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February 1, 2017 at 8:53 am #1202000804
Confessions of an Oscar voter #1: “La La Land is overrated.”
Hello, Oscar voter. Are you as gaga about La La Land as everyone else?
No, I’m not, and I can’t understand how it got 14 nominations. I just don’t get it. I thought it was a fine, good movie, but I won’t vote for it at all. My favorite was Hell or High Water. I thought it really captured America in a different way. I loved the acting, script, direction, and photography.
Why is everyone so crazy for La La Land?
I’m trying to figure it out. I think because it’s set in L.A. and it’s about the industry and they’re all narcissists. It got more nominations than The Godfather. How can they compare it? They’re mediocre singers and dancers, and there’s not one good song in the movie, as opposed to Singin’ in the Rain or other classic musicals. It’s a poor imitation. I’ll be embarrassed when it wins.February 1, 2017 at 9:00 am #1202000818
For Best Actress, will you go with Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Streep, or Ruth Negga?
I did not nominate any of them. I’m gonna have a hard time on this. I nominated Kate Beckinsale for Love & Friendship, Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte for Julieta, and Kate Winslet for The Dressmaker. I thought she was really great. I thought Emma Stone was fine, but I didn’t see anything that was a stretch. I didn’t like Jackie at all—I detested it, and I thought Natalie was fine, but I didn’t see anything great about it. I thought Ruth Negga played it one-note, and when I saw the documentary on that couple, the real woman was so much more animated and fun and you could see why he fell in love with her. But Ruth chose to play this downtrodden woman. As for Isabelle Huppert, I like that director [Paul Verhoeven]—he’s kind of brave, and I liked her in it, but I thought she played it on the same note. You get beat up, you get raped, and you’re still playing it the same way. There has to be some reaction to the brutality that’s happened to you. I didn’t see any change. I thought Florence Foster Jenkins was OK. Hugh Grant should have gotten the nomination, but I don’t want to see Meryl get anything for it. I want to open this up to other people. I’m tired of Meryl. I wish Annette Bening had gotten nominated [for 20th Century Women] instead of Meryl.
So you’ll vote for…?
Definitely not Meryl or Natalie or Ruth, and I don’t want to vote for Emma, though she was adorable. But I’ll probably wind up voting for Isabelle at this point. I have to think this over.
He’s voting for Isabelle Huppert for Best Actress. Woohoo.February 1, 2017 at 9:02 am #1202000823
What the fuck? I always get disgusted with these type of voters who are so basic in their criticism like that.February 1, 2017 at 9:03 am #1202000825
Though I’m glad it recognized La La Land as overrated trite.February 1, 2017 at 9:20 am #1202000854
I’m titillated he found LLL overrated and overnominated, but the comments on the lead actress nominees were so lousy. I have to remember that these are the same people who admit to not watching the other Best Animated Film nominees and automatically voting Disney/Pixar because that’s the one they took their kid to.February 1, 2017 at 9:43 am #1202000869
Is that for real? Huppert gave perfect, internalized performance. If he didn’t see her range, then it was his problem. Very basic but these are just people too.February 1, 2017 at 9:54 am #1202000873
This prick has voted for Beckinsale, Suarez and Ugarte so I can’t get that mad at him. He went with underdogs (and The Dressmaker is probably the best Winslet has been in years) so he has to have some taste. Although how he described Isabelle’s performance is quite was quite offensive. But at least he’s voting for her so yay?
And he hated LLL so he truly can’t be that bad lolFebruary 1, 2017 at 10:10 am #1202000880
This prick has voted for Beckinsale, Suarez and Ugarte so I can’t get that mad at him. He went with underdogs (and The Dressmaker is probably the best Winslet has been in years) so he has to have some taste. Although how he described Isabelle’s performance is quite was quite offensive. But at least he’s voting for her so yay? And he hated LLL so he truly can’t be that bad lol
Also, I love how she called Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone mediocre singers. “They can’t sing and they can’t dance.” LOL.February 1, 2017 at 10:21 am #1202000891
I don’t agree with much he said but I do agree about LaLa. It is a good movie and I liked it but 14 nominations seems a big exaggerated and I just can’t believe its going to win as many as it likely will and be held in such high regard.February 1, 2017 at 10:37 am #1202000901
Basic voter, but voted for Huppert, so he’s forgiven. LolFebruary 1, 2017 at 10:40 am #1202000903
People love these ‘confessions’ when it shows a voter agreeing with their opinion, yet slate them whenever they disagree. Yawn.February 1, 2017 at 10:47 am #1202000909
This guy should abstain from voting from Best Actress since it upsets his sensibilities and tastes so much. There comes a point where you have to deal with what’s nominated and make the best out of the so-called worst. Not surprised someone like this would think that “La La Land” is overrated or how dare he be called out for his crap and hypocrisy. Whatever.February 1, 2017 at 10:52 am #1202000913
You can’t please everyone.
Yet the same “overrated” films/performances will be nominated every year regardless.February 1, 2017 at 11:06 am #1202000921
Why do these have to make me cringe EVERY year? And the fact that they are in the actor’s branch is scaaaary. I’m glad they’re still voting for Viggo, even though they didn’t like the film. It always pisses me off when they write off a performance just because they didn’t care for the film.