Sunday, March 05, 2006
Crash-ing the Oscars!
I would like to see a post about who the Academy is-- how they vote-- and why you think Crash won. Because it certainly wasn't the best film of the year.
While all of the films nominated this year dealt with significant aspects of the human condition (love, prejudice, civil rights, holy wars, personality disorders.) Crash however was the most universal in its message. It wasn't the story of one person (Capote), couple (Brokeback), nation (Good Night) or region (Munich) it was about all people.
It mirrored parts of our lives that we would much rather leave unexamined. Crash forces the viewer to come to terms with the fact that everyone regardless of race, gender or economic status carry some bias or prejudice. Likewise, it shows that each one brings some form of love and compassion. None is all good or all bad.
That is hard for us to watch because we have to look at ourselves. So many films easily identify the good guy or the bad guy. It is easy to watch Capote and leave thinking "He was a brilliant writer but a nut." Or what about Munich "Can you believe that they keep fighting like that...glad I don't live there." Crash however identified that the human experience is some of each..good and bad.
I read somewhere that a good film is one that you can't stop talking about. This is certainly that kind of film.