Tom-O ‘can’t quit’ the Academy’s insults

Posted by · 11:37 am · July 30th, 2008

(from left) Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback MountainI have to admit, I got a chuckle out of Tom O’Neil’s latest diatribe against the AMPAS.  Mainly, I just like to see him riled up, but he does have a point here.  Regarding the recent press release for the Academy’s upcoming screening of “Brokeback Mountain,” Tom had this to say:

Am I the only person who finds the headline of a recent Oscars news release outrageous? While announcing the latest film to be screened in its “Great to Be Nominated” series at the AMPAS headquarters in Beverly Hills, the news release proclaims “Academy Can’t Quit ‘Brokeback Mountain.'” That’s a pathetic attempt of someone in the academy’s media office to be cutesy-pootsy and it’s offensive considering how cruelly academy members roughed up the gay cowboys two years ago.

To begin with, I don’t think now, nor did I think nearly three years ago that the Academy “roughed up” the Ang Lee film that is clearly so beloved (I loved it too, so no hater-haters, please).  They certainly weren’t beholden to honoring the film with their top prize just because of its impressive precursor streak, and indeed, more often than not, the AMPAS shows that it will not be told what to do on Oscar night.

I also am a supporter of the unfairly maligned “Crash, but I don’t feel like going there.

That said, Tom has a point.  Let’s face it, the “Great to Be Nominated” series is an insult on its face no matter what film is screening.  I know the Academy thinks it is doing a service to the films it ignored throughout the years, but mostly it’s just digging away at wounds, some of them fresh, some of them scabbed over.

Anyway, more from Tom:

Now the academy says it “can’t quit” “Brokeback Mountain.” Oh, yeah? “Can’t quit” is an intense romantic phrase from the film professing undying gay love. What the academy really gave “Brokeback Mountain” two years ago was the equivalent to a gay-bashing. After the “Crash” upset, scores of academy members confessed to me that they “just couldn’t” vote for the gay film. Most of the academy members I spoke to admitted they didn’t even watch their DVD screener….

Now if the academy really “can’t quit” “Brokeback Mountain,” why doesn’t it go back and give it the top prize it deserved in 2005? By invoking that phrase, AMPAS only insults the film further while proving how really clueless it can be sometimes.

You can check out his full rant here.

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  • 1 7-30-2008 at 12:53 pm

    Duq said...

    Ugh, this guy needs to let it go. Nominating a movie for 8 oscars and giving it 3 is hardly the “equivalent to a gay-bashing.” Yikes. I’ve watched all of the 2005 best pic nominees more than once since then, and in my opinion Munich was the real masterpiece of the bunch.

  • 2 7-30-2008 at 1:09 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I wasn’t gonna say it but I’m glad you did. The gay bashing bit.

    Still, there’s a point lurking here, but I think it goes beyond Brokeback.

  • 3 7-30-2008 at 1:34 pm

    mike said...

    I agree he needs to let go, but then again I did not like Brokeback at all, the movie did not thing for me, it was shot and directed very well, but didn’t really do anything for me… I thought Munich was the best of that bunch, but it was close to Good Night, Good Luck.

  • 4 7-30-2008 at 1:42 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    MY feelings about Best Picture Nominees:

    1. Munich-My fave of this 2005
    2.Brokeback Mountain

    beside I prefer Munich, I agree with Brokeback as Best Picture Oscar

    3.Good Night and Good Luck_Deserving Nomination

    4.Capote-My reservations to the film, I don’t like it in any aspect
    5.Crash-No Doubt. Undeserving Oscar

    I want to put 2046 and The Constant Gardener instead the last two

  • 5 7-30-2008 at 1:59 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Crash and Munich are terrible movies. Show! Don’t tell!

  • 6 7-30-2008 at 7:57 pm

    Bing147 said...

    I’m sorry but how is naming a film one of the top 5 of the year, calling it the best directed film of the year while giving it 3 Oscars in total, how is that gay bashing? Especially when the one that beat it for best actor was also an actor playing a gay character? In fact, you could argue that the Oscars went out of their way to honor gay films that year. No, they didn’t give it best picture, so not thinking the film about gay people was the best of the year is gay bashing? Was it racism when Ray didn’t win Best Picture? Was it an attack on the transgendered when Transamerica didn’t take home anything? Were the academy being mean to country singers when Walk the Line missed the best picture cut? Give me a break. I guess if that’s true I’m gay bashing, the film didn’t even make my top 20 of 05, it sits at #22 out of 80 films seen, a good but not great film.

  • 7 10-10-2008 at 11:39 pm

    Dean Treadway said...

    Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD was the obvious masterpiece of 2005.