March 06, 2006

Oscar Notes

I'll have more tomorrow, but a few introductory comments:

- Don't you hate when the Best Picture isn't one of the 50 best movies of the year? It happened this year with "Crash." We knew it would be that or "Brokeback," but the latter was significantly better, so the result is a bit disappointing. I can't wait for the first op-ed blaming Brokeback's loss on homophobia.

- Other than that, no real surprises at all. Unless you count the Will Ferrell/Steve Carell makeup bit. Great stuff.

- Jon Stewart did an above-average job, I thought. His style is much better-suited to awards shows than Chris Rock's, and he's a natural. Loved the opening too, as well as the montages.

- Only two fashion comments: Loved Larry McMurtry's jeans- if you write as many classic Western novels as he has, you can wear what you want. Also, anyone have a good explanation of why Charlize Theron was wearing a bow the size of her head? I kept expecting her to tip over.

- It was apropos that "Crash" director Paul Haggis quoted Bertolt Brecht as saying that "art is not a mirror to hold up to society but a hammer with which to shape it." Because Haggis' film was about as subtle as a hammer blow to the head.

- With Clooney winning and defending the Hollywood elite from the podium, as well as Ludacris presenting, (and two movies he was in winning), it was likely Bill O'Reilly's least favorite Oscars of all time. But at least it gives him material for the entire next week.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 6, 2006 01:02 AM

Crash not top 50? C'mon! You've got Munich way overrated as well. I don't think Munich was top 10.

Posted by: at March 6, 2006 02:38 AM

Regarding your future Oscar comments, I think you should have an in-depth analysis of Three Six Mafia's Oscar win for Best Original Song. :)

Posted by: Jess at March 6, 2006 11:44 AM

Steve -
What's your beef with "Crash"? It certainly wasn't my favorite movie of 2005 (that would be "The Squid and the Whale"), but I would still say it was one of the best films of the year and a worthy pick for Best Picture. If you don't think it was even in the top 50, let's have a list of 50 films from the past year that were better than "Crash."

Posted by: Joe at March 6, 2006 11:42 PM

Crash doesnt seem like an aweful movie. But the older I get and the more I study the media, the more the Oscars is just one big popularity contest. It should not have just about 5 movies.

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