Monday, March 06, 2006

'Acting out' cost Brokeback Mountain Best Propaganda... er… Picture
'Brokeback' dreams crash and burn as the academy's voters play it safe

“SOMETIMES you win by losing, and nothing has proved what a powerful, taboo-breaking, necessary film "Brokeback Mountain" was more than its loss Sunday night to "Crash" in the Oscar best picture category.

Despite all the magazine covers it graced, despite all the red-state theaters it made good money in, despite (or maybe because of) all the jokes late-night talk show hosts made about it, you could not take the pulse of the industry without realizing that this film made a number of people distinctly uncomfortable.

In the privacy of the voting booth, as many political candidates who've led in polls only to lose elections have found out, people are free to act out the unspoken fears and unconscious prejudices that they would never breathe to another soul, or, likely, acknowledge to themselves. And at least this year, that acting out doomed "Brokeback Mountain."…”
said the LA Times’ Kenneth Turan, breathlessly.

So Hollywood is awash in closet homophobes? Please.

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