Brokeback Was Crashed

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Brokeback Mountain
was crashed! And the Academy
certainly knows how to quit them. But alas, there are no major upsets in this year's Oscars. While most people are complaining about who-should-have-won-what, I am more dissatisfied with the boring ceremony. Where were the dramatic acceptance speeches and Billy Crystal?

Best Picture - Crash
The Academy has taken the safe side of giving the award to one about racial conflicts (We are the world!) than to one on virile cowboys. With last year's small time film Million Dollar Baby upset over the epic Aviator, it wasn't a surprise for Crash to do the same. I didn't think Crash would nab the Best Picture first because it would win only one other award (Best Screenplay). They obviously sacrificed Best Editing instead of giving it to other more deserving winners (Hmph!). Everybody leaves home 'happy', with Crash, Brokeback, Memoirs and King Kong all receiving 3 awards. What is this? Fen zhu rou?

Best Director – Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain
May seem like a consolation prize for him, but there's nobody more deserving than him. All Chinese and gays in the world will cheer him on. I suspect his next film is about to be about homosexuals as well. Think about it, from Wedding Banquet, Crouching Tiger (Not gay, but which tiger crouches?), The Hulk (Man with bulging muscles and ripping pants??) and Brokeback. His acceptance speech was brilliant and ended off nicely with a "Xie Xie".

Best Actor – Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Capote
This is a shoo-in. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was simply talented. And the youngest person to ever receive this award was Adrian Broody at 30. Health Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix... go figure!

Phillip Hoffman seems to have a weight problem now though. When the camera panned to the lum sup man beside Keira Knightly, I saw the resemblance. (What is Keira Knightly doing beside Jack Nicolson!!? I sense something that's as good as it gets.)

Best Actress – Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line
Oh darn! Oh darn! Does this mean we won't get to watch Legally Blonde 3? The next unhappy person has to be Ryan Phillipe who unfortunately didn't get nominated for Crash, and therefore has to take care of the kids, while his Academy Award Winner wife takes home a US$29 million for the next movie. Handsome daddy (who seem to have a pimple problem now) can stay at home to do the diapers. While Reese Witherspoon spent so much time thanking Joaquin Phoenix, I thought she nearly forgotten about her hubby.

Resse Witherspoon, our dearest American sweetheart, welcome to the league of actresses including Hilary Swank, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Helen Hunt and Susan Sarandon who career took flight after they won this award... Wait, did their careers soar after? Then what happened? Yes, Gwyneth, where are you? Acting as a Mathematician? The last time I saw Helen Hunt and Susan Sarandon was in... Team America!! (Yes, as puppets.)

Going by the trend, lets hope Jessica Alba and Teri Hatcher gets nominated next year... la la la.

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