Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Annie Proulx on the Oscars

On the sidewalk stood hordes of the righteous, some leaning forward like wind-bent grasses, the better to deliver their imprecations against gays and fags to the open windows of the limos - the windows open by order of the security people - creeping toward the Kodak Theater for the 78th Academy Awards. Others held up sturdy, professionally crafted signs expressing the same hatred.

…. And rumour has it that Lions Gate inundated the academy voters with DVD copies of Trash - excuse me - Crash a few weeks before the ballot deadline. Next year we can look to the awards for controversial themes on the punishment of adulterers with a branding iron in the shape of the letter A, runaway slaves, and the debate over free silver.

Annie Proulx (the author of the Brokeback Mountain) writes about her experience attending the Oscars in the Guardian.  


At 22:14, Anonymous Sinéad said...

I really liked that piece too.

Great to meet you the other night, sorry it was so brief.

At 22:42, Blogger Suzy said...

Hi Sinead, would have really liked to have had more chance to chat! Registration and an after awards committment got in the way! Hope we can meet again sometime!


At 17:39, Blogger Mark Dowling said...

dear god what precious ranting by Ms Proulx!

I hold no brief for either movie as I have seen neither yet but come on!

If Brokeback had won Best Picture, Ms Proulx would not remember who the Independent Spirit awards even were, she would be claiming a triumph, that "mainstream america" would be "ready" for the principal themes of Brokeback Mountain, when it was quite clear even her own male leads were eager to distance themselves from them.

Regardless of her opinion of Academy voters, she should level her criticism at her own distribution company who failed to rise to Lion's Gate's level of promotion (a well known activity in Hollywood before 2005-6) and dispense with the childish name calling, not least about scientology which I personally despise but if I thought it would affect an award I was entering for, I'd avoid it.

At least she called it what it is - sour grapes.

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