I'd be curious to know what it said. (Why did it get deleted?)
i don't know maybe because the replied postings he got after.
ok i'll post it then
Paul Haggis posts at the IMDb about the "Crash" backlash
I am quite sure this is a mistake, but like you I am an IMDb user and every once in a while I check in on this board to see what people are talking about. I've never felt the need to post, because the board isn't meant for me, and I certainly don't want to be one of those guys who feels he has to answer every question about his film. I think if I have to do that, the film has obviously failed. And I believe that films should raise questions, make people argue and discuss issues, and the merits of the attempt. So, I have no problem with anyone voicing a negative opinion about my film. However I am deeply concerned by the tone of many of the posts I read tonight.
Now, I have to confess I didn’t read that many, but I got the gist. And if I may be so bold, it seems to me that people are confusing awards with movies.
None of us make films to get awards. I mean, they are lovely to win, but as many people have pointed out, there are great films that have gone completely unrecognized and mediocre films that have swept award shows.
It is all very subjective. Last year, when I lost to Sideways, I was actually quite pleased – as I really loved Alexander Payne’s film and the screenplay. If I’d lost to a screenplay I did not think was as good, I doubt I would have been happy. It is very subjective,
Now, I mean no disrespect to any award show, be it the Globes, the Critics Choice or the Oscars, but I think most filmmakers would agree that it is ridiculous to pick a "best movie". Or, for that matter, a best writer, best director or best actor.
I try and picture a salon in 1920s Paris with a bunch of young French Impressionists standing around waiting for the judges to choose the best painting of the year. Will it be a Monet or a Picasso? Such things happened, of course, but it does seem a tad silly.
I frankly like what AFI does. They have a luncheon every year and single out for recognition what they consider to be the 10 best movies and 10 best TV shows of the year. If you are lucky enough to be invited, you have lunch and slap each other on the back. No one makes acceptance speeches, everyone leaves with a framed certificate of recognition and that is that. A lovely afternoon.
But, back to the reason for this particular rant: a lot of people seem livid that our film was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture.
I have to say I was completely stunned. (I know, you were as well.) Like most people, I was certain that Brokeback would win. And, as I'd said in an interview just the week before, I thought they deserved to win. I loved the film. I thought it an exquisite jewel; haunting and terribly moving.
I also honestly believed that Good Night and Good Luck, Capote and Munich deserved to win, and I would have stood and applauded for any of them
I honestly don't know why Academy members voted for our film over any of those. I mean, I am really, really glad they did -- I like having two Oscars. I don't quite believe I have them, I'm not sure I deserve them, but I really, really like seeing them on my bookshelf.
I’ve read some of those who claim there is a wave of secret homophobia in Hollywood. While I am sure homophobes exist, I find it hard to believe they are here in those kinds of numbers. I frankly think the argument has no more merit than if I’d lost and suggested that it was because liberal Academy members don’t like to be accused of harboring secret racist thoughts. Or suggesting the members didn’t vote for Good Night because they are aging and now have secret Republican leanings. Or that they didn’t vote for Capote because they are anti-gay or anti-intellectual.
In fact, one man's opinion, the only filmmaker I think who could actually claim that he was singled out for real abuse this year is Spielberg. I am not going to argue the merits of each film, but ask any of the nominated directors and we'll all tell you that Steven took more heat than any of us. While I believe all three of the other films were brave -- and I wouldn't have wanted to be the one trying to sell Brokeback, Good Night or Capote to some theatre chain in the Bible Belt -- in New York and LA, I think Steven and Tony took the most criticism. At least that's my opinion.
I don't know why they gave us Best Picture, but glad they did. Am really glad that Brokeback Mountain was recognized with three very well deserved awards, including Best Director -- Ang is a master filmmaker and we all know it. Would have liked to have seen Capote walk away with a few more awards, but was happy to see Phillip win. I was very happy to see Reese recognized, as I was with Rachel and George for their terrific work. I was disappointed that other actors didn't get the statue, but at least they were nominated -- and when you have been, you'll know that the clich