Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2005


dtgirbp-2005Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Munich

Biggest Snub:

Walk the Line

My Overall Thoughts:

This was yet another down year for the choices of BP.  The 5 picks are all very good movies, but none are spectacular or epic.

There was a big push for Brokeback to win this year due to it’s theme which breaks normal social conventions, but many of the Academy voters decided instead to make a safer pick.

Crash is actually one of the weakest BP winners of all time because the movie just isn’t as emotionally impactful as one would hope for a BP winner.

My Rankings:

Movies

  • 5. – Brokeback Mountain – Over-rated film that isn’t as romantic as it claims to be.  The film had too much hype due to it’s unique subject matter, but isn’t really as good as it seems it would be.
  • 4. – Crash – Great ensemble film that loses it’s way because it tries too hard to be more influential than it really is.
  • 3. – Capote – Great biopic that shows Hoffman’s talent.  Gives an insiders view of how killers are seen and perceived and they don’t always match one another.
  • 2. – Good Night and Good Luck – Compelling look at how journalism and journalistic integrity worked in the 50’s and its comparison to how things are done now.
  • 1. – Munich – Very emotional historical film that shows how the lines blur between  revenge and murder when trying to find the right way to respond to a terror attack.  Coming soon after 9/11, this seems so poignant for the world we all now live in.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all.  Crash was the safe choice in a year with some very good controversial choices.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

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