"Brokeback Mountain" is a good film, but not a great film.  The only award that it might deserve is for Heath Ledger’s acting, which was very good.  Any other awards it has already gotten, and will surely get, are primarily based on the fact that this is a movie about gay cowboys, and the studio played this edgy/controversial card to the hilt.  So, kudos to Focus Features for figuring out how to win some awards and garnish good reviews with a film that doesn’t really deserve them.

And kudos to me for my remarkable powers of prediction, based primarily on my overwhelming cynicism about Hollywood.

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