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Why i hope Brokeback Mountain doesn't win the Oscar - 1370°C

Jan. 16th, 2006

11:25 pm - Why i hope Brokeback Mountain doesn't win the Oscar

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Recently, i've been listening to conservative talk radio, so that i really know what i'm annoyed about rather than just blindly ranting about neo-cons.

Today, someone on KKOB 770 (not sure who) said that he reckoned Brokeback Mountain would win best picture at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars because the "Left-wing Hollywood Liberals (TM)" would vote for it in order to make a statement. He then went on to rant about the "liberal" media for twenty minutes.

I haven't seen the film. But as it's directed by Ang Lee, stars two very good actors, and has a plot that seems on first blush to not be entirely dependent on the "shock value" of homosexual cowboys. I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt until i do see it.

I don't believe in these awards shows. While they have picked fabulous films as Best Picture winners in the past, it's usually not the case. You can usually predict the Oscar Best Picture winner without fail just by its pomp and circumstance. Maybe Brokeback Mountain is one of the exceptions and will give me a new found respect for the awards show committees. Nonetheless. It won the Golden Globes' Best Picture tonight. Just to prove this idiot neo-con wrong, i hope it doesn't win even a single Oscar.

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From:barjack
Date:January 17th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
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You were probably listening to Sean Hannidy, cling-on in the butt of American neo-conservatives. He's making us look bad...
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:January 18th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I worked out that it was Glenn Beck, and i reckon it was on the 106.7 station, and not actually KKOB.
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From:ickle_tayto
Date:January 17th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
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I know the film is meant to be brilliant.. but I just have no real interest in seeing it.. it seems like another river runs through it or legends of the fall.. long and worthy.. as in a very good film very well made but just a lil bit full of itself. if that makes sense..
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From:pixink
Date:January 17th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
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We saw it...and while I can say that it was very well directed, acted and scripted, I dunno if I'll want to see it again.
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From:ad_radian
Date:January 17th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Well, even if it wins, it doesn't prove the conservative right. It just allows for the possibility that he may be right.
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From:ad_radian
Date:January 17th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
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(which I'm inclined to think he wouldn't be) What's out there from last year to really compete with brokeback mountain? There's Good Night and Good Luck, which I liked a lot, but in terms of the type of movies that get nominated for best picture, what else came out last year? Hmm, I guess if Good Night and Good Luck wins anything, the conservative guy could argue (though I think it would be fallible) that that won for being leftist too.
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From:ersatzsage
Date:January 18th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Well part of the reason it seems like a popularity contest is that it is one. Just like any other elective process it merely indicates that the winner was able to convice people to vote for it, not that it was particularly worthy. Think about it, if you're a member of the academy and you got your ballot, odds are you take the time to fill it out when you catch a free moment between some celeb mixer and getting blown by the latest intern. So, what you vote for is what comes most readily to mind or what you've heard those around you who went to the movies instead of the aforementioned mixers have said. Or maybe you scribble in the name of a movie that had a full page add in the newspaper that morning when you were looking for the comics. The point is, you might never have seen the movie. Granted, the studios do send out copies to all the members of the academy so that they have the chance to review the nominees, but those aren't always watched.

I've often wondered about what some of you mentioned, i.e., "it sounds like it'll be brilliant, but I just don't want to go see it." I know that some very interesting and important things aren't always crowd pleasers, but shouldn't a truly great film, one worthy of the title best, be enjoyable as well as meaningful? I mean I can think of any number of books out there that are fascinating, even important, but which read like stereo instructions. Eh...it's late...I'm not being very coherent. Hope all is well with everyone.
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