Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 6
A member of the Academy's executives branch tells THR: I was "won over" for McConaughey by "True Detective," Fassbender gives "the year's great overlooked performance" and this is the "worst selection" of foreign film nominees in years.
This is the sixth of eight "brutally honest" Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, two of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the first, the second, the third, the fourth and the fifth.) Beware of spoilers. And remember, these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.
VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 450-member executives branch.
➻ BEST PICTURE
I know the Midwest and Nebraska nailed it.
MY PICKS: (1) Nebraska, (2) American Hustle, (3) 12 Years a Slave
➻ BEST DIRECTOR
I don't understand how the best picture could ever not be directed by the best director.
MY PICK: Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
➻ BEST ACTOR
Matthew McConaughey -- wow, what an incredible year. In addition to Dallas Buyers Club, I was really won over by True Detective.
MY PICK: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
➻ BEST ACTRESS
How could anyone be any better than Cate [Blanchett]?
MY PICK: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
➻ BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared [Leto] was amazing, but you know what was the year's great overlooked performance? [Michael] Fassbender.
MY PICK: Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
➻ BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
In a fair world, Sally Hawkins would win this thing. She went toe-to-toe with Cate [Blanchett] and held her own.
MY PICK: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
➻ BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Rick Linklater's trilogy is a singular achievement, and its scripts have a lot to do with that.
MY PICK: Before Midnight
➻ BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Woody [Allen] deserves this. He's been so great for so long that we just take him for granted.
MY PICK: Blue Jasmine
➻ BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
I agree with everyone else, Frozen was a very special film.
MY PICK: Frozen
➻ BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
There were a number of special documentaries this year -- including several that weren't nominated -- but the one that impressed me the most was The Square. That footage was so amazing.
MY PICK: The Square
➻ BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
This was the worst selection of nominees for this category in years. The Hunt was the best of a highly questionable group.
MY PICK: The Hunt
[Note: This voter was only available to discuss his selections in the aforementioned categories.]