Director: Paul Haggis Cast: Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Michael Peña, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, William Fichtner, Ryan Phillippe, Shaun Toub, Bahar Soomekh, Marina Sirtis, Loretta Devine, Larenz Tate, Keith David, Tony Danza, Jennifer Esposito, Art Chudabala, Daniel Dae Kim, Jack McGee, Alexis Rhee, Glenn Taranto, Ashlyn Sanchez, Greg Joung Paik, Amanda Moresco, Bruce Kirby, Nona Gaye, Ken Garito, Karina Arroyave, Dato Bakhtadze, Sean Cory Cooper, Ime Etuk, Eddie J. Fernandez, Billy Gallo
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Original Screenplay (Paul Haggis & Robert Moresco); Best Film Editing
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Matt Dillon); Best Director (Paul Haggis); Best Original Song (Kathleen York & Michael Becker for “In the Deep”)
I First Saw In: c. 2008
Synopsis: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss, and redemption.
Did You Know? Crash is the most recent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture without receiving a Best Picture nomination at the Golden Globes.
Quotables: ANTHONY: You think white people go around callin’ each other “honky” all day, man? “Hey, honky, how’s business?” “Going great, cracker, we’re diversifying!”
And now a Word from the Guise:
This dark horse Academy Awards contender snatched the Best Picture Oscar right out from under the nose of front runner, Brokeback Mountain. The film attempts to shatter racial prejudice by pointing out that even the best of us can be clouded with ignorance, but by so doing it inadvertently perpetuates racial stereotypes.
I think Matt Dillon gave a good performance, but if any actors deserved Oscar nominations for this film it was Thandie Newton, Michael Peña, and Shaun Toub. Thandie Newton screaming at Matt Dillon to get away from her while she’s hanging upside in her car while flames trickle toward her is such a powerful scene, equaled only by Michael Peña’s daughter jumping in front of him to protect him from Shaun Toub.
It’s a good film with good intentions, but I still think that Brokeback Mountain was cheated.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233