Archive for March 6th, 2006

Surprise Academy Award

I saw this in the headlines. There my interest ended.

Sometimes the Academy Awards group has an easy time. Somebody makes a film noire movie about the Holocaust like Schindler’s List or The Pianist, and they meet, yawn, and hand it all the awards.

Despite the lack of a holocaust movie this time this year’s decision was almost equally easy. As I understand it, the movie “Brokeback Mountain” pushed the idea that every real cowboy was a homosexual. In the absence of a holocaust movie, everyody assumed it would get those awards.

I saw in the headlines that there was a surprise winner of Best Picture. It showed a black woman passionately embracing a white man. To everybody’s surprise, that theme trumped the homosexual-promotion theme.

Judging True Art is a hard business.