Laean wrote:Coppermine wrote:Laean wrote:Coppermine wrote:Well, she was in Crash last year, which, in case you forgot, won best picture.
It was also her best performance in my opinion... "Speed" was fun and jumpstarted her career, but that led to a bunch of crappy romantic comedies. I think she's much better suited to secondary roles like she had in Crash than as the primary love interest of Hugh Grant in like 5 movies.
i thought "while you were sleeping" was her first big break.
anyway, crash was a horrible best picture winner. i can't believe brokeback mountain did not win.
A couple notes...
"While You Were Sleeping" came out a year after "Speed" as a direct result of her success in the film. I don't know if you recall, but Speed was a HUGE movie, not only jumpstarting the career of Bullock, but also marking the resurgence of Dennis Hopper (who had previously been blacklisted from Hollywood, literally, since the Cold War). Speed, interestingly, was Hoppers most successfuly film financially in his career, even more so than "Easy Rider," the film that defined him as an actor. It also was the springboard for his role in the extremely overhyped "Waterworld."
Keanu of course went on to do the Matrix trilogy as Neo, a role he perhaps would never have landed if not for "Speed" (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure probably wasn't quite enough).
I saw both Crash and Brokeback Mountain; both were excellent movies and both very controversial... basically it was certainly between the two (although I thought Sideways was a masterpiece in its own right). Choose the racially sensitive film or the gay one... Hollywood played it safe, but have you seen Crash? It was, in my opinion, fantastic.
hmm, you're right. i thought While You Were Sleeping came out before, but i guess i was remembering wrong. then yeah, Speed is undeniably the vehicle that jump started bullock's career.
Sideways is an excellent film.
oh don't worry, i saw Crash. it was basically filled with one-note caricatures (except Matt Dillon's character) instead of human beings. very unrealistic. it's like they thought of the goal that they wanted the film to serve first, then came up with a story that would best achieve that purpose.
if they had come up with a good story itself, it would've affected people plenty enough on its own.
I liked Crash specifically because of its inherent tone; not because of its characterization; I agree Matt Dillon's character was the only standout, and I found that refreshing given the fact that I consider both Bullock and Brendan Frasier sub-par actors. Phillippe is obviouslay nothing to get excited about either. What mad the film great was not the characterization but the complexity of the plot. I thought it was eye-opening and compelling as a film, if not slightly unrealistic as you said, but certainly less so than the vast majority of films.
Generally speaking I agree with your sentiment Laean, but considering its competition, I was not disappointed with the Academy's choice.