N.Y. Daily News critic Jack Matthews speculating why Crash won and Brokeback didn’t. (1) “Enough Academy voters found the gay subject matter of Brokeback Mountain too uncomfortable to sit through, meaning they abandoned their professional responsibility and didn’t watch all five nominated films”; (2) Lionsgate “simply bought the grand prize by outspending everyone else in a $4 million campaign that included mailing DVDs to each of the 130,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild” and thus “a combination of everybody seeing Crash and some refusing to watch Brokeback Mountain“; and (3) Crash‘s subject matter — racism, fear, and intolerance on the streets of L.A. — “hit Academy members where most of them live.” I think all three of these reasons were factors.