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How An Oscar Voter Thinks
Here's an amusing Hollywood Reporter interview with an anonymous movie director as he fills out his Oscar ballot. From his Best Actress musings:
I also don’t vote for anyone whose name I can’t pronounce. Quvez---? Quzen---? Quyzenay? Her parents really put her in a hole by giving her that name -- Alphabet Wallis.
And from his Best Picture deliberations:
Django Unchained will go into my fifth slot -- it’s a fun movie, but it’s basically just Quentin Tarantino masturbating for almost three hours.
Guesses at who he is from the comments include William Friedkin (The Exorcist), John Landis (Animal House), and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour II) -- guys who are over the hill but have made some decent movies in the past and are still in the game enough to have an office and an assistant. In his love of Zero Dark Thirty, he sounds like the kind of grumpy Jewish guy who would never ever vote Republican, but is basically a rightwinger on the inside.
Lots of critics and film nerds are upset at the director for not properly agonizing over each momentous choice, but directors get paid to make decisions quickly and confidently.