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  • Kyle Bailey
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    EW and Hollywood Reporter always have great articles featuring actual Oscar voters giving their picks and explantions and sometimes you find out some voters are really on your side on what we would actually pick and not what’s popular. 

    Oscars: 10 Academy members reveal how they’re voting, and why

    Behold, EW’s annual Secret Oscar Ballot

    BY NICOLE SPERLING

    Posted February 18 2015 — 12:03 PM EST

    EW spoke with 10 Academy members from nine different branches about this year’s races. Here, they explain (anonymously) how they’re casting their votes. Our cast of characters includes:

     • The Actor: Has worked with the greats— and the not-so-greats—in a long career

    • The Producer (1): Responsible for some of the best TV and movies from the past 30 years

    • The Director: Achieved notable successes in both the indie world and more commercial endeavors 

    • The Publicist: Tackled corporate and film PR; there is little this industry veteran hasn’t done

    • The Sound Mixer: Helped craft the audio on several of the biggest block- busters of the past decade

    • The Animation Director: Made a major contribution to the world of animation, and has done so quickly

    • The Producer (2): Has shepherded many hit book adaptations over a lengthy career

    • The Documentarian: Creates award-winning non- fiction films with a focus on social issues

    • The Studio Executive: Has strived within the system to bring strong, challenging films to theaters 

    • The Writer: Began career with family-friendly films, then segued into dramas and tentpoles

    Best Picture

    Boyhood—3 votes
    Birdman—2 votes
    The Grand Budapest Hotel—2 votes
    Whiplash—2 votes Selma—1 vote
    Other nominees:
    American Sniper
    The Imitation Game
    The Theory of Everything

    The Studio Executive: Birdman tried to be something that it wasn’t, and it was all style to get there. Grand Budapest is all style, but what it tried to be, it absolutely was: a great story with romance, fun, and entertainment.

    The Actor: What’s extraordinary about Boyhood is the hidden player in this drama—time—and how it plays on all the characters. I’ve never seen it before. It’s unbelievable. Subtle and earth-shattering at the same time.

    The Documentarian: Birdman. It’s the highest realization of cinematic art. It’s poetic. The cinematography is brilliant. The script is brilliant. On the whole it’s a stunning achievement.

    Best Director

    Richard Linklater, Boyhood6 votes
    Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman—3 votes
    Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel—1 vote
    Other nominees:
    Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
    Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

    The Director: Both Birdman and Boyhood did something special directorially, but I’m going with Linklater. It was brilliant, brave, and it could have been a disaster. People say anybody could do that, but in fact, no one has.

    The Producer (1): I’ve been torn between Linklater and Anderson, but I’m going with Linklater. I think he did something very daring and original, and we have to keep celebrating those kinds of things.

    The Animation Director: Iñárritu made a movie that by all rights shouldn’t have worked, and I found it continually amazing. I sat there in a daze after watching it, not sure what it all amounts to, but the work itself is astounding.

    Best Actress

    Julianne Moore, Still Alice6 votes
    Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl—2 votes
    Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night—1 vote
    Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything—1 vote
    Other nominee:
    Reese Witherspoon, Wild

    The Sound Mixer: God, I love Julianne Moore. I’ve always loved her. She’s always good, and I have respect that she’s stuck it out in this business. It’s never easy and it’s even harder for women. God bless her.

    The Writer: I liked Reese in Wild. I just don’t know that the performance was so amazing. I guess I’m voting for Julianne. It was a good, thoughtful performance of someone falling apart. 

    The Publicist: I feel bad for anybody who is not Julianne Moore in this race. It’s such a raw, powerful, and extraordinary performance. It may be her finest.

    Best Actor

    Michael Keaton, Birdman—6 votes
    Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything—3 votes
    Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game—1 vote
    Other nominees:
    Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
    Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

    The Documentarian: I’ll pick Keaton, but I wanted to pick David Oyelowo from Selma. Here’s a case where our members blew it.

    The Publicist: I’m going with Keaton, but I think it should be Eddie Redmayne. Keaton gave a brilliant performance, and I will also admit that beyond that, I’m recognizing a career.

    The Sound Mixer: Benedict Cumberbatch. I really liked that performance. It was a complicated character with a singular vision, and he pulled it off well. I’m not familiar with him from anything else. It was refreshing.

    Best Supporting Actress

    Patricia Arquette, Boyhood—6 votes
    Meryl Streep, Into the Woods—2 votes
    Emma Stone, Birdman—1 vote
    Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game—1 vote
    Other nominee:
    Laura Dern, Wild

    The Producer (1): Patricia Arquette. She came across as so incredibly real. Her definition of a mother and her relationship to her family and herself change in such wonderful ways. 

    The Actor: Meryl blew me away. When she sings that song about her daughter, she made me cry. She probably won’t win but she deserves to.

    The Writer: Arquette. There was a seamlessness to her performance that makes it seem so much easier than what it is. She had to fill in these emotional gaps without exposition. That’s what made it so powerful.

    Best Supporting Actor

    J.K. Simmons, Whiplash—7 votes
    Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher—3 votes
    Other nominees:
    Robert Duvall, The Judge
    Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
    Edward Norton, Birdman

    The Actor: I’m disappointed that J.K. Simmons is a presumed lock. He’s playing a sociopathic son of a bitch, and that doesn’t require nearly the work nor the emotional depth that Mark Ruffalo uses in Foxcatcher

    The Writer: J.K. Simmons’ role harkens back to The Great Santini, but he did it in such a controlled way. What I found extraordinary was he never went over the top. His performance brought the whole movie alive.

    The Producer (2): J.K. all day. That movie would be so different with any other actor. A lot of actors could have done it, but it wouldn’t have been as interesting. He dominates the movie in a way that’s amazing.

    Originally posted February 18 2015 — 12:03 PM EST

     

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    Oscar Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot: “There’s No Art to ‘Selma,'” ‘Boyhood’ “Uneven”
    7:30 AM PST 2/18/2015 by Scott Feinberg

     
    An anonymous female Academy member gives Patricia Arquette a nod “for having no work done in 12 years,” says she “could have watched my hair grow” during ‘Foxcatcher’ and resented ‘Selma’ filmmakers wearing “I can’t breathe” T-shirts.

    This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member — who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees — about her ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

    VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 378-member public relations branch.

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    First, let me say that I’m tired of all of this talk about “snubs” — I thought for every one of [the snubs] there was a justifiable reason. What no one wants to say out loud is that Selma is a well-crafted movie, but there’s no art to it. If the movie had been directed by a 60-year-old white male, I don’t think that people would have been carrying on about it to the level that they were. And as far as the accusations about the Academy being racist? Yes, most members are white males, but they are not the cast of Deliverance — they had to get into the Academy to begin with, so they’re not cretinous, snaggletoothed hillbillies. When a movie about black people is good, members vote for it. But if the movie isn’t that good, am I supposed to vote for it just because it has black people in it? I’ve got to tell you, having the cast show up in T-shirts saying “I can’t breathe” [at their New York premiere] — I thought that stuff was offensive. Did they want to be known for making the best movie of the year or for stirring up shit?

    American Sniper is the winner of the year, whether or not it gets a single statuette, because for all of us in the movie industry — I don’t care what your politics are — it is literally the answer to a prayer for a midrange budget movie directed by an 84-year-old guy [Clint Eastwood] to do this kind of business. It shows that a movie can galvanize America and shows that people will go if you put something out that they want to see. With regard to what it did or didn’t leave out, it’s a movie, not a documentary. I enjoyed it, I thought it was well done, and I can separate out the politics from the filmmaking.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel, like American Sniper, is a big hero this year because it shows that people can and will remember how much they loved a movie, even if it comes out in March. I am not a Wes Anderson fan, but as his movies go, I liked it.

     Birdman is a great job by Fox Searchlight — it’s a weird, quirky movie that they did a really good job of selling. I never thought that it would make it all the way to the finish line like it has — but then I remember that it’s about a tortured actor, and when you think about who is doing the voting, at SAG and the Academy, it’s a lot of other tortured actors. I just don’t know how much it’s resonating out in the world. I mean, American Sniper made more in its third weekend in wide release than Birdman has made in its entirety.

    If you told me when I saw Boyhood that it would win best picture — or even be in the running — I would have told you that you were insane. Watching it, I thought it was ambitious and a directorial triumph, but the kid was uneven and Patricia Arquetteprobably was sorry she agreed to let them film her age over 12 years. I never thought, “Wow, this is the one!”

    The funny thing about Whiplash is that while the rest of the world thinks that the J.K. Simmons character is an overbearing, horrible monster, there are many people in Hollywood who would model themselves on that character. As for the film itself, it’s a very traditional story, in some ways, about mentoring and excellence — that kind of movie has existed since [the 1933 film] 42nd Street. “You’re gonna go out there, and I’m gonna yell at you that you can do better, and you’re not gonna like me for it but then you will.”

    The Theory of Everything is, to me, the Merchant-Ivory movie of the year — that and The Imitation Game both occupy that kind of Britishy slot. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. They got a good start in Toronto, and [Eddie Redmayne‘s] performance is very strong. But it’s what I call a “filler” nominee: It’s one of those movies that people write in but that doesn’t stand a chance of winning.

    On paper, The Imitation Game seemed to be the one to me. It’s a great story, well-crafted, [Benedict Cumberbatch] is really good and it’s been a big success. It’s what you call “prestige filmmaking.” So why isn’t it receiving more recognition? I’d like to believe it’s karma for Harvey [Weinstein]. But I’m going to hold my nose and vote for it anyway because when you vote for best picture, what you should try to do is vote for the movie that, years from now, people will still watch and talk about. For some years, it’s like, “Huh?! Around the World in 80 Days [the winner for 1956] won best picture? Are you kidding me?” So I try to vote in a way so that, in 50 years, people aren’t going to go, “Huh?!” MY VOTE: (1) The Imitation Game; (2) Birdman; (3) American Sniper; (4) Boyhood; (5) The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    I’m voting for Richard Linklater. I think that what he did — as a “thing” — is extraordinary. I’m absolutely comfortable with breaking up picture and director; I wouldn’t know [The Imitation Game‘s] Morten Tyldum if I walked into him. I thought all of the others were fine except for one: I could have watched my hair grow during Foxcatcher — it was so slow. MY VOTE: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

    âž» BEST ACTOR

    I’m voting for [Birdman‘s] Michael Keaton because I love him and for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is he seems like a completely sane person who lives in the middle of the country and works when he wants to work. I’ve loved every interview that he’s done. He seems grateful, not particularly needy, and I don’t know when he’ll ever get another chance at this; the other nominees will. What Keaton had to do was harder than what the others had to do because they had the benefit of playing real people. I mean, Eddie Redmaynedid an amazing impression of Stephen Hawking, but Keaton created a character from whole cloth. MY VOTE: Michael Keaton (Birdman)

    âž» BEST ACTRESS

    I’m not sorry that Jennifer Aniston isn’t nominated; she was fine, but I thought her movie [Cake] was ridiculous. [Two Days, One Night‘s] Marion Cotillard gave a really good performance, and I was glad she made it through. [The Theory of Everything‘s] Felicity Jones was fine, but she kind of came in on the ticket with [Redmayne]. I didn’t like Gone Girl [which starred Rosamund Pike]. Reese [Witherspoon in Wild] was very good, but that movie was not. But the minute I saw Still Alice, I remember thinking, “This [best actress race] is over. Four other women are going to have to get dressed and go to 5,000 dinners knowing they have no chance.” MY VOTE: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

    âž» BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Robert Duvall [for The Judge] was an “Uh-huh, sure, fine.” [Boyhood‘s] Ethan Hawkegave a very strong performance. Edward Norton was great in Birdman — he was hilarious. And even though I didn’t like Foxcatcher, I have to say Mark Ruffalo was good. But J.K. Simmons‘ performance was in a different league. It’s kind of ironic that he’s in “supporting,” right? I’m voting for him because he was great in the movie — and because he was in 5,000 episodes of Law & Order. In other words, he’s been acting forever, I’ve seen enough of his work to know he is a journeyman, and I’m happy to be able to recognize him. MY VOTE: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

    âž» BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    [Wild‘s] Laura Dern was good, but I didn’t think she was as good as [A Most Violent Year‘s] Jessica ChastainKeira Knightley was fine and got in on the [Imitation Game] ticket. Emma Stone was pretty good [in Birdman], but she can do no wrong — she’s like Meryl Streep, although I wish [the film for which Streep is nominated] Into the Woodsstopped after 20 minutes. But I’m voting for Arquette. She gets points for working on a film for 12 years and bonus points for having no work done during the 12 years. If she had had work done during the 12 years, she would not be collecting these statues. It’s a bravery reward. It says, “You’re braver than me. You didn’t touch your face for 12 years. Way to freakin’ go!” MY VOTE: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

     âž» BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    I put in the Inherent Vice screener, and it became apparent that it’s a terrible, incoherent movie, so I turned it off. I thought it was not possible for me to hate something more than I hated The Master, but I hated this more. MY VOTE: The Imitation Game

    âž» BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    I’m not voting for Nightcrawler — that was really unpleasant. With Foxcatcher, they said seven words in the whole movie and the rest of it was people staring at each other, so I’m not voting for that. I didn’t really get the sense of a screenplay with Boyhood — it was more like they just turned on the camera once a year. Birdman and Budapest were both pretty clever, but I liked Birdman more. MY VOTE: Birdman

    âž» BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

    If you can call anything a “snub,” this year, it was The Lego Movie, which was one of the best movies of the year. I don’t know what happened there, but it is inconceivable to me. Of the five they did nominate, my favorite is Big Hero 6, which was adorable and original. MY VOTE: Big Hero 6

    âž» BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

    I thought Finding Vivian Maier was the most interesting. I don’t get the whole Citizenfourthing — he [Edward Snowden] is annoying, he has a little bit of a God complex and a lot of what’s in there I felt I’d seen in other places. MY VOTE: Finding Vivian Maier

     âž» BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

    I haven’t seen enough of them to vote. MY VOTE: I abstain.

    âž» BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    The Birdman single-shot thing gave me a headache. Roger Deakins did a great job on Unbroken and he deserves to finally win one of these, but the cinematography was amazing on Grand Budapest HotelMY VOTE: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    âž» BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    If you’re going to do it, do it. They went for it with the Budapest costumes. The rest of them just looked like the same old thing. I know some people are excited about Into the Woods, but to me it just looked like that fairy-tale show that ABC airs Sunday nights [Once Upon a Time]. MY VOTE: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    âž» BEST FILM EDITING

    I usually talk to an editor before I vote for this category, and this year he confirmed what I already felt: Whiplash was very well edited, but Boyhood was a unique job. Cutting 12 years of crap down to a decent length can’t be easy. MY VOTE: Boyhood

     BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

    I was happy to have the chance to vote for Guardians of the Galaxy. It could have and should have been nominated for best picture; I nominated it. MY VOTE: Guardians of the Galaxy

    âž» BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    [Double-nominee AlexandreDesplat works so much that eventually he’ll win, but I didn’t particularly like the score for Budapest or The Imitation Game. I liked the score for The Theory of EverythingMY VOTE: The Theory of Everything

    âž» BEST ORIGINAL SONG

    It’s not even close for me: “Everything Is Awesome” is a great song and voting for it is a way to give something to The Lego MovieMY VOTE: “Everything Is Awesome”

    âž» BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

    It’s taken awhile for the “tweeness” of [Wes Anderson’s] movies to become accepted. It used to be much more of an acquired taste, but now it’s become much more mainstream. MY VOTE: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    âž» BEST SOUND EDITING

    âž» BEST SOUND MIXING

    I never vote for these categories because I have no idea what’s good sound or bad sound — and believe me, I’m not alone among Academy members. MY VOTE FOR BOTH: I abstain.

    âž» BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

    I don’t think I should be able to vote for this category either, but I can’t resist another opportunity to support Guardians of the Galaxy. It should get something. MY VOTE:Guardians of the Galaxy

    âž» BEST ANIMATED SHORT

    âž» BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

    âž» BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

    MY VOTE FOR ALL THREE: I abstain.

     

     

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    Thanks for the first post! I hadn’t seen that yet and found it very insightful. Despite being such a small sample size, it confirmed a lot of what I was already thinking the Academy thought about the nominees.

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    Number Two has spoken to Hollywood Reporter: 
     
     
    Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 2: Voter Finds ‘Whiplash’ “Offensive,” Doesn’t “Get” ‘Birdman’
    9:30 AM PST 2/19/2015 by Scott Feinberg

     VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 387-member short films and feature animation branch who has been nominated for an Oscar.

    âž» BEST PICTURE

    Whiplash is offensive — it’s a film about abuse and I don’t find that entertaining at all. My kid would have told me if he had an abusive teacher. I would have sat in on the class, talked to other kids in the class and then said, “This asshole has to go.” [The GrandBudapest [Hotel] is beautifully made, but its story just isn’t special. I didn’t think Selma was a particularly good film, apart from the main actor [David Oyelowo], and I think the outcry about the Academy being racists for not nominating it for more awards is offensive — we have a two-term president who is a black woman [Cheryl Boone Isaacs]  and we give out awards to black people when they deserve them, just like any other group. Birdman I didn’t get it at all — I look around and it’s doing so well and I just don’t get it. American Sniper glosses over feelings — how do you feel when you kill 170 people? You just see him hesitating in the one scene with the boy who briefly picks up the rocket and then you see him sitting at a bar looking depressed; that’s not enough. As far as The Imitation GameAlan Turing was very much defined by his repressed homosexuality, and I just don’t think the film deals with that very well. I admired Boyhood and it didn’t bore me, but it doesn’t totally work. But Theory [of Everything] I loved. It was the only one of the nominees that fully worked as a whole film — it was beautifully performed, nicely directed and it was about something — although Boyhood is pretty special for its own reasons. Just because the Academy gives you a preferential ballot with a bunch of lines doesn’t mean you have to fill them all out. Those are only two that I find worthy of the award.

    MY VOTE: (1) The Theory of Everything, (2) Boyhood

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    What he [Boyhood’s Richard Linklater] did is amazing. Trust me, it’s not easy to make a film over a few months. Twelve years? That’s incredible and demanded a lot of vision and effort. It’s not even close for me because I didn’t especially like the other nominee’s pictures. If [The Theory of Everything director] James Marsh had been nominated, it would have been a tougher call for me.

    MY VOTE: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

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    I’ve met Stephen Hawking and this guy [The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne] got him just right — he was the most believable character in all of the movies this year and it’s an amazing performance. I can’t vote for [Birdman’s MichaelKeaton, [The Imitation Game’s BenedictCumberbatch or [American Sniper’s BradleyCooper because I didn’t really like their movies. [Foxcatcher’s] Steve Carell was interesting — I went to school with some of the du Ponts and I believe it [the film’s story] — but the movie wasn’t great.

    MY VOTE: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

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    I loved the movie [The Theory of Everything] and I thought she [Felicity Jones] was great. [Still Alice’s] Julianne Moore and the others were all fine but in movies that leave a lot to be desired, and I just can’t separate a performance from the film it’s in.

    MY VOTE: Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)

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    [The Judge’s RobertDuvall was fine but he generally needs to do a better job of picking movies; like Bobby De Niro and Barbra Streisand, he would probably have a few more Oscars if he wasn’t in so many bad movies. The one who stood out to me was [Boyhood’s] Ethan Hawke — to sustain a performance over a decade is no easy thing.

    MY VOTE: Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)

    âž» BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    I loved Into the Woods a lot more than most people and her performance [Meryl Streep’s] is the main reason why. She’s unbelievable. And no, it doesn’t bother me that she’s won three times before; that’s not how you should be voting. The only other nominee who’s even close is [Boyhood’s] Patricia Arquette.

    MY VOTE: Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

    âž» BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Making a good film about a well-known real person is really challenging, so I again would go back to The Theory of Everything. Who knows if they got it right about the guys in American Sniper and The Imitation Game? And, to me, turning a short into a feature [Whiplash] is a lesser challenge.

    MY VOTE: The Theory of Everything

     âž» BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Boyhood was a very good film but I feel like they came up with the story as they went along. I thought Nightcrawler was masterful.

    MY VOTE: Nightcrawler

    âž» BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

    Where’s our Finding Nemo this year? It’s not a very great group. I liked Song [of the Sea] and The Tale [of the Princess Kaguya], but I’m voting for [How to Train YourDragon [2] because it was superbly entertaining and works on most levels, although its story could be a little better.

    MY VOTE: How to Train Your Dragon 2

    âž» BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

    I wasn’t blown away by [FindingVivian Maier or The Salt of the EarthLast Days in Vietnam is a well-made film but it’s not entirely engaging. The [EdwardSnowden film [Citizenfour] isn’t that well-made but it has great power because of its content. But with Virunga you have both content and a director who knows how to make a movie. Mountain gorillas are not the sexiest subject matter, but it’s just terrific.

    MY VOTE: Virunga

    âž» BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

    I liked Ida a lot, but Leviathan, to me, is hands-down the best film. I was so impressed with the control and the story. He [Andrey Zvyagintsev] is truly one of the masters of film in the world.

    MY VOTE: Leviathan

    âž» BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Ida worked on a lot of levels and it looks so good.

    MY VOTE: Ida

     âž» BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    To me, it’s between Maleficent and Into the Woods. How do you break the tie? Maleficentwas a lightweight and Into the Woods was genius.

    MY VOTE: Into the Woods

    âž» BEST FILM EDITING

    No question it’s Boyhood. With Boyhood you couldn’t take footage from one period and shove it into the other to cover a mistake. I mean, what a hard movie. Each year worked.

    MY VOTE: Boyhood

    âž» BEST MAKEUP and HAIRSTYLING

    Here’s a chance to give Guardians of the Galaxy an award. It was a tremendously entertaining and fun movie.

    MY VOTE: Guardians of the Galaxy

    âž» BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    My children make fun of me for my lack of knowledge about music, but I do actually sit and listen to the scores when they’re sent to us. I turned off Budapest after a few cuts. I was torn between Interstellar and The Theory of Everything, but concluded that [Interstellarcomposer] Hans Zimmer overdid it a little.

    MY VOTE: The Theory of Everything

    âž» BEST ORIGINAL SONG

    I wasn’t terribly impressed with any of them. There’s no Paul McCartney or Bob Dylancaliber song among them. I’m not a fan of Glen Campbell’s [co-nominated for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”] at all. The Selma song [“Glory”] doesn’t do anything for me. I hated “Everything Is Awesome.” So, by process of elimination, that leaves “Lost Stars” and “Grateful” for me.

    MY VOTE: I abstain.

     âž» BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

    They did a difficult, brilliant, original job on Into the Woods — I mean, a lot of that was shot on sets built on a soundstage! To me, the movie worked on every possible level.

    MY VOTE: Into the Woods

    âž» BEST SOUND EDITING

    I loved Interstellar — I like science fiction and that’s a movie with balls. It doesn’t fully work, but what a nice piece of work. And how do you create a sound where there is no sound in a vacuum? I thought it was very creative.

    MY VOTE: Interstellar

    âž» BEST SOUND MIXING

    I don’t automatically vote for the same film for sound editing and sound mixing — I know the difference between the two, and as a filmmaker I have so much respect for sound people — but in this case I think the same film deserves both awards.

    MY VOTE: Interstellar

    âž» BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

    I give it to the apes! If you can make people believe and care about apes as credible performers, you deserve a lot of points.

    MY VOTE: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    âž» BEST ANIMATED SHORT

    I watched them twice. They were all beautifully made — each one was terrific and I have no complaints. Funnily enough, the weakest was the Disney one [Feast]. But I was so charmed by [TheDam Keeper.

    MY VOTE: The Dam Keeper

    âž» BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

    Joanna is a very strong film. But I think the film about the suicidal veterans [Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1] is just spectacular, effective and moving. What that film has is what American Sniper is missing: heart. You actually get to the angst of the vets. I’m going for the vets.

    MY VOTE: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

    âž» BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

    None of them are American, right? The weakest was the Israeli one about the woman who takes a guy in her car. I was torn between the other four.

    MY VOTE: Parvaneh

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    Number Two has spoken to Hollywood Reporter: 
     
     
    Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 2: Voter Finds ‘Whiplash’ “Offensive,” Doesn’t “Get” ‘Birdman’
    9:30 AM PST 2/19/2015 by Scott Feinberg

     VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 387-member short films and feature animation branch who has been nominated for an Oscar.

    âž» BEST PICTURE

    Whiplash is offensive — it’s a film about abuse and I don’t find that entertaining at all. My kid would have told me if he had an abusive teacher. I would have sat in on the class, talked to other kids in the class and then said, “This asshole has to go.” [The GrandBudapest [Hotel] is beautifully made, but its story just isn’t special. I didn’t think Selma was a particularly good film, apart from the main actor [David Oyelowo], and I think the outcry about the Academy being racists for not nominating it for more awards is offensive — we have a two-term president who is a black woman [Cheryl Boone Isaacs]  and we give out awards to black people when they deserve them, just like any other group. Birdman I didn’t get it at all — I look around and it’s doing so well and I just don’t get it. American Sniper glosses over feelings — how do you feel when you kill 170 people? You just see him hesitating in the one scene with the boy who briefly picks up the rocket and then you see him sitting at a bar looking depressed; that’s not enough. As far as The Imitation GameAlan Turing was very much defined by his repressed homosexuality, and I just don’t think the film deals with that very well. I admired Boyhood and it didn’t bore me, but it doesn’t totally work. But Theory [of Everything] I loved. It was the only one of the nominees that fully worked as a whole film — it was beautifully performed, nicely directed and it was about something — although Boyhood is pretty special for its own reasons. Just because the Academy gives you a preferential ballot with a bunch of lines doesn’t mean you have to fill them all out. Those are only two that I find worthy of the award.

    MY VOTE: (1) The Theory of Everything, (2) Boyhood

    âž» BEST DIRECTOR

    What he [Boyhood’s Richard Linklater] did is amazing. Trust me, it’s not easy to make a film over a few months. Twelve years? That’s incredible and demanded a lot of vision and effort. It’s not even close for me because I didn’t especially like the other nominee’s pictures. If [The Theory of Everything director] James Marsh had been nominated, it would have been a tougher call for me.

    MY VOTE: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

    âž» BEST ACTOR

    I’ve met Stephen Hawking and this guy [The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne] got him just right — he was the most believable character in all of the movies this year and it’s an amazing performance. I can’t vote for [Birdman’s MichaelKeaton, [The Imitation Game’s BenedictCumberbatch or [American Sniper’s BradleyCooper because I didn’t really like their movies. [Foxcatcher’s] Steve Carell was interesting — I went to school with some of the du Ponts and I believe it [the film’s story] — but the movie wasn’t great.

    MY VOTE: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

    âž» BEST ACTRESS

    I loved the movie [The Theory of Everything] and I thought she [Felicity Jones] was great. [Still Alice’s] Julianne Moore and the others were all fine but in movies that leave a lot to be desired, and I just can’t separate a performance from the film it’s in.

    MY VOTE: Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)

    âž» BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    [The Judge’s RobertDuvall was fine but he generally needs to do a better job of picking movies; like Bobby De Niro and Barbra Streisand, he would probably have a few more Oscars if he wasn’t in so many bad movies. The one who stood out to me was [Boyhood’s] Ethan Hawke — to sustain a performance over a decade is no easy thing.

    MY VOTE: Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)

    âž» BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    I loved Into the Woods a lot more than most people and her performance [Meryl Streep’s] is the main reason why. She’s unbelievable. And no, it doesn’t bother me that she’s won three times before; that’s not how you should be voting. The only other nominee who’s even close is [Boyhood’s] Patricia Arquette.

    MY VOTE: Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

    âž» BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Making a good film about a well-known real person is really challenging, so I again would go back to The Theory of Everything. Who knows if they got it right about the guys in American Sniper and The Imitation Game? And, to me, turning a short into a feature [Whiplash] is a lesser challenge.

    MY VOTE: The Theory of Everything

     âž» BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Boyhood was a very good film but I feel like they came up with the story as they went along. I thought Nightcrawler was masterful.

    MY VOTE: Nightcrawler

    âž» BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

    Where’s our Finding Nemo this year? It’s not a very great group. I liked Song [of the Sea] and The Tale [of the Princess Kaguya], but I’m voting for [How to Train YourDragon [2] because it was superbly entertaining and works on most levels, although its story could be a little better.

    MY VOTE: How to Train Your Dragon 2

    âž» BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

    I wasn’t blown away by [FindingVivian Maier or The Salt of the EarthLast Days in Vietnam is a well-made film but it’s not entirely engaging. The [EdwardSnowden film [Citizenfour] isn’t that well-made but it has great power because of its content. But with Virunga you have both content and a director who knows how to make a movie. Mountain gorillas are not the sexiest subject matter, but it’s just terrific.

    MY VOTE: Virunga

    âž» BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

    I liked Ida a lot, but Leviathan, to me, is hands-down the best film. I was so impressed with the control and the story. He [Andrey Zvyagintsev] is truly one of the masters of film in the world.

    MY VOTE: Leviathan

    âž» BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Ida worked on a lot of levels and it looks so good.

    MY VOTE: Ida

     âž» BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    To me, it’s between Maleficent and Into the Woods. How do you break the tie? Maleficentwas a lightweight and Into the Woods was genius.

    MY VOTE: Into the Woods

    âž» BEST FILM EDITING

    No question it’s Boyhood. With Boyhood you couldn’t take footage from one period and shove it into the other to cover a mistake. I mean, what a hard movie. Each year worked.

    MY VOTE: Boyhood

    âž» BEST MAKEUP and HAIRSTYLING

    Here’s a chance to give Guardians of the Galaxy an award. It was a tremendously entertaining and fun movie.

    MY VOTE: Guardians of the Galaxy

    âž» BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    My children make fun of me for my lack of knowledge about music, but I do actually sit and listen to the scores when they’re sent to us. I turned off Budapest after a few cuts. I was torn between Interstellar and The Theory of Everything, but concluded that [Interstellarcomposer] Hans Zimmer overdid it a little.

    MY VOTE: The Theory of Everything

    âž» BEST ORIGINAL SONG

    I wasn’t terribly impressed with any of them. There’s no Paul McCartney or Bob Dylancaliber song among them. I’m not a fan of Glen Campbell’s [co-nominated for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”] at all. The Selma song [“Glory”] doesn’t do anything for me. I hated “Everything Is Awesome.” So, by process of elimination, that leaves “Lost Stars” and “Grateful” for me.

    MY VOTE: I abstain.

     âž» BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

    They did a difficult, brilliant, original job on Into the Woods — I mean, a lot of that was shot on sets built on a soundstage! To me, the movie worked on every possible level.

    MY VOTE: Into the Woods

    âž» BEST SOUND EDITING

    I loved Interstellar — I like science fiction and that’s a movie with balls. It doesn’t fully work, but what a nice piece of work. And how do you create a sound where there is no sound in a vacuum? I thought it was very creative.

    MY VOTE: Interstellar

    âž» BEST SOUND MIXING

    I don’t automatically vote for the same film for sound editing and sound mixing — I know the difference between the two, and as a filmmaker I have so much respect for sound people — but in this case I think the same film deserves both awards.

    MY VOTE: Interstellar

    âž» BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

    I give it to the apes! If you can make people believe and care about apes as credible performers, you deserve a lot of points.

    MY VOTE: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    âž» BEST ANIMATED SHORT

    I watched them twice. They were all beautifully made — each one was terrific and I have no complaints. Funnily enough, the weakest was the Disney one [Feast]. But I was so charmed by [TheDam Keeper.

    MY VOTE: The Dam Keeper

    âž» BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

    Joanna is a very strong film. But I think the film about the suicidal veterans [Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1] is just spectacular, effective and moving. What that film has is what American Sniper is missing: heart. You actually get to the angst of the vets. I’m going for the vets.

    MY VOTE: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

    âž» BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

    None of them are American, right? The weakest was the Israeli one about the woman who takes a guy in her car. I was torn between the other four.

    MY VOTE: Parvaneh

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    What’s wrong with coming up with the story as you go along? (Boyhood) That’s screenwriting, too! But happy he liked Nightcrawler and voted for it.

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    adamunc
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    I’m bothered by the comment that the second guy couldn’t separate the performance from the movie it’s in. That makes him sound not very bright and totally lacking in analytical ability to me. I mean, I hated Precious but I could still see how brilliant Mo’Nique was. I disliked Blue Jasmine but still believed Cate Blanchett completely deserved to win.

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    Ghost
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    We already have a thread for this:

     http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/10606

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    babypook
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    Yes, we sortof do. But this thread is a chilling reminder of how human the voting body is.

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    Denis
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    I can’t believe voters are that stupid to choose Keaton over Redmayne, I just can’t.     Now that I think about it,Gylenhaal was left out so, who cares. 

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    Some of the most recent voter’s choices make me question whether or not she watched the films wasted or under the influence of illegal substances but do what ya gotta do to make it through Foxcatcher and Birdman?

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    I can’t believe voters are that stupid to choose Keaton over Redmayne, I just can’t.     Now that I think about it,Gylenhaal was left out so, who cares. 

     

    I can’t belive voters want to vote for yet another catnip Oscar bait 101 role like Eddie Redmayne. But I do agree Jake Gyllenhaal should’ve been nominated and won in a Nightcrawler sweep of Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, and Screenplay.

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    [quote=”hadilf”]I can’t believe voters are that stupid to choose Keaton over Redmayne, I just can’t.     Now that I think about it,Gylenhaal was left out so, who cares. 

     

    I can’t belive voters want to vote for yet another catnip Oscar bait 101 role like Eddie Redmayne. But I do agree Jake Gyllenhaal should’ve been nominated and won in a Nightcrawler sweep of Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, and Screenplay.

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    Nightcrawler win in a sweep? That’s rather ambitious.

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    They don’t say they checked off a box because it won DGA or whatever. They’re mostly voting on their individual reactions.

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    I hate how most voters who picked Julianne Moore chose her because “they’ve always loved her” or “what a wonderful career.”That’s not a reason to vote for someone. If you vote for her, do it because you think she was the best, not because her career is great. 

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