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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 2006, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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'Brokeback' author: We were robbed

http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movi....ap/index.html

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LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Annie Proulx, whose 1997 short story inspired the film "Brokeback Mountain," has penned a scattershot blast in a British newspaper unleashing her anger over the film's best-picture Oscar loss.

Proulx criticizes Oscar voters and the Academy Awards ceremony in the 1,094-word rant, which appeared in Saturday's issue of The Guardian, a liberal paper boasting 1.2 million readers daily.

The best-picture Oscar went to "Crash," which focuses on race relations in Los Angeles.

Academy members who vote for the year's best film are "out of touch not only with the shifting larger culture and the yeasty ferment that is America these days, but also out of touch with their own segregated city," Proulx writes. (Read her Guardian column here.)

The 70-year-old Pulitzer-prize winning author points out that "Brokeback," which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, was named best picture at the Independent Spirit Awards one day before the March 5 Oscars.

"If you are looking for smart judging based on merit, skip the Academy Awards next year and pay attention to the Independent Spirit choices," Proulx advises.

She even lashes out at Lionsgate, the distribution company behind "Crash."

"Rumour has it that Lionsgate inundated the academy voters with DVD copies of Trash -- excuse me -- Crash a few weeks before the ballot deadline," Proulx writes.

She decries the "atmosphere of insufferable self-importance" inside the Kodak Theatre, the Oscars site, and describes the audience as a "somewhat dim LA crowd." The show, she writes, was "reminiscent of a small-town talent-show night."

"Clapping wildly for bad stuff enhances this," Proulx writes.

She notes that "Brokeback's" three Oscar wins, for original score, adapted screenplay and direction for Ang Lee put it "on equal footing with King Kong."

When Jack Nicholson announced "Crash" as the best-picture winner, "there was a gasp of shock," Proulx writes.

"It was a safe pick of 'controversial film' for the heffalumps," she writes, using the elephant-like "Winnie the Pooh" character to describe academy voters.

"For those who call this little piece a Sour Grapes Rant," Proulx concludes, "play it as it lays."

Calls by the Associated Press to Proulx's Wyoming home and her literary agent, Elizabeth Darhansoff, were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 2006, 08:16 PM
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Sour grapes, hon! Your film lost, get over it. I lost Oscars FOUR times, so I know what I'm talking about!

She has a point, however, the quality of films has gone down A LOT in the last 10 years or so, her own film being an example of this trend though.

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totally sour grapes...although i wouldnt trust british papers, even if they are Broadsheets and not tabloids, they are all out to make stories.

Maybe this was taken out of context etc or whatever, so i wouldnt read too much into it, but all i will say is that Crash was a great film! I havent seen all of BM yet so i cant excatly judge, but when i watched (crash) it was oscar worthy.
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Me thinks that Annie won't be winning any "Best of...." anything from the Academy for a few decades.
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Sour grapes, hon! Your film lost, get over it. I lost Oscars FOUR times, so I know what I'm talking about!

She has a point, however, the quality of films has gone down A LOT in the last 10 years or so, her own film being an example of this trend though.

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Of course it's sour grapes, but it's still right. Crash was an awful movie.
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Of course it's sour grapes, but it's still right. Crash was an awful movie.
And the remaining 4 nominees weren't just as crappy?


I'm having a flashback. It's the first Tuesday in November, 2004. I'm in line at City Hall........

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Sour grapes? I don't know, she must be selling her novel a lot more now

She is right, Brokeback Mountain was robbed. Unforgiven.

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[QUOTE=Helen Lawson]And the remaining 4 nominees weren't just as crappy?


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In my opinion Good night and good luck is an amazing movie. Better than Crash.

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And the remaining 4 nominees weren't just as crappy?


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In my opinion Good night and good luck is an amazing movie. Better than Crash.
I thought Constant Gardener was better than Crash and it wasn't even nominated!

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And the remaining 4 nominees weren't just as crappy?
I don't know, I haven't seen them yet.
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I found Brokeback pretty slow. Only thing I liked (or adored) was the music.
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I thought Constant Gardener was better than Crash and it wasn't even nominated!
Totally agree. I loved the Constant Gardener.

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A lot of better films have lost the Oscar and haven't taken to the papers to whine about it. Build a bridge and get over it lady!
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