January 13th, 2012


Rubbernecking at Race Relations

After an inexcusably long break, I'm resuming my Oscar series.

I've been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. Next on my list was the 2005 winner, Crash, directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, and Thandie Newton.

Crash is a drama that interweaves the stories of families who live in different neighborhoods of Los Angeles over the course of two days. The undercurrent of the film is an examination of race relations and the role of socioeconomics and culture in social interactions.

The other nominees for Best Picture that year were Brokeback Mountain; Capote; Good Night, and Good Luck; and Munich. In addition to Best Picture, Crash also won Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Writing (Original Screenplay).

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