Mister Tee wrote:
mlrg wrote:If Million Dollar Baby was released in 2005 would it prevail above Crash and Brokeback Mountain?
I think it definitely would have. Million Dollar Baby didn't win in 2004 because it arrived late; it won because it was the most broadly popular of the three main contenders. In 2005, it would have been competing with two films that had significant backlashes -- Brokeback for its subject matter, Crash for its sledgehammer obviousness. It would have seemed the perfect middle-ground choice.
Responding to this quote from Best Actress - 2004, I have to say no again.Million Dollar Baby
benefitted greatly from the "will it or won't it succeed" hubbub of its sudden late-year release when it was suddenly moved forward from its intended 2005 release. That it succeeded, gave it great momentum in a year when there were no strong favorites and, yes, it was a better film than the competition. That would not have been the case in 2005 in which there were at least five better films, only two of which were nominated - Brokeback Mountain
and Good Night, and Good Luck
. Left out of the mix were A History of Violence
, The Constant Gardener
and The Squid and the Whale
, all of which were better than Capote
Although both Capote
made my ten best list, they did so further down. Munich
benefitted strongly from its year-end release as Million Dollar Baby
had the year before. Brokeback Mountain
was the overwhelming favorite, having won the preponderance of pre-Oscar awards and the Best Director Oscar. Crash
was a hometown favorite filmed on location in Los Angeles when few films were anymore. There was no middle ground. If there were, Good Night, and Good Luck
would have been that. Box-office was not a factor in 2005. If it were, Walk the Line
would likely have been the popular choice.