The 78th annual
film industry publicity stunt Oscars are now in the bag, ably hosted by Jon Stewart, with a whole host of Daily Show-esque comedic interludes voiced by (who else?) Stephen Colbert. The big news, however, was the upset victory of the racially-charged Crash over front-running gay cowboy flick Brokeback Mountain.
In a field loaded with controversial subject matter, spawned from a year of lackluster overall box office returns, Brokeback Mountain was the heavy favorite for Best Picture, after sweeping the preliminary “feeder” awards. But Crash, a gritty movie that takes place in 36 hours of intersecting stories, prejudices, and redemptions in Los Angeles, scored the big prize instead.