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Tuesday, March 07, 2006


It’s nice to see the smaller movies get some recognition at the Academy Awards this year. If you are a regular reader of my columns you know that I don’t think too much of the AA’s. They are usually a popularity contest and too many times deserving movies or actors are left out because of their anonymity. This is not the case this year as "Crash" (box office, $53 million) won Best Picture, the wonderful Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for totally nailing the part of Truman Capote in "Capote" ($22 million), Rachel Weisz won Best Supporting Actress in the mostly ignored "The Constant Gardener" (Her part was actually deserving of Best Actress). Ang Lee took Best Director with "Brokeback Mountain", a highly discussed film that actually only did $72 million at the box office. Add to that the nomination of Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress in "Junebug" ($3 million) and Felicity Huffman for Best Actress in "Transamerica" ($4 million) and we see the Academy as looking more to quality than quantity for a change.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jim!

I sing along to the song, "The Wall" whenever it comes on the radio. The kids don't know what to think of me, but it's fun just the same!

As for the Oscars: I am confused about the circumstances surrounding the movie, "Crash" coming out of nowhere and winning. I hadn't heard anything about it earlier. I did scan a news article regarding the production team threatening to sue the Oscars before the show even aired?? Can you explain this to me? Was it a question of releasing the movie in time to be considered for an Oscar this year? I found the article title offensive (thinking of someone sueing the Oscars over a win), so I didn't read it. If you did, could you explain it to me??

Best wishes,


Anonymous said...

I agree, the AA choices were significant and amazing. "Crash" is the only one we haven't seen. I have been on the library waiting list since the first of February so we have that powerful movie to look forward to.
By the way did you see Tom Neal in one of the early series of clips they showed? (I'm not sure how montague is spelled.) TN was on there very, very briefly.