In advance of this weekend’s Academy Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has featured predictions from anonymous Academy members. Among them is what has been deemed as a brutally honest report from a woman within the Public Relations branch of the Academy.
Here’s some of what she said and what we think about it…
Selma was not “snubbed”, it just wasn’t that good.
One of this years most controversial snubs is Selma. Many critics are saying the lack of nominations reflect a serious racial issue from an all-white Academy. Not so, says the article’s author, it’s because despite the movie being well crafted, there is no art to it.
But it’s true the Academy is mostly white. In fact it’s 94% white, 77% male, with the median age of 62.* Academy members of course earn their spot within the group, but a bias would be unsurprising.
American Sniper galvanizes America, which is why it should win best picture.
Despite the fake baby scandal, the article votes for American Sniper for Best Picture because the film represents what Americans are willing to see.
But the Oscars are supposed to represent the best in international film, not exclusively American. So despite the majority of the Academy members being based in the United States, the Academy needs to value and vote on what resonates with audiences worldwide.
Patricia Arquette should win best actress for letting herself be filmed as she aged 12 years.
It’s unpopular in Hollywood for a woman to age naturally and having the process filmed over 12 years is downright unheard of. The article’s author suggests that Arquette should be awarded for her bravery for refusing to get cosmetically touched up over the years while filming Boyhood.
But it should be Arquette’s performance not appearance that earns the Best Actress award. An opinion that is perhaps not wildly shared when considering that actresses spend approximately $3,500 to prepare for the red carpet alone. It’s also interesting to note that Best Actor winners can expect a $3.9million salary increase, whereas Best Actress winners will expect around just $500k increase.*
Abstaining from voting for the Best Animate Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Live Action Short, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing categories.
The article’s author abstains from the following categories because “I have no idea what’s good sound or bad sound.”
Certainly for the more technical categories, that’s fair. But if you consider yourself qualified to vote on the feature length categories, you should take the time to watch, form an opinion and vote for the Shorts too.
The Hollywood Reporter also features brutally honest predictions from a longtime member of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch and a member of Writers branch who was nominated for an Oscar within the last decade.
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* Predictions from @stephenfollows