Monday, March 06, 2006

Crash wins Best Picture!!!

So Crash turned out the be the big upset last night. Beyond the fact the Munich was totally snubbed in all the categories it was nominated in I felt that the awards were pretty evenly and fairly distributed. No single film garnered more than three Oscars in total and there were plenty that were honored with individual awards.
Here is a breakdown of the winners by film:

Crash - 3
Brokeback Mountain - 3
Memoirs of a Geisha - 3
King Kong - 3
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit - 1
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe - 1
The Constant Gardener - 1
Walk the Line - 1
Syriana - 1
Capote - 1
March of the Penguins - 1
Hustle & Flow - 1
Tsotsi - 1

Having seen three of the nominees for Best Picture (Crash, Munich, Brokeback Mountain) I'll say that even though I think Munch is the true best picture of 2005 and that it will be the film long remembered out of the bunch, I am pretty content with Crash winning Best Picture. The film has hotly divided critics and I understand some of what its harsher critics are saying but I think the film works overall and I was very moved by it when I watched it. Brokeback Mountain was a good movie and it deserves some of the recognition it has received but I don't think it achieves the level of greatness that many have thrust upon it. Wallace and Gromit picked up the Best Animated Feature award as predicted. Kong fared pretty well last night picking up three awards for its sound and visual effects. The ceremony was pleasant overall and very funny at times courtesy of John Stewart. I hope he returns again next year because he did a fantastic job hosting.

Until next year... Cheers!!
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Annie said...

I loved that Crash won best picture. There have been times in the past when the academy has gotten in wrong. I agree and Munich is my personal best picture of 2005 but I think that like Munich, Crash will be a film that people talk about for years to come and I am happy that it won. I like that the awards were spread out and not one movie swept the night. I think that is kind of how the year was...not one movie stood out above the rest. Instead there were a number of movies that were good or excellent for different reasons. There are times that I am disappointed with the winners but definitely not this year.

As far as Stewart goes I loved him as a host. There were a couple moments were he seemed nervous at the beginning but he did an excellent job. I don't want to name call but there have been years when I have been left wondering why I even watch the Oscars. I hope he returns next year.

Jak said...

Films that stood out in 2005 and got shafted:

Star Wars: Episode III

Batman Begins