomland Paramount Pictures Drama $2,872,215 -50.76% 2,361 $1,217 $10,750,360 10
11 (8) When a Stranger Calls Sony Pictures Horror $2,512,662 -49.85% 2,060 $1,220 $45,470,021 24
12 (9) Big Momma's House 2 20th Century Fox Comedy $2,438,478 -47.02% 1,535 $1,589 $65,717,851 31
13 (10) Nanny McPhee Universal Comedy $2,402,230 -36.14% 1,906 $1,260 $42,635,150 31
14 (11) Brokeback Mountain Focus Features Drama $2,293,859 -28.11% 1,359 $1,688 $75,383,067 80
15 (18) Capote Sony Pictures Classics Drama $1,066,844 -6.99% 475 $2,246 $23,441,493 150
16 (40) The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Sony Pictures Classics Drama $1,051,957 +449.90% 347 $3,032 $1,880,863 75
17 (19) Mrs. Henderson Presents Weinstein Co. Comedy $1,001,298 +8.14% 504 $1,987 $7,140,655 80
18 (15) Match Point Dreamworks SKG Thriller $914,918 -26.16% 443 $2,065 $21,556,458 61
19 (24) Transamerica Weinstein Co. Drama $851,128 +40.58% 317 $2,685 $4,816,005 87
20 (12) Walk the Line 20th Century Fox Drama $725,765 -52.92% 492 $1,475 $117,478,650 101
21 (13) Underworld: Evolution Sony Pictures Action/Adventure $713,787 -52.46% 517 $1,381 $61,425,277 38
22 (14) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Buena Vista Adventure $711,645 -46.37% 589 $1,208 $288,193,914 80
23 (20) Good Night and Good Luck Warner Independent Pictures Drama $652,020 -11.82% 272 $2,397 $30,323,531 143
24 (22) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. Adventure $515,104 -21.01% 422 $1,221 $288,733,970 101
25 (21) Munich Universal Drama $502,355 -24.68% 325 $1,546 $46,079,435 66
From: http://www.the-numbers.com/charts/thisweek.html

24 posted on 03/05/2006 12:13:51 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Jim Noble
Is Brokeback Mountain as good as Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, A Man for All Seasons, Patton, the Godfather, or Braveheart?

Of course not ... but this is a way for Hollywood to stick a finger in the eye of middle America.

25 posted on 03/05/2006 12:15:07 PM PST by glennaro
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To: Wuli
The much hyped Hollywood nominees are not even in the money-making Top 10. Who is Hollywood trying to kid?

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

26 posted on 03/05/2006 12:15:42 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

I didn't realize this until now, three of the best picture noms are to movies based (however loosely, and I really hav no clue about how much that might be) on real life events. Is that unusual?


27 posted on 03/05/2006 12:16:26 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Fortunately for ABC, there is no strong competition on TV tonight.


28 posted on 03/05/2006 12:17:16 PM PST by JoeGar
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
re: entering the pop-culture psyche )))

Well, duh--it's become a joke and a new euphemism for homosexuals...who didn't need any more euphemisms.

29 posted on 03/05/2006 12:17:18 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
I always watch the Oscars, even in the worst years. Not this year. It's not just Brokeback Mountain, it's the combined political and social message that the nominated films send this year, and the message is: WE'LL show YOU who runs the culture.

I'd watch a test pattern before I watch the Oscars this year.

30 posted on 03/05/2006 12:17:29 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Osama... made the mistake of confusing media conventional wisdom with reality" (Mark Steyn))
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
Academy Awards = Celebrate Perversity
31 posted on 03/05/2006 12:18:39 PM PST by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity', nor am I a *person* as created by law.)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

They ain't grabbin' me.


32 posted on 03/05/2006 12:19:11 PM PST by Supernatural (Lay me doon in the caul caul groon, whaur afore monie mair huv gaun)
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To: freekitty
Oops, poor choice of words......
33 posted on 03/05/2006 12:20:17 PM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
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To: Jim Noble
What's wrong with these people???

Did you want a list, or was that a rhetorical question?

:-)

34 posted on 03/05/2006 12:20:40 PM PST by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity', nor am I a *person* as created by law.)
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To: Wuli

Interesting. The top three gross films are:

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2. The Chronicles of Narnia...
3. Walk the Line.

And then #4 trailing the pack is...

Brokeback Mountain


35 posted on 03/05/2006 12:20:58 PM PST by baltoga
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To: CommandoFrank; freekitty
They suck.

Oops, poor choice of words...

36 posted on 03/05/2006 12:21:27 PM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

So let me get this straight (no pun intended).

The media overhypes a movie as groundbreaking and courageous (when in reality it is hardly groundbreaking or courageous), and no one sees the movie....

So now they're banking on the American public wanting to see the movie because its going to be showcased on an awards show that no one will watch??


37 posted on 03/05/2006 12:21:41 PM PST by BaBaStooey (Ethiopia: The New Happiest Place on Earth.)
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To: Wuli

Transamerica only made $4 million? That's funny.


38 posted on 03/05/2006 12:22:19 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Supernatural

Mmmmm - gee, I think I'll pass on this magical nite celebrating films about sodomy and gender-bending.

Have they have lost their minds out there?


39 posted on 03/05/2006 12:23:48 PM PST by GAD
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To: denydenydeny

I agree; even if we watch just 'to see' they will think we're supporting them.

Not tonight; not here. First time ever.


40 posted on 03/05/2006 12:24:17 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

And they wonder why box office receipts are plummeting.


41 posted on 03/05/2006 12:24:50 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: denydenydeny

I've watched before too.....but usually to mock. What other profession is celebrated & awarded as much? I enjoy watching great films....I even enjoy a lot of bad movies like low budget horror flicks.....but who wins what award means nothing to me.


42 posted on 03/05/2006 12:24:57 PM PST by Feiny ( "Why don't we go up to the old people's home and wax the steps? " ~ Barney Fife)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

When the Oscars even consider a film or story such as Brokeback Mtn, echoed with Capote, they have successfully managed to insure a large segment of the viewing audience will never return to even tolerating the Oscars being reported, let alone shown on their television sets by simply switching to any other channel.


43 posted on 03/05/2006 12:25:06 PM PST by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: Howlin

Me neither, I've got a quadruple coronary bypass, triple root canal and a hemorrhoidectomy scheduled instead, I'll be having too much fun to tune into the Acadamy BUTT Awards


44 posted on 03/05/2006 12:27:32 PM PST by GRRRRR (ACLU, Hitliary and DemonRats are the Enemies of AMERICA and FREEDOM)
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To: goldstategop

That the top $$$ films do not necessarily get the top Oscars is not new. Frankly, in some years, that has been a good thing.


45 posted on 03/05/2006 12:28:13 PM PST by Wuli
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To: baltoga
No its #11. Note "Crash" is not on the list. "Capote" and "Good Night and Good Luck" haven't exactly wowed audiences. Its a year of slim pickin's for Hollywood.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

46 posted on 03/05/2006 12:28:50 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
I'll go to my DVD library tonight opposite the Oscars. what should it be? The Passion? Ben Hur? Ten Commandments?
47 posted on 03/05/2006 12:28:58 PM PST by Overtaxed
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To: GAD

The thing we have to do is to boycott Hollywood movies. ALL OF THEM! Kids, adults, the whole bunch need to just stay home. "Just say no" to Hollywood. Send them a message that we, the public, the vast majority of the public, don't like the movies they are making. Until they quit making movies celebrating the homosexual lifestyle, nobody go to the movies.

They would get the point then.


48 posted on 03/05/2006 12:29:11 PM PST by Supernatural (Lay me doon in the caul caul groon, whaur afore monie mair huv gaun)
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To: Crazieman
Let me get this straight. They contend that its not grossing well, and yet they think it'll draw viewers?

That's a funny sentence.

49 posted on 03/05/2006 12:29:46 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Jack Bauer: "By the time I'm finished with you you're going to wish you felt this good again".)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

"Crash" was the only one of the nominated movies that I saw. It utterly sucked. It was incomprehensible.

"Cinderella Man" was an excellent movie, but got shut out of all the major nominations. I think it got nominated for supporting actor and makeup.


50 posted on 03/05/2006 12:31:11 PM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 29-34)
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