Cue the music

First I want to say I really wish the Oscars were on Saturday night so I could have a big hoopla every year. I’d have everyone dress up, have champagne, finger foods and ballots. One year with my buddy (we call her Susussudio) we voted on who would win and watched all the way though.

I don’t watch the Oscars every year anymore but this year I did mainly because of Brokeback Mountain and John Stewart. I was also excited due to my obvious fondness for Jake Gyllenhaal and the fact I just feel so much pride seeing him at the Oscars. I’ve loved him as an actor since October Skye and of course Donnie Darko. While he didn’t win this year, I honestly didn’t think he would, I’m positive there is an Oscar waiting for him in the future. I can’t wait to see all the amazing films he’ll do for years to come.

I must admit though I’ve lost my Oscar touch and was wrong on almost every award. I really thought Catherine Keener had it in the bag but instead Rachel Weiss nabbed it, although I haven’t seen either so that’s my own fault. I thought Best Supporting Actor would go to Paul Giamatti for Cinderella Man but instead good ol George Clooney. Actually that might make more sense considering I think this is Clooney’s third nomination. How can you not love George?

I am thrilled that Ang Lee won for best director, that Reese Witherspoon got best actress and that Phillip Seymore Hoffman got best actor but in the end I’m sorely disappointed with the academy. I am disappointed because Brokeback Mountain should have won best picture. In fact, to be honest when Jack Nicholson read Crash as the winner I thought he was joking, I really did. Then everyone started cheering and I was like “that can’t be!” I realize it’s only an awards show but this film above any other deserved the Oscar and everyone knows it. In fact I didn’t even really think Crash was Oscar worthy. If any of the other films nominated won I could have accepted it but not Crash. Crash was a good movie but it in no way compared to Brokeback Mountain.

The academy needs to get some balls, unless Kevin Spacey is nominated next year I probably won’t be watching.


  1. JuCa

    March 6, 2006 at 8:53 am

    I share you exact same sentiments about Crash! Not saying Brokeback Mountain should’ve won (not released in South Africa yet) but it seems like the Academy tried to patch the movie up by giving it director, score and screenplay awards and stealing its best picture award. That is just my view of course :p

  2. Robin

    March 6, 2006 at 8:56 am

    Well put JuCa well put.

  3. Byron

    March 6, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    After watching more films that don’t make it to the Oscars because they are too small in budget or exposure or not from this country, I’ve learned never to try to guess who will win because my favourites are rarely in the list anyway. If it puts your mind at ease, I thought that Rachel Weiss was wonderful in Constant Gardener. Then again, my credibility may be compromised because I liked Crash more than Brokeback Mountain…

  4. Erik

    March 6, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    Of course I agree with all of your statements. Although I saw it coming, I think the whole thing had to do with the politics of Hollywood, and that just pisses me off!
    Think back to Philadelphia. Also, give the damn race card a rest! It doesn’t always make a good movie kids… SNORE. Didn’t anyone see Colors?

  5. JuCa

    March 7, 2006 at 12:30 am

    The Oscars aren’t the standard for good movies, if I hear one more person bragging about a movie ‘cos it got an Oscar I am gonna flip. Some deserve it, no doubt, but the biggert part of good movie just gets ignored cos it isn’t Oscar material (ie, it isnt about retards,underdogs, social conflicts). Now the MTV Movie Awards, that is my measuring tool :p

  6. Robin

    March 7, 2006 at 10:13 am

    JuCa – you are absolutely right, the Oscars in the end really don’t make one movie better than another. For me though I hope for certain actors or movies to get Oscars because I know how much it means to the actors/writers/directors/producers that put their heart and soul into it. To this industry getting an Oscar is the highest achievement.

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