Last night's 78th Oscar presentation was the lowest rated show in the last 20 years, failing to break the 40-million mark in viewership. Why? Well, aside from the Hollywood-left’s love affair with anything that cast George W. Bush in the worse possible light, the reason is as plain as the botox in Jennifer Lopez’ lips:
The rather obvious and politically -charged "social message" that
Oscar show producer Gil Cates pointed out that the films nominated for best picture simply weren't the ones viewers actually went to see last year. "All five of the best picture nominees together, I don't think (their box office) goes to 250 million. 'Narnia' goes to $800 million by itself," Cates said.
Still undeterred after last night's clear and unambiguous message from the American movie-goer,
"Perhaps the truth really is, Americans don't want cowboys to be gay," said screenwriter Larry McMurtry, 69, who shared an Oscar for best adapted screenplay with Diana Ossana for "Brokeback." Maybe so, but that will not stop the political press from chiming in with their own take:
--Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan saw "Brokeback's" failure as a sign that
--"Film buffs and the politically minded will be arguing this morning about whether the Best Picture Oscar to 'Crash' was really for the film's merit or just a cop-out by the Motion Picture Academy so it wouldn't have to give the prize to 'Brokeback Mountain,"' said Washington Post critic Tom Shales.
The "surprise upset" winner of the night, "Crash," another movie that walks a social tightrope in race relations, was commented upon by "Brokeback" screenwriter Larry McMurtry. McMurty told reporters backstage he believed that Crash's setting in
The simple facts are as follows: Americans do not like to be told what they should believe or not believe, nor how they should act. George Clooney may "be proud" that he belongs to the
In the end, it is what will sell tickets that will straighten out the