10. Without Best Picture, Brokeback Mountain has won a meagre 3 Oscars. So did Crash, Memoirs of a Geisha and King Kong. The masterful Brokeback Mountain deserves much better than to be compared to those “films.”
09. The blood, sweat and tears poured into Brokeback Mountain was evident. To make Crash, you just needed a racist person, a car, and a couple of uses of the f-word.
08. If they were too conservative to award Brokeback Mountain, could they not have awarded the almost as impressive Capote? Oh wait, that’s about a homosexual too.
07. Despite all the hype about the “ensemble cast” of Crash, only the ever-excellent Don Cheadle truly shone. Brokeback Mountain featured amazing turns from Ledger, Gyllenhaal and Williams.
06. Brokeback Mountain, an elegiac, haunting, love song, lingers in the mind for a long time after the credits roll. After I saw Crash, I forgot about it immediately.
05. The morals. Brokeback, whilst heartbreaking, is essentially a tribute to love, and promotes it. Crash teaches us that everyone is a little bit racist. I did not need to give 2 hours of my life to learn that.
04. Whilst racial prejudice is every bit as important (if not more so) than sexuality, the delivery of Crash was just so achingly manipulative and obvious that my brain ached. The girl running into the road was the biggest sign of this; you could practically hear Haggis yelling “Cry! Cry!” in your ear as it happened. All this invoked feelings of utmost guilt in White Academy voters, as expected.
03. With the BAFTA, Golden Globe and an entire stream pre-cursor awards under Brokeback’s belt, I’d (rather smugly) taken it for granted that it would go on to win the Oscar. I honestly had thought it unstoppable.
02. Roger Ebert. Ever heard of the phrase self-fulfilling prophecy? He’d predicted that Crash would win, and, just to show how amazing he was, set out to make it happen. Without this idiot’s endless lobbying, Crash wouldn’t have had half as much publicity.
01. Brokeback Mountain is just an infinitely better film. An understated, nuanced masterpiece channelling real human emotion, Brokeback stands strong against Crash, a didactic, judgemental guilt trip of a movie.
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