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Monday, January 30, 2006 

Brokeback Mountain

I'm not much of a media critic, and I haven't seen Brokeback Mountain. I've heard it's excellent, but what's been pretty interesting is following the mainstream media's reporting of the gay cowboy love story. What just caught my attention is the headline on CNN.com right now (2:17 A.M.): No SAG honors for 'Brokeback'. The byline reads:
Hollywood stars turned out to honor each other with Screen Actors Guild Awards -- and to get a hint of who might take home an Oscar. The SAG awards have a solid record of forecasting Academy Award winners. "Brokeback Mountain" led with four SAG nominations but was shut out entirely. Top SAG acting awards went to Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") and Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote"). The ensemble cast award went to "Crash."
Is anyone else struck by this? CNN looks like it's trying to shout 'this movie is crap!' with the headline. Brokeback didn't garner any SAG awards; so what? Why is this a front-page story, even given the relatively-slow news cycle we're coming out of?

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