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    James Breheney
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    I might do a few of these because I think it’s interesting to think about if a controversial/unpopular Best Picture winner from the five nominee/plurality vote era would have won on a preferential ballot. First up is Crash.

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    Unfortunately yes. Brokeback Mountain would’ve been just as disadvantaged on a preferential ballot with its leisurely pace and subject matter; you can bet those bigoted assholes in the Academy would’ve tanked it while putting Crash at #1.

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    The question is what margin did Crash win by? And would the voters of Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck and Munich have preferred Brokeback Mountain over Crash by enough of a margin to overturn the result.

    Gut feeling, it was very close and those voters probably would have gone more to Brokeback Mountain than Crash. So I think there is a decent chance the answer is no.

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    Absolutely. It was less divisive and controversial than Brokeback (at the time). And nobody cared about the other nominees.

    2005 in fact to me is the weakest year of the 21st Century.

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    Unfortunately yes. Brokeback Mountain would’ve been just as disadvantaged on a preferential ballot with its leisurely pace and subject matter; you can bet those bigoted assholes in the Academy would’ve tanked it while putting Crash at #1.

    Crash wouldn’t even have needed the most #1 votes. All it would’ve needed was to be placed above Brokeback on enough ballots  of the other Best Picture nominees.

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    If green book can win on a preferential ballot nearly anything can

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    James Breheney
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    If green book can win on a preferential ballot nearly anything can

    Green Book wasn’t divisive in the industry. It was only film twitter that attacked it. The Academy and general audiences loved it.

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    Green Book wasn’t divisive in the industry. It was only film twitter that attacked it. The Academy and general audiences loved it.

    If it wasnt divisive then it would have got a best director nom.

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    Crash wouldn’t even have needed the most #1 votes. All it would’ve needed was to be placed above Brokeback on enough ballots of the other Best Picture nominees.

     

    Basically this. It definitely doesn’t seem like a #1 movie, but it is the definition of a #2 and #3 kind of movie. It would’ve had broad support throughout.

    So yes, it would have easily won on a preferential ballot.

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    I originally voted NO but then after rethinking it, I do think it could’ve happened.

    I have to say the argument about BROKEBACK being 2 or 3 on the ballots of those who voted for the other three
    films seems like a viable case.

    I personally would’ve voted for GOODNIGHT AND GOOD LUCK and would’ve ranked BROKEBACK second or third (with CAPOTE).

    I do feel like we might have seen a few different winners throughout the 90s and 00s had they used preferential then.

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

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    Definitely. I think Crash is one of those obvious best picture picks due to its subject matter and that it was set in LA, how it could not have won, really?

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    If it wasnt divisive then it would have got a best director nom.

    The reason it didn’t get nominated for Director has nothing to do with the film itself. It was because Peter Farrelly is not a respected auteur director and we know how exclusive the directors branch can be with the snub of Ben Affleck being a prime example.

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