Critic’s Choice Awards Honor Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain won awards for Best Picture and Best Director (Ang Lee) at the 11th Annual Critic’s Choice Awards, sponsored by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

In addition, Michelle Williams won for best supporting actress in Brokeback Mountain.

Philip Seymour Hoffman took the best actor award for Capote and Reese Witherspoon won best actress for her portrayal of June Carter Cash Walk the Line.

While I’m glad to see Brokeback Mountain recognized, I really don’t think it was the best movie of the year. It’s rapidly becoming the most important film of the year, but they don’t give out awards for that. I suspect that’s why it won even if was not the best from a technical standpoint.

I was glad that Capote was nominated for Best Picture but surprised that the director wasn’t nominated. Did the film direct itself?

There were ten nominations for Best Picture and I have not seen most of them. But if I’d had to choose between Capote and Brokeback Mountain for Best Film, I would have chosen Capote. Had I seen everything else, I don’t know what I would have chosen.

It was really unfortunate that they didn’t have a more articulate person to accept the award for Brokeback Mountain. Diana Ossana, one of the screenwriters who also has a producer credit for the movie accepted the award. She was so surprised that the movie won and completely unprepared to accept the award, rambled through a pathetic speech, leaving me to believe that she didn’t think it was the best movie either.