These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Award Snub: Movie critics generally see the decision to award Crash with Best Picture over Brokeback as one of the biggest Oscar mistakes of the decade, if not all time. It's become an even greater consensus in the years since, as Crash has not aged well compared to that year's other Best Picture contenders. The voters are commonly accused of wimping out by awarding a movie with the relatively safe message of "racism is bad."
Awesome Music: The music from the trailer ("The Wings") is very touching, and it became a staple of slashyFan Vids. But it's very cool on its own merits.
Best Known for the Fanservice: The way people talk about this movie, you'd think it consists solely of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal having sex in a tent, plus a part with Anne Hathaway topless.
Double Standard: Jack and Ennis cheating on their wives? Jerk Asses, or a pair of guys caught between a rock and a hard place? One could argue that in a more accepting society, they would never have felt pressured to marry women in the first place, and thus never cheat on anyone. Especially seeing as there were clear examples where openly gay/suspected gay men would be killed off horribly.
Gays and lesbians in that era commonly entered into opposite-sex marriages. It was a social expectation, and homosexuality was in fact still a crime in most states. Between the threat of violence, the threat of prosecution and other problems there seemed to be little choice. Also, it was widely believed that homosexuality could be "cured" by making the effort to be with the opposite-sex.
Part of the reason for all the jokes about the premise (and the subsequent misinformation about the men's jobs) was a South Park gag from years before Brokeback Mountain was made about all independent movies being about "gay cowboys eating pudding"; there may not be any pudding, but otherwise... Matt Stone and Trey Parker in fact commented in an interview:
Stone: If they have pudding in that movie, I’m going to lose my mind.
Parker: No, if there’s pudding eating in there, we’re going to sue.
Jake Gyllenhaal's sister Maggie played Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight, in which Ledger played the Joker. Her character dies, too.
For that matter, Jake was apparently considered for the role of Harvey Dent.
For Batman, before Begins was in production. That would have put a whole new spin on Joker's line "You complete me." (...okay, maybe exactly the same spin.)
Internet Backdraft: At the time, whether this movie should have won over Crash was quite the debate-starter (to say nothing of those who think neither deserved to win). Now, while it's still not consensus that Brokeback was the best film that year, most film critics agree that Crash should not have beaten it.
Some were rather upset about the movie centering on a gay couple, to the point of fears that Heath Ledger would jump out of the screen and rape the audience.
Also, the battle-cry of all guys with man-crushes: "No Brokeback!"
The music of "The Wings," just put the music over clips(with The Shawshank Redemption theme in the second half of the clip) with Heterosexual Life-Partners from pop culture like Star Trek, Back to The Future, Harry Potter, it becomes instantly gay. It's extremely popular for making Fan Vids.
"Playing Brokeback" has entered the modern Hong Kong vocabulary, meaning homosexual relationships.
Ennis' father knew he was gay. That's why he made him look at that dead gay guy.
But Ennis was NINE when that happened...
Kids get kid crushes. It's logical gay people would too, rather than bi/homosexuality always magically manifesting at adulthood. Not to mention that back in those days, people still had the attitude that something happened to "make" you gay (given the numerous attempts at "fixing" it with therapy and hospitalization). Even if his father didn't suspect anything at such a young age, he may have thought that making him see something like that would scare it out of him, just in case.