This year’s annual “ brutally fair Oscar vote ” by The Hollywood Reporter picks out Best Picture nominees for Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards, suggesting the eight films to be awarded for the negative impact of the pandemic on the film industry, are certainly disappointing. .
Tradition has it that critics and Oscar voters give their unfiltered view of the films reinforced with five-star reviews in relentless marketing campaigns, aggressively targeting voters in the hope that their film will win the best trophies on Hollywood’s biggest night.
This year, an anonymous male Academy voter – reportedly himself Oscar nominee – got jerked off THR on the front runners, including Netflix’s lavish tribute to Hollywood drama Mank, about alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (played by Gary Oldman) as he races to finish Citizen Kane, which voters describe as “boring.”
‘Boring’: Netflix drama Mank has been panned by an anonymous Oscars voter despite being nominated for Best Picture at the 93rd Academy Awards this Sunday
“I love David Fincher as a filmmaker,” writes the voter. “But man is dull and indulgent and too smart for his own good.” They also say that Oldman, 63, shouldn’t win Best Actor because he won in 2018 and the movie – which cost $ 25 million – is “ not great. ”
While streaming giant Netflix is known for splashing the money on their content, this voter complains he could sense ‘the digital’ in Mank, suggesting it wasn’t cinematic enough and ruling it out for Best Cinematography.
Mank’s Amanda Seyfried – who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress – was also considered ‘no winner level’ and just ‘all right’.
Complaints: Korean indie Minari, which already scooped a handful of trophies during the prize season, was described as ‘excruciatingly slow’
However, the film scored better for the voter when it came to the Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design categories.
Korean indie Minari, which has already won a handful of trophies during the award season, has been described as ‘excruciatingly slow’ for the voter, albeit ‘beautiful’.
The film tells the story of a Korean-American family in search of their own American Dream, and the performance of lead actor Steven Yeun has been praised.
Ouch: Trial of the Chicago 7 written and directed by Hollywood darling Aaron Sorkin is described as ‘mediocre’ and too ‘telly’
Winner: Nomadland is praised for being a ‘fully realized film that is immersive and emotional and cinematic’ and named as the voter’s top choice for Best Picture
Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Hollywood darling Aaron Sorkin, has been criticized as ‘mediocre’, too ‘telly’ and comes in last for Best Picture.
“Aaron Sorkin may be my all-time favorite writer, but he’s not a good director,” the voter says anonymously.
The voter goes so far as to say that the fact that Sorkin’s film has a ‘chance of success, given how mediocre and’ televised ‘it is, is testament to what a strange year it has been for films given the pandemic.
Tough Crowd: Promising Young Woman ‘doesn’t feel like a great performance,’ according to single voter (Carey Mulligan pictured in the movie above)
Mixed bag: Daniel Kaluuya was praised for his work in Judas and the Black Messiah – although the film was described as messy
Meanwhile, Sound of Metal has also been described as ‘slow’, Judas and the Black Messiah is labeled ‘messy’ and Promising Young Woman ‘doesn’t feel like a great performance’ according to one voter.
Conversely, Nomadland has been lauded for being a “ fully realized film that is immersive and emotional and cinematic ” and has been named as the voter’s top pick for Best Picture.
In the intense drama directed by Chloé Zhao, Oscar favorite Frances McDormand plays a lonely woman in her late sixties who loses everything in the Great Recession.
The voter tips the late Chadwick Boseman to win Best Actor, despite disliking Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, saying Best Actress “feels like victory” for Andra Day, for the United States vs. Billie Holiday.
Despite receiving very mixed reviews, the voter believes Glenn Close will win for Hillbilly Elegy, although he himself votes for Borat Subsequent Movie Film, Maria Bakalova.