Another Oscar night has come and gone and more than ever I am convinced that the politics in Hollywood are about as sneaky as in our nation's capital.
Otherwise, we would not have seen a mediocre movie nominated for best picture. And certainly we wouldn't have seen that film win best picture.
I suppose if Reese Witherspoon can win best actress for her role in Walk the Line, then anything is possible. I know this isn't the first year that politics and heavy campaigning have done the job at the Oscars, but this year seemed especially "off kilter".
A best picture should be nearly flawless in its directing, its acting, in its art direction, editing, etc. The four other nominees fit the bill as far as I was concerned. Crash definitely did not. Too bad the Academy stooped this year to a new low, misguided or not.
Other than the best picture category, there were no surprises. And even the Crash win was rumoured beforehand due to heavy campaigning for that film in that last few weeks.
In any case, another year has come and gone and now it's time to look to the future and see what the film world has in store for us in 2006.
And as I have said before, I will still go to the movies. I will always notice the outstanding, the average and truly terrible performances in the films I see. And I will always tune in come March to see if a deserving few become part of motion picture history (even if that wasn't the case this year).