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Bob Knight on the Oscars

We can add “film critic” to the list of hobbies of the penis-possessing Robert Knight of Concerned Women for America’s Culture and Family Institute. He’s moaning because Brokeback Mountain received too many nominations, but mitigates this development by saying it’s a victory that it only garnered eight nods considering the buzz the film received. He’s also whining that family-friendly, Christian subtexted Narnia was shut out of major noms. In fact, Bob’s panties are bunched up because too many queer-flavored flicks were honored.

OK, so “Brokeback Mountain,” the Wyoming sheepherder epic filmed in politically correct Canada (a tad less so since the election), galloped away with – count ’em – eight Oscar nominations, including all the biggies.

Anyone acting even a bit surprised should get an Academy Award.

It wasn’t just “Brokeback.” Another film, “Capote,” about the late homosexual writer Truman Capote, garnered five major nominations – Best Picture, Director (Bennett Miller), Actor (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener) and Adapted Screenplay. “Transamerica,” the story of a man who thinks he’s a woman, managed to get one major nomination – Best Actress (Felicity Huffman of “Desperate Housewives” notability, who plays the guy in the dress), plus Original Song (“Travelin’ Thru”).

By contrast, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the C.S. Lewis classic, was shut out of the major categories.

…”Brokeback” was billed in some newspaper ads as “a good old-fashioned love story,” which should have triggered an advertising fraud inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission.

Whatever its merits, this flick is not an “old-fashioned love story,” in which, as most people understand it, the guy meets the girl, sparks fly, he marries her and they live happily ever after. The hero in such a flick does not – and this apparently bears repeating – does not lust after his good buddy. Not even a sly glance. That would get him a rather rude response, not a slew of Oscar nominations.

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