Tuesday, 7 March 2006

Broken Dreams for Brokeback

Ang Lee, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal

With the winners of the Oscars finally known, I can't help but stop and ponder.

I like cinema but not to the point that I usually follow the ceremony or its run up very closely. This year was slightly different due to the fact that Brokeback Mountain was in competition for eight statuettes. I have to admit that I didn't dig much deeper. I was however aware that Capote and Good Night and Good Luck were also contending for the title of best picture. Good Night and Good Luck being the major competition for Brokeback. Of the winner, Crash, I had never heard.

Brokeback Mountain eventually only won three Oscars; for best director, for best score and for best screenplay adaption.

My question therefore, or my feeling to be more precise, is that while the jury could obviously not ignore the cinematographic qualities of the film, they just shied away from its gay theme and could not get themselves to reward such a film, prefering to give the award to a film with a more acceptable social theme (racism). Or am I just being paranoid?

This, in any case, allowed George Clooney, who won Best Supporting Actor for Syriana, to say that he was “proud” to be part of the liberal-leaning world of film.

"We are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while," Clooney said in his acceptance speech. "We were the ones who talked about AIDS when it was being whispered. We talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular," he added. "I'm proud to be part of this Academy. I'm proud to be part of this community. I'm proud to be out of touch.”

Despite this minute slight, it is good to remind ourselves of the incredible sucess that the film has been (and still is) both with the critics and with the public around the world. It is also now undeniable that this film has made a difference and will have a lasting impact on the perception of LGBT people in the media and therefore society in general.

Originally posted on 06/03/05 - 4.20pm

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  1. Before you get too parnoid about Brokeback losing out on the Oscar, I managed to see all 5 films nominated, and as much as I liked Brokeback, and my obvious gay leanings, it didn't deserve to win the Oscar, in fact I'd put it third behind Crash and Good Night & Good Luck. Crash derserved the Oscar, and let's not forget that the Acadamy has voted for films with gay themes and charectors before. They've just voted for a better film, than one that used it's depiction of gay love as it's focal point for winning. It didn't deserve it in a class where there were many good films his year, let's just be thankful that all 5 were excellant films in their own right, and in any other year any of them would have one against weaker opposition.

  2. Don't be too sad - be happy Wallace & Gromit won an Oscar too!


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