CTCS 192 Study Guide for Midterm

CTCS 192 Study Guide for Midterm - Crash 05:45 1stVersion...

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Crash 05:45 1 st  Version Crash  won  the Academy Award  for Best Picture in 2005 Academy Awards The broadcast in the past had been the second most watched TV program of the entire  year, after the Super Bowl Has a great deal of presence in American culture It is an award show in which the industry awards and acknowledges  itself Boyd's point : How do we determine the Best Picture of the Year? There is no objective  method to decide which is the Best Picture- Industry awards itself based on very  subjective criteria; how can you decide the “Best Picture” objectively or really any other  award for that matter If we decide a sports award—there are statistics involved at least, the conversation  would be connected to a set of facts in terms of determining winner When Hollywood decides it's Best Picture, it is essentially giving it it's “Stamp of  Approval” In the end, the Academy Awards are promoting its own industry—it is Public Relations  for films suggests that although the industry is interested in commerce, it also is capable  of producing art Declining viewer numbers, Oscar was no longer drawing in young audiences They expanded the number of films in the categories to allow for commercially viable  films to be nominated Crash was a surprise winner Hollywood the institution is not liberal, though some celebrities within are; instead, it is  just the opposite b/c it is a conservative industry driven by commerce Wikipedia shut down yesterday: Hollywood (old media) is an entity set up to make  money by any means necessary; Wiki is (new media)(internet); Hollywood is on the side  to censor the internet The other picture in contention was  Brokeback Mountain  (gay cowboys), at a time when  gay marriage was in contention in the government, Racial issues have been in public  conversation much longer than gay issues have been in public conversation. It was an  embrace, it was easier 
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Characters: Lots of different people are represented in the film. It is reductive in  suggesting to us that we are dealing with a level playing field, that all races are  represented and that all are equal because each commits good and bad acts. Equality is not the case in America so the above is no realistic.  Ryan Philippe’s character: matters of racism often come down to appearance vs. reality He didn’t want to appear racist to his peers so he asked for a transfer; there is a social  stigma to being “openly racist” In the end, however, his racist assumption had him shoot the black man for  “pulling out  a gun” Actions speak louder than words 
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