Skip to comments.'Brokeback' backlash against 'Crash'? That's progress (liberals bickering over Oscar)
Posted on 03/12/2006 10:19:32 PM PST by weegee
Fate is indeed fickle. Who would have guessed that in this year's Oscar voting, Brokeback Mountain, a fine, risky movie about a gay love affair, would surge ahead of Capote, a movie about a gay journalist, only to be edged out for the Best Picture Oscar by a fine, risky movie about racism?
Is this a sign of our times, or what? If conservatives needed any evidence that liberal impulses have taken over the Motion Picture Academy, this is it. Right? But, alas, in some folks' minds, every silver lining has its cloud. Instead of celebrating, many fans of Brokeback Mountain are singing the blues, charging that their favorite flick was denied its rightful Oscar by ... guess what?
"I think that's an absolute horror," Brad Bruner, a leader in the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's an outright sign of homophobia in our country. (Crash) won no awards before this. It makes me sick." That's right. "Homophobia." There's just no pleasing some folks. Critic Kenneth Turan expressed similar sentiments in the Los Angeles Times, writing that "Crash provided the perfect safe harbor" for those who were "discomfited" by Brokeback Mountain but wanted to "feel like they were good, productive liberals."
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
Some people place too much importance on the film industry and pop culture in general. Its just the movies. Tell the Brokeback fans to get over it.
A friend forwarded me this email:
BLUSHING with SHAME
Oscar is red-faced at having to go home with this year's winners. The best film is "Trash," and pretty much so is every other Academy-Award winner from Sunday night's decollate-studded event. A song glorifying pimps, a veritable panoply of films praising sodomy in one way or another, and hours of tiresome, uninspired acceptance speeches.
All this glamour was interspersed with self-aggrandizing interludes about how it's heroic and brave to make movies (geez, as if these over-dressed, gushing stars were soldiers in the trenches), how the actors and crews are incredibly dedicated (yeah, like they're not getting paid a gajillion bucks), and how meaningful all these ego-driven and politicized films are to art, art, ART!
It seems the only creativity left in Hollywood is coming up with more ways to be perverse and amoral, and not even try to be subtle about it. Not only trash, but crass trash.
But there was a ray of light. As one award-winner humbly suggested, let's not forget about the wonderful world of books. Those were the best words spoken all night. If we replaced fifty percent of movie theatres with bookstores, we would all be better off, less jaded, possibly thinner, and probably happier too.
as far as my money went, all three lost out.
I think I might not see any of this year's best picture nominees ever!
Calling Jesse Jackson! How about blacks can't be racist?
I don't bother going to movies. When I saw clips of Crash and Haggis on the Charlie Rose Show, I thought it had a good chance to beat Brokeback for best movie. Brokeback had the most pretentious advertising campaign that I have ever witnessed.
What's an Oscar?
What's a movie theater?
I peeked at the Oscars that night....(PIP)...and overheard "them" bashing DVDs.....
You know if that's all some people have to write, fuss over and obsess (notice I didn't say 'think about') about, then they must have a pretty stress-free life. Wussies!
I don't know about everyone else, but I've heard just about enough concerning "Butt Crack Mountain".
Can't we just hate homosexuality without always being inferred that we are scared of it? What's with the phobia bit?
Not sure why people call it Brokeback Mountain.
From everything I've read, the name is:
*prolonged eye roll*
"Crash" seemed to me like a rip-off of a far better movie: "Short Cuts" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108122/).
'Crash' is excellent. Not "in your face" at all.
I believe you are asking for too much , they (liberals) haven't gotten over the 2004 elections yet.
...or Pokeback Mountain.
Im gonna make a movie about a man and his love for a human cadaver, and the misunderstanding their love faces in this discriminative world.
Then im gonna campaing for men/woman - human cadaver marriages to be legallized and the right for men/women and their cadaver lovers to adopt children. And ofcourse, the issue of allowing cadavers in the military! Such a discriminative organization.
I can't believe they still hold the Oscar ceremony, let alone televise them. They're even dumber than beauty pageants and Rose Bowl parades.
I think a movie about Walter Duranty, the New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning apologist for the 1930s Soviet Union, would be a great topic for a movie. (He Lied, Millions Died as a working title).
Yeah, like Clarence Page. He should be embarassed to have written this:
...it says something quite positive about the progress of this country's common culture that a movie as edgy about race and ethnicity as Crash would be viewed as a "safe" choice.
The hogswill produced by Hollywood says NOTHING about "this country's common culture". "Common" implies those things we agree on. Well, I can say there may be something I agree with Hollywood on...but I've yet to hear or see it.
Of course, in Clarence Page's world, if Dems and the MSM and the NAACP and Hollywood all say the same thing,---Voila!---common culture! Talk about living in a make-believe world!
2004? Many of them are still dwelling on 2000.
All of Hollyweird.
The retards singing about pimps on prime time Oscar night tops it off. Perfect theme for Hollyweird itself.
Don't miss George Clooney's rant on the Huff Post this morning:
Since when do 'scared of' and 'totally detest' rate the same meaning?(Homophobe?)
A bunch of political and juvenile name calling is all that is "what are you afraid of..." and "you are bad because you are intolerant...". The left doesn't evidence any tolerance for other perspectives, political correctness is despotism, make dissent from the liberal agenda illegal by thoughtcrime.
I could see the Oscar broadcast losing enough audience to move to cable (say maybe "Bravo") in the next 5 years.
Good article. Thanks for posting.
Living in the same bubble that had film critics bemoaning "I don't know how Nixon won, I don't know anyone who voted for him".
"Crash" shows quite well just how much black racism exists - a sort of tribal racism by every race against every other race, in fact. I'm kind of surprised it won, since at least part of the film's message has to be making Jackson and Sharpton choke on their foie gras. ;)
An O-scar is the ring-shaped welt left after the surgeon makes a circular incision in your skin.
What's a movie theater?
A travelling troupe.
What was the theme song of Brokeback Mountain? "Looking for Love in all the wrong places"...
Jeff Foxworth spoke of these very wealthy hollyweirdo actors saying they were mostly a very miserable group of humans.
I think you've misunderstood the use of "common" in that statement. The way I see it, its just another snooty liberal looking down their nose at what they regard as the great unwashed masses and how that movie represents/reports such an improvement in the culture of the great unwashed masses.