Well, if you used the Spiritual Popcorn Oscars as a gauge of predictability, I am sorry to disappoint. Out of eighteen categories, the Spiritual Popcorn slate only lined up with five of the actual Academy Awards winners.
But the one I am most happy about is the one that very few people predicted, which was the biggest prize of all: Crash for Best Picture.
By the end of the telecast Sunday night, I was glad that the Academy looked above and beyond political statements, and awarded a truly spiritually-engaged film the top award. It's not that Brokeback, Munich, Capote, or Good Night were un-spiritual; but in an age and society where America is at war with so many Arab countries, and in a country where we are polarized between red and blue states, we need to remember that our enemies are our neighbors, and we are called to love them all no matter what (cf. Luke 10:37).
Crash reminds us of that message, and for that, I applaud its win.