Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Can You say, "Sour Grapes?"

Annie Proulx can! The author of the short story that inspired Brokeback Mountain threw a tantrum in the Guardian Newspaper this past weekend.

Let me round up a line of violinists for her.

The Blushing Bride pointed me to this story in My Way News:
Proulx criticizes Oscar voters and the Academy Awards ceremony in the 1,094-word rant, which appeared in Saturday's issue of The Guardian, a liberal paper boasting 1.2 million readers daily.

The best-picture Oscar went to "Crash," which focuses on race relations in Los Angeles.

Academy members who vote for the year's best film are "out of touch not only with the shifting larger culture and the yeasty ferment that is America these days, but also out of touch with their own segregated city," Proulx writes.

The 70-year-old Pulitzer-prize winning author points out that "Brokeback," which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, was named best picture at the Independent Spirit Awards one day before the March 5 Oscars.

"If you are looking for smart judging based on merit, skip the Academy Awards next year and pay attention to the Independent Spirit choices," Proulx advises.

She even lashes out at Lionsgate, the distribution company behind "Crash."

"Rumour has it that Lionsgate inundated the academy voters with DVD copies of Trash - excuse me - Crash a few weeks before the ballot deadline," Proulx writes.

She decries the "atmosphere of insufferable self-importance" inside the Kodak Theatre, the Oscars site, and describes the audience as a "somewhat dim LA crowd." The show, she writes, was "reminiscent of a small-town talent-show night."
I can't believe I need to tell a 70-year-old woman to grow up. But, in this age of common insanity, that's exactly what a Fool has to do.

Exactly how much sour grapes can a person have these days?

Apparently not enough.

Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar!

This Reasonable mouth-foamer is done!That thumping sound you just heard?

That's the broom closet closing!