The 78th Academy Awards were given out on the 6th of March, evening at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood. The highlights of the award ceremony were obviously the regal selection of movies – some of which were never a hit in the box office list. This went to assure us movie fans that Oscar Awards did not after all get ruled by the numbers and fame! Or did I speak too soon? Well, there were a couple of surprises in stack, after all habits are hard to get over. Isn’t it?
When the nominations were announced, the fact that Brokeback Mountain was selected under 8 categories (the highest in the list this time) came as a welcome breeze! Hollywood seemed to have finally stepped out of the oblivion in encompassing issues of Social concern, which even drove the political campaign in the United States. Not just this movie, but the others selected under the best movie category too showcased the same! But hardly a few were as hard hitting as the former. I’d say that Crash would follow Brokeback Mountain. The theme dealt in the movie Crash, was equally sensitive, and very novel. The 2 days that seemed to bring different people (from different cultures) and different issues altogether, leaving a lasting impression on the minds of the characters (and also the viewers) and changing them forever, is a theme that very few films can do justice to! And in this venture, CRASH wasn’t a debacle at all. No sireee.. on the contrary, it nailed the issue to the point, right on the head, and drove it straight where it had to be driven! Yet, at the end of the day, the story that showcases the hypocritic attitude of the society towards the ‘queer’ community is one, that makes us stand still. Typically the academy had been following the tradition of awarding the best director, and the best movie to the same Film (except the past couple of years). When Ang Lee won the award, I was all set to watch Brokeback walk away with the best movie award too. Am I disappointed that Crash got it? I woudn’t say so. But yeah, Brokeback Mountain deserved it.
The awards in the category of best animations, was yet another surprise! Tim Burton’s “The Corpse Bride” was several times enjoyable than “Wallace and Gromit…”. The former was, if I may say, more sassy, classy, witty, and definitely pleasant! I did have high expectations on the “Howl’s Moving Castle” till I watched the movie. For those of us who expected another “Spirited Away” or something better, this movie was indeed a let down of the size of King Kong. The best make-up award being given to the team of “Chronicles of Narnia” was yeddanoder surprise, what with the contender being “Star Wars-III Revenge of the Sith“. And forgive me for sounding archaic, “In the deep”(Crash) was a much better score than “Its hard out here for a Pimp”(Hustle & Flow). The couple of movies that I felt richly deserved the awards they won, were ofcourse “King Kong” and “Memoirs of a Geisha“.
Finally, yet another annual event of great expectation is over, and another series of movies shall be screened in hope of winning the big ‘O’. Hopefully if the last year was any hint of what is coming forth, we may see Hollywood churning out movies that are more meaningful and bearing more impact. If it may seem like the Academy Awards is making up for the negligence is showed earlier, then better late than never!
As a passing thought, whatever made India send the repulsive “Paheli” to the Oscars while there was the mesmerizing “Black“?!! Guess some things are just universal!