Before I get to my thoughts, here are a few links I've enjoyed since the end of the show last night.
- David Poland: I disagreed with him about Brokeback Mountain from the get-go, but his post-mortem is excellent today. I also was thankful for his plea for "civil disagreement." It's sad that on the internet, and through its anonymity, the hateful vituperation has hit an all time high.
- Jeffrey Wells does a play-by-play: I'm looking for more depth from him later.
- Time Magazine and Richard Corliss cover it as well, although he's ready to nominate George Clooney for President.
- A blistering, incendiary column from Ken Turan and the LA Times. Wow - a must read.
- Can't go without Bill Simmons... "Part of me still thinks Jack Nicholson saw "Brokeback Mountain on the winner card, took a deep breath, said to himself, 'Screw it, I hated that movie,' called an audible and said, 'And the Oscar goes to ... Crash!'"
- Box Office Prophets did a live blog, but you currently have to start at the bottom and read up.
- Better Than Fudge wrote a tremendously snarky photo blog with captions. I'm loving this site more and more every day.
Notes for trivia dorks like me:
- Paul Haggis became the first person to write two consecutive Best Pictures (Million Dollar Baby and Crash).
- For the first time ever, the top 6 awards went to 6 different films. (Crash, Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Walk the Line, Good Night and Good Luck, The Constant Gardener).