Remember scratching your head when Paul Haggis' "Crash" won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in 2006? Sadly, us too.
The 2005 film, starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Michael Peña, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe and a long list of others, thrived on the gimmick of interconnecting a bunch of different storylines throughout Los Angeles. If anything, you likely remember how the film came under fire for its racial stereotyping and the responses that followed its Oscars win. But don't worry, Haggis, who wrote and directed "Crash," doesn't exactly agree his film deserved the golden statuette, either.
In a recent interview with HitFix about his upcoming HBO miniseries "Show Me A Hero," Haggis reflected on his double-Oscar win ("Crash" also won Hughes Winborne an Academy Award that year for Best Editing). "Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so," Haggis told HitFix before listing off the other great nominees from that year, which included Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," Bennett Miller's "Capote," George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck" and Steven Spielberg's "Munich." "I mean please," Haggis said, "what a year."
While the director says he's proud his film touched people enough to earn an award, he doesn't think it should've won. "I'm very glad to have those Oscars," Haggis said. "But you shouldn’t ask me what the best film of the year was because I wouldn’t be voting for 'Crash,' only because I saw the artistry that was in the other films."
Regardless of award show recognition and backlash, does the filmmaker believe he made a "great" film in retrospect? "I don’t know," he told the website. And that, ladies and gentleman, is the sound of the final nail in the "Crash" coffin (we hope).
For the full interview, head to HitFix.
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