Here are the winners of major catergories:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – George Clooney (Syriana)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Rachel Weisz (Constant Gardener)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
Best Achievement in Directing – Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
Best Motion Picture of the Year – Crash
Almost all of the winners received their recongnition as expected. They had been collecting a bunch of awards before the Oscars. Since I haven’t seen most of their works, I can only comment on Witherspoon’s win. Joaquin Phenoix was the main attraction, but she stole the spot light in Walk the Line. Perhaps it is easier to sympathize her role, yes. Nonetheless, she was both strong and vulnerable in the movie. Whe she performed on the stage, she lit up the screen, like she did to every movie she’s in.
Ang Lee finally earned his due by winning the Best Director award (he should have won for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). For a very talented director, he’s humble as always. It’s also moving to hear him thanking his friends in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. He also set a record as the first non-Caucasian to win this category. As a Taiwanese, I’m very proud of you, Mr. Lee!
The biggest surprise of the night was that Crash won the Best Picture award, because Brokeback Mountain was the very strong favourite after winning almost everything before the Oscars. Of course, controversy arose due to the homosexual theme in Brokeback Mountain. Many suspected whether this had something to do with the upset. Some said that many voters didn’t even see the movie. Some others went to the extreme and blamed rasism as the culprit, referring to Ang Lee, the director of the movie. On the other hand, Crash had a big ensemble cast. And most of the voters are actors, therefore are more likely to support this movie. However, the most likely reason, in my personal opinion, is that Crash deals with an issue that voters living in L.A. can relate to — discrimination. And it’s a feel-good movie that makes the viewer feel that by seeing the movie, they explore themselves and do something good about that issue. Compared to the emotionally supressed gay cowboys, it’s understandable why Hollywood voted for Crash.
With that said, Brokeback Mountain definitely was the movie of the year. It stirred up discussion and started a phenomenon. Many people certainly thought of it as the best picture of the year. In fact, a campaign was started to raise funds to place a full-page ad in Variety to support the film and show its fans’ appreciation. I think that it is a positive move rather than finger-pointing. At least all people involved in the movie will be recognized by the group that matters the most, the general public.
Hollywood circles the (unBroke) wagons (Toronto Star)
The fury of "Crash"-lash (Roger Ebert defends "Crash")