Awards season may be over, but the feelings linger on, as the Academy is blasted for what it did and praised for what it didn’t do.
Annie Proulx, who penned the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” offered a rant about the Oscars for the March 11 London Guardian, lamenting the win for “Crash” (or, as she labels it, “Trash”), which was decided by “conservative heffalump Academy voters.”
She did approve of a few awards — namely, the three that went to “Brokeback.”
She sniffed that “there was a kind of provincial flavor to the proceedings reminiscent of a small-town talent-show night” and sighed that host Jon Stewart was “too witty, too quick, too eastern perhaps for the somewhat dim L.A. crowd.”
Meanwhile, producer Arthur Cohn last week saluted the Academy for its integrity. Cohn wrote an open letter to Yosi Tzur, whose son was murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber and who gathered 32,000 signatures for a petition to have the Academy revoke the nom for the Palestinian “Paradise Now.”
Cohn wrote that the film “can be conceived as providing comfort and sympathy for murderers, whom the film presents as freedom fighters.” But he praised the Academy for never getting involved “in questioning or rebuffing the contents” of films.
He saluted the Acad for honoring films that combated anti-Semitism and increased understanding of the Holocaust. He added that many films, including “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” which he produced, “would have disappeared unseen into obscurity” if not for Oscar attention.
So far, no word on what the heffalumps think of either missive.