Why Crash beat Brokeback Mountain for Best Picture

To read more of the greatest untold stories of Hollywood’s biggest night, buy our special issue of Entertainment Weekly here . Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Here’s a riddle — the kind that the Oscars like to tell from time to time: How can the best-directed film and the best-written (adapted) film not also be the best all-around film? The trick is that there is no real answer. That’s just the way Wolfgang Puck’s statuette-shaped cookie crumbles sometimes. But that hasn’t stopped Oscar nerds from raging about what happened on the night of March 5, 2006, when Crash upset heavy favorite Brokeback Mountain to win Best Picture. Conventional wisdom at the time said that director Ang Lee’s Western about two men and their tortured, unfulfilled love was destined to win. For proof, watch the YouTube clip of Oscar presenter and unflappable man Jack Nicholson decidedly flap after he reads the name of the upset winner. The immediate cultural fallout was confusion and vitriol. Brokeback was a watershed moment for gay representation, and after the Oscars, the work itself was considered the victim of an injustice at the hands of a membership […]

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