Crash - Didn't do much for me. Just didn't really care about the characters
Brokeback Mountain - It was pretty good, mostly because of the secondary characters.
Capote- My choice. Loved the Acting, loved the complex multi-layerd story, Loved the historical settings, just loved it.
Good Night and Good Luck - My second choice. Held my interest better than all the other movies.
St. Elizabeth, Patron Saint of Themed parks. Protect us from break downs, long lines, and used gum. Amen.
"Dance like it hurts, love like you need money, and work when people are watching" - Dogbert
If you look at the major reviews of Crash last year, it wasn't well received. Many said that it was a weak version of what Robert Altman's Short Cuts and Magnolia had done before and so much better.
Crash was an actors' film and had a huge cast. They comprise more than 25% of the Academy's voting membership and a very smart campaign on the part of the Crash producers reached them in a big way. Notice, too that the film wasn't put into theatrical circulation after the nominations. They went for the voters big time with marketing packages.
Also, one of the biggest laughs of the evening's broadcast was when "what's his name" asked everyone who wasn't in the cast of Crash to stand.