OSCARS 2017: A Peek at the Ballots #2 (Female Voter Over 40)

Continuing to give the raw perspective of an Academy voter, a female voter of one of the major branches took an hour to talk about her ballot and why she was making her choices. The female voter, who has been active in the Academy for over 20 years, was very complimentary about the film year and what it had to offer.

It should be noted, in protecting their identities, all the voters are labeled simply as male or female. Some asked to not have their genders revealed. We’ll be revealing a few of those voters over the next three days.

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OSCAR VOTER #2 – FEMALE (Over 40)

  • BEST PICTURE“La La Land”

“Some of my favorite musicals have been ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ They all had something more grand than what was on the surface. They wanted audiences to believe in their world, and that even the most unbelievable things, were believable. ‘La La Land’ did that and more. I think what Emma and Ryan portrayed, and performed, and executed, were exactly the treasures of our imagination. It’s what makes movies so special. You couldn’t ask for a better film than that.”

  • BEST DIRECTORDamien Chazelle, “La La Land”

I asked, “so I guess that means you’re voting for Damien Chazelle, right?”

“[chuckles] That would be a fair assessment.”

  • BEST ACTORRyan Gosling, “La La Land”

“This was a close one. Obviously I love ‘La La Land’ but I thought Andrew Garfield and Casey Affleck were extraordinary. I just couldn’t get past the talent that Ryan brought to his performance. He played music, he sang. He’s just so talented. I know that Casey will probably win it because that’s what all the awards are saying but I hope that Ryan wins. I really do.”

  • BEST ACTRESSEmma Stone, “La La Land”

“When Emma sings ‘City of Stars’ with Ryan, ugh, I couldn’t stop smiling. You know, I voted for her a few years ago for ‘Birdman’ with Michael Keaton. She was really good in that and I thought she should have won there too.”

  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTORDev Patel, “Lion”

“I thought all these men were good. I voted for Dev Patel. I was in tears in ‘Lion.’ Ugh, such a sad story but I loved it. I voted for him.”

  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSNicole Kidman, “Lion”

“This one was hard because I loved them all. I think ‘Lion’ is the best work Nicole Kidman has ever done.  She looked like a real ‘mom.’ She was so natural and graceful. You know who she reminded me of?  [pause] Dianne Weist in that movie with Steve Martin…oh, what’s the name?”

(I responded, “‘Parenthood’?”)

“Yes! ‘Parenthood.’ She was a dramatic Dianne Weist in “Parenthood.”

(I’m still dwelling on that one…)

  • BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYDamien Chazelle, “La La Land”

“Oh, this one is easy.”

  • BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYLuke Davies, “Lion”

“You know, I quite liked ‘Hidden Figures’ a lot. I loved the story but the way ‘Lion’ runs through its narrative is really spectacular to watch.”

  • BEST ANIMATED FEATUREABSTAIN

“I didn’t see them.”

(Asked her what did she see of the lineup)

“I saw ‘Zootopia,’ ‘Moana’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.'”

  • BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN“La La Land”

“They got Hollywood. Everything down to the light post on the street. They nailed it.”

  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY“Lion”

“It was so beautiful.”

  • BEST COSTUME DESIGN“Florence Foster Jenkins”

“I am someone who loves anything about the British era. I love the clothes, the accents, just everything. I really enjoyed ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ and I thought the costumes were splendid.”

  • BEST FILM EDITING“Moonlight”

“I was so impressed with ‘Moonlight.’ In many ways, this year was about love. In politics, it was about love against hate. In music, we were losing the ones we love the most. In the movies, love was an evolution. Emma and Ryan are in love in ‘La La Land’ but what does that say about the two boys in ‘Moonlight’ or even Jackie Kennedy missing her husband? I picked ‘Moonlight’ because it was three stories in one but it all felt exactly like one complete movie.”

  • BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLINGABSTAIN

“I didn’t see ‘The Suicide Squad’ or ‘Star Trek.’ I heard they weren’t very good so I didn’t bother.”

  • BEST SOUND MIXING“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
    BEST SOUND EDITING“Arrival”

“I grew up on “Star Wars” and this one was really well done.”

  • BEST VISUAL EFFECTS“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCORE“Lion”

“Terrific.”

  • BEST ORIGINAL SONG“City of Stars” from “La La Land”
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE“13th”

“This movie is very timely. Very, very timely.”

(Asked her if she felt that “O.J.: Made in America” was a film or not)

“Well, first of all, it’s too long. And I don’t think it’s a movie. It was on TV, wasn’t it? See, I think there’s a more appropriate place for that.”

  • BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – “The Salesman”

(Asking if the MUSLIM BAN from Donald Trump influenced her decision)

“No, it didn’t. I genuinely love the film but I’ll say it surely helps that it’ll be sticking it to him because it’s really disgraceful and devastating what’s happening in this country.”

  • ANIMATED SHORT“Pearl”
    DOCUMENTARY SHORT“The White Helmets”
    LIVE ACTION SHORT – “Silent Nights”

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