Hate to have to point it out, but the Oscars have actually always been "so white," even in the year that it honored a movie that's all about racism (but in a way that won't make white people feel uncomfortable, because it depicts everyone as racist) with the Best Picture Oscar. So, ten years later, let's look at the Oscar nominees for the 2005 film year, focusing mainly on the "big six" categories.
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Since winning in the big award ten years ago, Crash has gone on to be considered one of the worst Best Picture winners ever, and it's hard to argue with that. Crash is heavy handed and pandering, tackling its subject in the most superficial way possible, though it features several great performances nevertheless. Also nominated were Brokeback Mountain, the one actual masterpiece of the Best Picture lineup and a film that, at the time, several Academy members went on record as saying that they wouldn't even watch because of its subject matter; Capote, a finely rendered biographical film about Truman Capote writing his true crime book In Cold Blood; Good Night, and Good Luck., a politically charged film about Edward R. Murrow's battle with Joseph McCarthy and the power of the media as a voice of dissent; and Munich, Steven Spielberg's drama about Israeli retaliation for the massacre of its athletes at the Munich Olympics. To be honest, of the nominated films, Brokeback is the only one I would actually nominate for Best Picture, though Capote, Good Night and Good Luck., and Munich are all films that have their strengths and would at least make my long list for best of the year.
I Would Nominate: Brokeback Mountain, Cache, L'Enfant, A History of Violence, The Squid and the Whale
Also Worth Considering: The Constant Gardener, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Grizzly Man, The New World, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Tsotsi