Oscar voters are a very mysterious bunch. Who are these * people who choose the most * film awards around? One Oscar voter revealed the thoughts behind his votes to The Hollywood Reporter in the first part of an ongoing series which will include five Oscar voters. This Oscar voter is not easily impressed at all — he found flaws in just about everything and is not a fan of animated movies. It's pretty entertaining to read. Voter, as he shall be known going forward, is part of the director's branch of the Academy which includes 377 members. The entire Academy consists of over 6,000 members, so even though Voter admits to voting for friends and against enemies, at least we can hope that those votes are leveled out with those from the other members. It's probably just wishful thinking.
Here are some of Voter's snarkiest quotes:
On Gravity Director Alfonso Cuarón: "Cuaron was part of a committee of technicians who made that movie, and I have seen things at the planetarium that were at least as impressive."
On Her: "Her interested me because of my complete ignorance of everything in it — it was like sitting through a class that I wasn't necessarily enjoying but that I knew was good for me. (And just because I fall asleep in a movie doesn't necessarily mean I don't admire and like it; I've actually occasionally fallen asleep in my own movies.)"
On Meryl Streep In August: Osage County: "This is a bottom-drawer performance."
On Julia Roberts In August: Osage County: "Horrendous." (Guess he didn't like August: Osage County...)
On Before Midnight's Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay: "Before Midnight is a travesty of ineptitude and dreadful writing, like the other two in that horrible trilogy — if I was sitting next to those people, I would run in the opposite direction."
On Best Animated Feature: "I have seen none of them. I have no interest whatsoever. That ended when I was 6." (Voter abstained from voting in this category.)
On Best Original Song: "To dignify any of them with a vote is to suggest that they're worthy of a nomination, and they're not; they're just bad songs." (Voter also abstained from voting in in this category.)
On Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street: "DiCaprio has been better; this is a popcorn performance."
For Best Picture and the acting categories, Voter chose:
Best Picture: American Hustle (with 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, coming in second and third.)
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
Best Actor: Christian Bale
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actor: Bradley Cooper (Although, he admits that "Jared Leto was good and will win."
It's interesting to get a feel for how Oscar voters make their decisions, but I have a feeling they aren't all quite as harsh. A Best Original Song does get chosen after all. Someone must be willing to vote for it.