Tennessee pride: Reese Witherspoon made the hometown crowd proud tonight when she won the Oscar for best actress for portraying June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. A very deserving winner and classy acceptance speech. I can’t recall another Nashville-native ever winning in a major category.
And a Memphis rap group won the Oscar for a song from Hustle & Flow, a movie set in Memphis I blogged last year. Perhaps not the greatest acceptance speech ever, but certainly one of the most memorable. And while it may come as a shock for those who know my musical tastes (more Dolly than 36 Mafia), as I saw the movie Hustle & Flow and understand the importance of the song in film, I think it was the correct choice.
Update: Big surprise about Crash winning the Oscar for the best film. I’m surprised because it’s perhaps the first time I’ve ever seen a winner in that category twice before it won. I didn’t recommend it when I saw it as it’s not an easy or enjoyable film to watch. After seeing it the second time, I decided it was a much better crafted film than I first thought — and there are certain things about it that are brilliant — but still, it’s rather heavy-handedly didactic (or is that heavily-handed?).