January 30, 2006

SAG awards and politics.

Here's an article about the Screen Actors Guild awards, which is linked at Drudge with the line "'BROKEBACK' SHUT-OUT AT SAG..." Why is what happened to "Brokeback Mountain" the story? Isn't it nice that the ensemble cast of "Crash" got some recognition? Do we find politics so much more interesting than art? We're obsessed with the politics of sexual orientation, aren't we? Don't forget to note that Reese Witherspoon beat out Felicity Huffman for the best actress award, after both women won Golden Globes (the Globes have two categories, for drama and for comedy/musical). Huffman played a transexual in "Transamerica," while Witherspoon played a good wife in "Walk the Line." Witherspoon even went on at some length, in her acceptance speech, about all the wonderful wives who support their husbands and get little recognition for the fine lives they have lived in that role. It's all so meaningful, isn't it?

23 comments:

Art said...

"Brokeback" not getting the SAG award is important because it's a factor in who runs the country.
If the movie had won the award the Republicans would use it to show how immoral and distant from American values Hollywood is and how they and the teachers union are all that's keeping the pathetic Democratic party afloat.
Since it lost, it shows that the Democrat party has been suckered into getting in bed with promoters of the homosexual agenda which doesn't really have any popular support anyhow.
Any other questions?

Mark the Pundit said...

Could it be the case people are reading much more into an awards show than necessary? The SAG's are acting-only awards - no awards for costume design, writing, directing, etc. Only acting. Could it be even remotely possible that the acting was better in the movies that won over Brokeback Mountain? I say yes.

Goesh said...

Yup, about as interesting as the foreign affairs expertise of most actors, especially the ones that don't have a college degree.

Dave said...

Is it correct to infer from your comments that you liked Crash?

It was one of the few movies of the past year that I managed to see in the theater, and I liked it a lot.

Al Maviva said...

I hear, quite shockingly, that Brokeback is also going to get shut out at the ESPies, the Emmies, the Olympics, the Stanley Cup, and the Calamaugas County Fair Pie Cooking Contest, though it has a good shot at either the Pulitzer Prize, or the Nobel Prize.

But seriously though. Why would they give an award to some gay sheep boys, er cowboys, when there was a transexual available? I mean, come on. Brokeback is hardly transgressive of the patriarchal social order at all. I can't believe it is still making headlines. Gay Cowboys... it's the old Black.

TidalPoet said...

Simple explanation is probably the best.

The headline on Drudge is because of the filter Drudge has on news, the actual article is called "Witherspoon, 'Crash' Win Top SAG Honors".

Drudge is an active partisan, and that's how he viewed the news. Want talk about Crash making it, just read the actual headline.

Palladian said...

This reminds me why one of my least favorite phrases is "the personal is the political". I hate that this humble little movie was turned into a political pawn by both its supporters and detractors. One of the better filmic attempts to tell a story that, metaphorically, many gay men can relate to is dismissed as simply another decadent volley by the "gay agenda". Sad.

I'm going to trash the next heterosexual romantic melodrama that comes down the pike as a bald-faced attempt to push a transgressive agenda onto urban homosexuals.

dick said...

Tidal Poet,

I don't think that Drudge is doing this as an active partisan. I think he is doing this to point up the way the media has portrayed the Brokeback Mountain movie as well as the rest of the political movies from Hollywood this year. If you read most of the news stories about the award shos, you first see Brokeback Mountain, then you see either Munich or Syriana or Good Night and Good Luck, then you see the remainder of them. That is why Drudge would put that headline on it.

katiebakes said...

Some extremely random thoughts from the SAG Awards. Doesn't surprise me that Brokeback is the "story" because everyone seems to have latched onto it as being the bellwether for our cultural progress in America.

1. Reese's dress was awful in my opinion. It didn't fit her well (it gave her dreaded armpit cleavage) and the large blocks of color looked bulky on her small frame.

2. During the pre-show, Jamie Lee Curtis had some biting words for (paraphrasing from memory): "All those young actresses who run off like chickens with their heads cut off and go shopping at Kitson's all day." Having worked with Lindsay Lohan in the very watchable Freaky Friday, I'm sure it pains her to see Lindsay's trajectory.

3. I think Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy may be my new favorite celebrity couple. They are so loving, and she looks fantastic!

4. It's too bad that the cast of Curb Your Enthusiasm didn't win for best ensemble. I had predicted, incorrectly, that the community of actors would appreciate the ad-lib nature of the show. But the Desperate Housewives juggernaut rolled on.

5. Speaking of which -- trying to figure out the significance of all of them wearing purple, and Nicolette Sheridan wearing green! Oh, that Edie ...

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TidalPoet said...

Drudge -is- a partisan. I happen to like him but to claim this particular headline isn't some partisan take on the situation doesn't really jive.

He's 'fighting' back against the other side, nothing else really to it. But the point was that Ann wondered why this headline existed - I guess I should have just said, "Consider the source."

PatCA said...

I think movies are political mainly in that execs are always looking to keep their jobs, which entails generating successful box office or, alternatively, someone to blame. Brokeback was from a prestige literary source, check, and portrayed a blue state story, check. So if it tanks, the execs can say, who knew, it was an Annie Proulx story, and, oh, those red staters!

chuck b. said...

It's absurd that there are so many awards presentations. Weren't we just talking about some other Hollywood awards I can't be bothered to remember a few weeks ago?

Why people outside the business care about any of it (except for maybe one big one every year) is way, way beyond the scope of my comprehension.

Ann Althouse said...

I understand why Drudge does it. I just mean to be critical of him.

John said...

so, how about the CNN.com article: 'Crash' tops 'Brokeback' for SAG honor

so, now CNN is biased, too? it's because the BM bandwagon was all kind of being jumped on, and they lost. they weren't supposed to lose. it was a huge (supposed) upset. the title's not much of a stretch, if you ask me.

then again, I posted a story that said that BM got totally boned, but what do I know?

XWL said...

Clearly actors hate gay people.


(sorry, Kanye stole my keyboard)

Sean E said...

Is the acting in "Brokeback" supposed to be that great? I've only seen one clip from the movie, and Heath Ledger seemed to be using not just an obviously fake accent but an obvioulsy fake voice. Admittedly just a few seconds of dialogue, but it was cringe-inducing.

downtownlad said...

Sean - The acting is incredible.

If you think Heath Ledger is bad in Brokeback, I'd hate to see what you consider to be good acting . . .

Wade_Garrett said...

Sean - well seeing a clip is almost like actually seeing the movie.

The pleasure that some Republicans take in any perceived failure on behalf of Brokeback Mountain is deeply troubling to me. Its worse than when Air America first started up, and Republicans were willing to throw any number they could find out there to prove that the Democrats were out of touch with mainstream American because Randi Rhodes was only getting a 9 share, or whatever.

Let's say Brokeback Mountain doesn't win any Academy Awards. What does that prove? What effect does being considered merely the second or third best movie of the year, rather than the best movie of the year, by the Hollywood establishment have on the price of rice? These are the same people who said that nobody would see Farenheit 9-11, and yet $120 million later . . .

I wouldn't be surprised of these carping harpies denouncing Brokeback Mountain, or cheering the fact that it lost out at awards shows, eventually turn out to be closet queens on the scale of J. Edgar Hoover and Roy Cohn.

loner said...

Brokeback Mountain will get the most Academy Award nominations tomorrow and will almost undoubtedly win the most Oscars on March 5. None of the wins will be for acting.

As always, I'll be content with a screenplay nomination for my favorite release from the year recently concluded. It will get one. After all...

The critics agree...

Best (Original) Screenplay

National Society of Film Critics
Los Angeles Film Critics
New York Film Critics
Toronto Film Critics
National Board of Review

and nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America

Noah Baumbach - The Squid and the Whale

Where's the drama?

Palladian said...

Terry, the key difference between "Brokeback Mountain" and "Air America" is that "Brokeback Mountain" is actually pretty good. And does not star Rhandi Rhodes.

Craig Ranapia said...

Well, my favourite outburst of SAG politics was when Sean Astin stood up at the 2004 ceremony and delivered this gem:

"I'm worried about the labor movement in our country, to pay attention to our union when it's not the awards show. There is internecine strife, there is controversy. Some of us make a lot more money than others of us, but I think we need to be involved, or the union will not endure.

Rather ironic when he was standing there as co-winner of a best ensenble cast award forLoTR: Reutn of the King where American actors were very much in the minority. If SAG ruled the world I don't think too many Hollywood films would be shot in New Zealand with multi-national casts and high skill, relatively low wage crews who don't belong to American unions.

Sean E said...

"If you think Heath Ledger is bad in Brokeback,..."

Well, as I said, I only saw a few second clip but his voice work seemed like it would be really distracting. But maybe it's the sort of thing you quit noticing after a few minutes.

terry, was your rant on Republicans somehow triggered by my comment? If so, that was quite a leap.