I put off seeing Brokeback Mountain partially because I had so many other movies I wanted to see, and partially because I honestly wasn’t sure I wanted to see it. I would probably catch it on DVD sometime anyway.
Then an opening appeared in my busy movie schedule, and all the talk about this movie made me decide to go ahead and check it out.
Brokeback was a surprisingly engrossing movie for which I have nothing but praise. But I think it was wrong for so many people to assume it would win Best Picture this year.
Many people including myself were shocked when it didn’t win. I wasn’t disappointed, however. It was up against four other excellent films, none of which were typical Hollywood blockbuster fare.
This is the first year I believe I’ve seen all the Best Picture nominees before the Oscars. (I don’t rely on awards shows to tell me what movies are good, mind you, but sometimes the buzz they generate gets my attention.)
Some otherwise rational critics have been crying “Hollywood homophobia!” about Brokeback’s defeat. Crash, the winning film, was about tolerance of the racial variety. Why shouldn't that movie have won?
I get the impression some people wanted the Academy to make a statement by picking Brokeback Mountain instead of picking the best candidate in the category. Halle Berry and Denzel Washington are fine actors, but I thought the year they both won awards the Academy was doing just that. I could be wrong.
Brokeback lost, and everyone will just have to quit their bitching. But it’s still an admirable achievement for all involved.
Between us, though, I was rooting for Capote.