2014 Oscars

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballots Show the Weird Ways the Academy Votes

Although the Academy Awards may be the most prestigious in the film industry, most movie fans would agree they can be pretty ridiculous. Thanks to a recent series of articles published in The Hollywood Reporter, we finally have some insight into why.

In their “Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot” Posts, anonymous Academy members detail who they’re voting for and why, and their reasons are sometimes indeed brutal, dismissing beloved nominees with only a few choice words.

“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,” said one female voter.

“Whiplash is offensive — it’s a film about abuse and I don’t find that entertaining at all,” said a male voter.

The articles, while often infuriating, are pretty enlightening too for the level of honesty the interviewed members bring to their votes. Read more about their brutally honest votes here.