The Hollywood Reporter has published its annual ‘brutally honest Oscar ballot’, based on a conversation with an Academy member not associated with any of this year’s nominees.
The voter’s choices actually mirror our own quite a lot, and it seems they were similarly unmoved by frontrunner The Revenant.
“I dislike The Revenant intensely - it's a beautifully shot Road Runner movie, in the sense that Leonardo DiCaprio keeps falling down and getting up, and who cares? I don’t,” they said, backing The Big Short for Best Picture.
They couldn’t get behind DiCaprio winning Best Actor for the film either.
“I rule out Leonardo immediately because it's a ridiculous performance,” they added. “They are running his campaign based on how hard it was to make the movie, right? I'm tired of hearing about it — that's what he gets paid for!
“I mean, this was not Nanook of the North [a 1922 docudrama shot in the Arctic], for Christ's sake. Give me a break. He got millions of dollars, and I would assume they had heaters. The fact that he's never won before? He's a young man, he still has time.”
In fairness to DiCaprio and Inarritu, pretty much everyone came in for a drubbing this year.
Forget Cate Blanchett — her film [Carol] is more about decor and what everyone wears than anything of substance,” the voter claimed. [Steve Jobs] Michael Fassbender is also out because he's in a dopey movie [and] [Trumbo's] Bryan Cranston was nominated because of whom he played, not how he played him.”
They really do seem to hate The Revenant with a passion though. In the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category, they said: “I am voting for Mad Max solely because I want to stop The Revenant.”
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