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Brutally honest Oscar voting: 'Top Gun' script is probably the weakest'; Riseborough Nom 'feels very much like the Mafia'

This ballot reflects the Oscar vote of a male member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — and their frank reasons” 1985-Character Shorts and Animated Feature Films offshoot, communicated with THR in exchange for the guarantee of anonymity. THR neither endorses these views nor expresses They represent any point of view that differs from that voter’s point of view.

Best Picture

A lot about The fanfare of Avatar: The Way of Water comes from the backstory – how long it took to make, etc. – rather than the actual quality of the movie. Women Talking Not bad – great acting and directing – but I don’t like it. I likeThe Fabelmans – [Steven] Spielberg did his Spielberg thing, And directed the hell out of it – but it’s kind of long. Triangle of Sorrow Very interesting, well written, I love its commentary on classes – from Parasite Best review ever. Cate [Blanchett] was absolutely incredible in Tár but it took way too long for this movie to get there Purpose. Top Gun [Maverick] was a fantastic thrill ride that brought people back to the cinema and I’m glad it did Getting nominated—popularity isn’t a bad thing—but the story is so straightforward that I’m horrified by its faceless enemy side. On the other hand, the Scientology thing [producer/star Tom Cruise relationship with the Church], doesn’t really bother me – punishing this movie won’t get Tom Cruise out of Scientology. Austin [Butler] in Elvis Presley was so exciting that I’ve seen it so many times; the movie is fun, but it’s all about the acting. Banshees is fantastic, and the script is very funny and concise. But To me it’s a pretty close call between All Quiet on the Western Front and Everything Everywhere . They are so Different, but the execution of what they were trying to do was near perfect. All Quiet is one of the best anti-war movies ever made. It made me feel in a way most movies don’t Feel the filth and grit and filth of war; it literally puts you in the fucking trenches. And Everything Everywhere e For me, as a filmmaker, it’s one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever seen. For someone to make a movie with an almost all-Asian cast and tell this crazy, puzzling, jumpy story? This leads me to believe that even without a Avatar sized budget, nor a Baz Luhrmann or Steven Spielberg, it is still possible to make something that is personal and cultural and still be considered a potential Oscar winner for Best Picture.

VOTE: (1) EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE AT ONE (2) All Quiet on the Western Front(3) The Banshee of Inisherin(4) Elvis (5) Top Gun: Maverick (6) Tár (7) The Triangle of Sadness(8) The Fabelmans (9) Women Talking (18) Avatar: Way of Water

Best Director

Tár(​​ [directed by Todd Field] is more about acting than directing and Banshees [directed by Martin McDonagh] is not so much about directing , rather than writing. Ruben [Östlund] put his stamp of truth on Triangle. Steven did a great job with The Fabelmans, which is cool, and it’s a personal story. But the work that Daniels [Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert of Everything Everywhere] have done comprehensively with limited resources is truly remarkable.

Vote: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE

Best Actor

Paul Mescal [Aftersun] is coming out soon – he’s a great actor, but I’m confused by all the excitement about that movie. Bill Nighy was great in Living and Colin [Farrell] was great in Banshees. After I saw The Whale, Brendan Fraser was my choice. Then I sat down to watch Elvis and I was so blown away by Austin Butler that I watched Elvis again the same week . To me, he’s the clear winner. If you’re going to give Rami Malek an Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody when he’s not even singing, you can’t not give it to Austin. This kid really has a new voice!

Vote: Austin Butler, Elvis

Best Actress

I would definitely give Danielle Deadwyler [for Till] above Michelle Williams [for The Fabelmans] or Ana de Armas [for Blonde] — it Blonde came out feeling like no one cared, so she was really surprised that she nominated me. I had heard of Andrea Riseborough and To Leslie before nominations, only because I kept seeing Academy members of that little camp posting about it on social media. It didn’t bother me at the time because I felt like it was going nowhere. Then when she was nominated, I thought about it some more. The acting is great – not the greatest ever, because Kate Winslet lied to me, but great – but the way she’s a little bit strong feels very mafia, like someone powerful decides this should happen, and it does. For me, between [Tár‘s] Cate [Blanchett] and [Everything Everywhere All at Once‘s] Michelle Really close [yo]. Kate gets lost in Lydia Tár – what an incredible performance – but look at what Michelle, a late woman, does in her film, Action, fights and emotions? I have to choose Michelle. The tie belongs to the person who has yet to win the person who already has two.

VOTE: Michelle Yeoh, all at the same time

Best Supporting Actor

I watched most ofCauseway , but it’s too slow, even though Brian Tyree [Henry] is incredible in everything. Judd Hirsch was great [in The Fabelmans ], but that was a small part, and I’m surprised he got nominated. I don’t know how to choose between the two Banshees guys [Barry Keoghan and Brendan Gleeson] – Brendan has a bigger role, but Barry is so funny and steals the scene. Ke Huy Quan is excellent in Everything Everywhere, his story keeps you hopeful and reminds you that Hollywood is never really over unless you die or Will Smith. There’s nothing I want to see more than him standing there with an Oscar.

Vote: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All On Once

Best Supporting Actress

Kerry [Condon of The Banshees of Inisherin] and Hong Chau [of The Whale] are both good. I think Jamie Lee Curtis could win Everything Everywhere – she’s been a part of Hollywood since she was a kid – although Stephanie Hsu is better in the film. But I hope the academy stops treating Marvel movies like second class citizens and realizes that Angela’s [ Bassett in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever] is great – she was terrible at that role – and, given her job, she should have been.

Vote: Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Best Adapted Screenplay

Top GunScript possible is the weakest. Women Talking has a strong script. Living is great. I love All Quiet, and it’s hard not to admit it here. But I had to choose Glass Onion [A Knives Out Mystery] because the movie was so much fun it was the only place I could choose know it. They sent us the actual script, I went through it, and it was a tight but brilliant read. I want to live in a world where Glass Onion can win an Oscar. Rian Johnson is great – give Rian Johnson an Oscar!

Vote: Glass Onion: Mystery of the Wild


Fabelmans Well written. I really like the Banshees, Tár and Triangle of Sadness scripts. But this one is Everything Everywhere by a mile. There’s no way I’d come up with this concept in a million years. The word is “original screenplay” and if you can’t call Everything Everywhere the most original of the bunch, then nothing means anything.

Vote: all places at once

Best Animated Feature

I didn’t see The Sea Beast or Marcel the Shell with Wear shoes . I like Turning Red. If Guillermo del Toro hadn’t made Pinocchio this year, Puss in Boots would have won – that’s great – but he did. I love Guillermo, I love the animation and the way he tells the story.

Vote: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio


I’m so sad I won’t see it there Retrograde – If dodging bullets in Afghanistan at the end of the war doesn’t get you an Oscar nomination, then I don’t know. I haven’t seen A House Made of Splinters . All That Breathes is so boring, I’m surprised that’s what the documentary world is after; someone needs to explain that to me. “Love On Fire” is a well-done dossier that excels on the big screen but sags in the middle. I love the message of All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Nan Goldin beautifully tells her story. But Navalny is awesome – I didn’t know that [subject Alexei] Navalny had busted the people who poisoned him, so when I saw this in the movie, I was like, “OMG. Now is a good time to say “fuck you” to Putin.

VOTE: Navy

Best International Feature Film

EO [Poland] is kind of boring – I don’t really understand why people like that movie if they nominate Blanquita [Chile] or The Blue Caftan , I would prefer [Morocco] or Corsage [Austria] or decided to leave [Korea]. Quiet Girl [Ireland] and Argentina, 1985 [Argentina] was fine. Closed [Belgium] was my pick – it was beautiful and well done – until I watched All Quiet [Germany]. It’s just a different level of filmmaking.

VOTE: All Quiet on the Western Front

Best Cinematography

[Roger of Empire of Light] Deakins is God, but Empire of Light – and Bardo – Shouldn’t be nominated more than Top Gun; Claudio Miranda is a sin not to be here. Tár(​​ is solid.All Quiet Impressive. But Mandy [Walker] deservesElvis – she fucking crushes it, how much do we have First chance to give a woman an Oscar for Cinematography? She won it.

VOTE: Elvis

Best Costume Design

I haven’t even heard PassMrs. Harris to Paris until, like, yesterday.Everything E verywhere clothing is not that special. Babylon is fine. But I’m torn between Elvis and Wakanda Forever. Elvis costumes are great, but they’re entertainment. The costumes in Wakanda are very creative and intricate – I mean, look at those hats! I think Ruth [E. Carter] deserves another one.

Vote: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


I DON’T GET IT Banshees HERE All quiet . Tár(​​ can be edited with more. Elvis It’s almost like editing a concert. Top Gun was an incredible editing job – the difficulty of editing a fighter sequence, compared to the Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell talk na bar [at Banshees], not even comparable. But god bless the editor of Everything Everywhere who has to help us keep track of the multiverse and battle sequences and all sorts of stuff. That movie relies heavily on good editing.

Vote: All at the same time


IS ​​THE FAT SUIT [in The Whale or The Batman] Considering makeup? I have no idea. All Quiet has good makeup and mud all over her face. But Wakanda Forever and Elvis are the strongest choices. Elvis Make Austin look like Elvis. But Wak anda Forever had to design makeup and hair from scratch.

Vote: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


I rememberBabylon‘s soundtrack is better than Anyone else as much as it does throughout the film.

Vote: Babylon


Without a doubt, this is “Naatu Naatu” [via RRR ] This is the heart of the movie’s story, and it’s so addicting and fun. You can’t don’t love “Naatu Naatu” – I mean, have you ever seen a video of people dancing in a theater? This doesn’t happen with any other song.

Vote: “Naatu Naatu,” RRR

Best Production Design

With Avatar, I don’t know What is real and what is animation. Fabelmans Nothing special. Babylon, All Quiet and Elvis have great production designs, but I really don’t Like Babylon, so it’s in between the other two for me. With All Quiet, the way they designed the battlefield and the offices and even the trains, I think they did a great job. But Elvis brought to life the period I saw in photos and videos in a very matching way.

Vote: Elvis


All with great sound design. Top Gun is solid. Batman , really immersive, especially the car chase scene. But All Quiet, the war stuff, makes me stand out.

Vote: Quiet on the Western Front


TOO OBVIOUS Avatar. Even if you don’t like the movie, you have to acknowledge this achievement. There is no competition.

Vote: Avatar: Way of Water

Best Animated Short

I’ve seen them all. An ostrich told me [ An ostrich told me the world is fake, I think I believe it ] Great, but I Voting for The Boy, the Fox, the Chicken Hound and the Dog Scratching the Mole — I can never remember the name [The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the horse ]. I guess I like long titles.

Vote: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse


I’m a little surprised at how mediocre these nominees are. I watched all of them and they were just bland and boring.

Vote: Abstain.

Best Live Action Short

Ivalu and Le Pupille is boring. Night Ride was fun. Also An Irish Goodbye and The Red Suitcase both left a deep impression on me. Ireland’s Goodbye is beautiful – well directed – and could definitely be a feature. But for a 18 minute movie, the tension in the red suitcase is executed very well .

Vote: Red Suitcase

An abbreviated version of this story first appeared in the March 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe .



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