“If Crash wins the Best Picture Oscar, it won’t just take home a statuette [but will] claim a new title: the most indefensible Best Picture winner since 1956’s tax shelter spectacle Around the World in 80 Days,” says Matt Zoller Seitz on his “House Next Door” blog. “Yes, I admit, the movie’s more primally exciting than, say, American Beauty or A Beautiful Mind or The English Patient, and more superficially ‘edgy.’ But it’s also dumber and meaner and uglier, an Importance Machine that rolls over you like a tank.” Wow…no one I’ve read has slammed Paul Haggis‘s film quite as heavily. I’d love to hear Seitz argue his point with unbridled Crash admirer Roger Ebert.