I am a member of the Academy. I have been in the motion picture business for 40 years. I have been an agent for 9 years, produced 25 features, been president of two studios, and for two years hosted my own radio talk show devoted to the entertainment arts.
At the risk of sounding pretentious, I am as politically conscious and aware as anyone anywhere. I am a liberal and certainly not homophobic.
The category reads: for the best motion picture of 2005.
With the exception of “Munich” and “Crash,” monumental works of talent were ignored. This letter is both an apology and praise to Peter Jackson for “King Kong,” Andrew Adamson and Mark Johnson for “Chronicles of Narnia,” Ron Howard and Brian Grazer for “Cinderella Man,” and Susan Stroman and Mel Brooks for “The Producers,” as well as Nathan Lane’s awesome performance (in my opinion, one of the best ever). All are excellent films. All were snubbed.
I agree political messages are an important part of art. But monumental feats of filmmaking should not be completely discounted for that purpose. It demeans the relevance of the Academy Awards.
I want to congratulate the above artists for making some of the best pictures of 2005 or any other year. I (just) wish there was a write-in vote.