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The Things They Say…About The Academy Awards

Here’s part of what an anonymous female Academy member has to say about the upcoming Academy Awards, and some of its nominations.

“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, snaggle-toothed 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.”

What are your thoughts on her opinion?


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5 comments

  1. This is her opinion and it’s wrong for her to say it, no matter if she is hiding under the cloak of anonymity. As one of the members, you don’t come out and say which movie you feel is already the winner, you don’t.
    You keep your mouth shut. I do agree with some points raised, some but not all. Selma was already nominated for a best picture, same with American sniper, that to the academy puts them both at par. The issue is with snub for director, best actor and one or two more. I’m always still baffled when a movie is nominated for best picture and not best director, was the movie good because of other factors and not the way it was directed? Doesn’t a good director a good movie make and vice versa? Then so what if they should up in an “I can’t breathe” t-shirt? Wasn’t the movie about black oppression? Is the “I can’t breathe” slogan not about black oppression?
    You know what, I take it back, I don’t agree with anything she said. You don’t get to praise American sniper just because it was directed by an 84 year old white man and then condemn selma for its black female director, you really don’t get to do that.
    Oh I’m out, I just can’t, I really just can’t.

    • O-kay… *taking a few steps backwards while I can breathe*

    • You’re right. Especially on the point of Selma not getting a best director nom. It has always baffled me too, a movie is good enough to be nominated as one of the best pictures of the year, yet the director and the actor of said movie aren’t worthy of a nom.

      Selma is quiet. Its not showy like all other black oppression movies, there are no back tearing whipping scenes and the violence is dialed down, and the story itself takes center stage. David Oyelowo’s performance is also the same way, its quiet and subtle and not at all showy, and that in my opinion is what makes the movie and the cast brilliant.

      The cast performs without the need to impress Oscar voters and as such they made a bloody brilliant movie.

      I have seen both movies and American Sniper while good holds no candle to Selma. And this wasn’t even Bradley Cooper’s best performance of his career, compared to some others like American Hustle and Sliver linings playbook, even Limitless.

      But the Academy loves when an actor transforms his body for a role, so…

      As for this woman, she should take several seats, Selma and its casts were snubbed, its as simple as that, there is no race or whatever here, Selma was the better movie with better performances. Its that simple.

      I’ll tell you who else was snubbed the actresses that should have been nominated instead of Marion Cotilliard and Meryl Streep.

  2. Selma was obviously snubbed. It’s politics. A black movie reigned last year, they won’t have it so this year. Just saying.

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