Oh, I am so glad that "Crash" won Best Picture last night. "Brokeback Mountain" was so very overrated and I'm not convinced it should even have been nominated for the award, let alone a serious contender. But that's okay. A superior picture won. Is "Crash" as good as "Capote", "Munich", or "Good Night, and Good Luck"? I have no idea. I haven't seen those three movies, so maybe in a few months I'll come back to Oscar talk here screaming that "Capote" was robbed...though I doubt it. The only one of the three that I think has the chance to really move me is George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck".
The only other major award surprise was Rachel Weisz winning Best Supporting Actress for her work in "The Constant Gardener". Even that wasn't terribly surprising but from everything that I have heard this was the one category that was truly wide open. Michelle Williams was a strong nominee for "Brokeback Mountain" and the strong dark horse with a real chance was Amy Adams for "Junebug". Even without seeing the movie I wanted Adams to win. It's that whole Chanhassen thing.
Director: Ang Lee. Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman (yay!). Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon. Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney. Nothing really shocking here. It's all been predicted for months by critics and even when discussion began about "Crash" possibly winning Best Picture there was nothing about Ang Lee not winning.