Tuesday, March 14, 2006

From Sour Grapes , a Bitter Whine

Annie Proulx, author of the New Yorker short story adapted into the movie Brokeback Mountain, ranted in a British Newspaper about "Crash" winning the oscar instead of the adaptation of her literary baby. With all the wit of a 14-year-old blogging cheerleader, she dubs the rival movie "Trash." She complains that Oscar voters are out of touch "with the shifting larger culture and the yeasty ferment that is America these days . . . ."

"Yeasty ferment." Maybe it's sourdough, not sour grapes.

1 comment:

Beverly Marshall Saling said...

Yeah, I don't buy the argument that Academy voters were too affronted or afraid to reward Brokeback Mountain because of the "gay" subject matter. I mean, Crash was about the persistence and omnipresence of racism--probably an even less comfortable topic, particularly in Hollywood.

There are plenty of other reasons that make more sense: better marketing, Hollywood people's love of movies about themselves (Crash was set in LA), a desire to split director and picture awards between two equally deserving movies. There's enough real anti-gay discrimination in this world that we don't need to go looking for it where it ain't.