I was very pleased to hear this morning that Crash managed to snatch Oscar in the most prestigious category – Best Motion Picture of the Year. After all, it was the second best movie of 2005 (in my opinion). Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain yet, so I cannot say whether it’s good or bad that this movie has received only one Oscars in major category – Best Achievement in Directing (snatching the other two in Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score). I’ve heard a lot about Philip Seymour Hoffman performance in Copote, so I suspect it’s a well deserved award. Too bad I haven’t seen that one either.
The most undeserved Oscar this year went to Reese Witherspoon. Just like Nicole Kidman got hers for not looking like Nicole Kidman in The Hours, Reese Witherspoon got her for having a voice not like her (very annoying southern accent). Her performance in Walk the Line was just good, nothing out of the ordinary.
Surprisingly, Memoirs of a Geisha, which I reviewed just yesterday managed to grab three Oscars (same number as both Crash and King Kong) in the following categories: Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design.
Some deserved their awards, others did not. Was it controversial? Hardly. All in all, Oscars this year were just like any other year.