February 14, 2002

Cornell Cinema

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The Oscars were somewhat of a cinematic Super Bowl last year with gladiators facing off against kung fu warriors. For the first time in the history of the awards show of all awards shows, Hollywood was a little wet around the temples when it came to the announcement of the Best Picture winner. The great force that was Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon had swept the megaplexes of this entertainment imbued society and threatened to be the first foreign film to walk away with the most coveted of all statuettes. The movie moguls of L.A. hated to think that the symbol of all things good and righteous in Tinseltown might be taken away from its sanctuary to reside in a foreign land.

However, it shouldn’t have come as such a shock to either the American movie industry, or the American movie-going public that a foreign film could transcend the craft perfected in the Hollywood hills. Many would argue that Ang Lee did just that with his pi